Remembering Gene Wilder

Biography Rated: NR 92 min

Ron Frank’s documentary is a touching, intimate celebration of the life and legacy of the comic genius behind an extraordinary string of film roles, from his collaborations with Mel Brooks in The Producers and Young Frankenstein (above), to the enigmatic title role in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and his inspired on-screen partnership with Richard Pryor. The film includes hilarious clips and outtakes, never-before-seen home movies, narration from Wilder’s audiobook memoir, and interviews with a roster of his brilliant friends and collaborators. Frank shines a light on Wilder’s childhood and evolution on screen, revealing his unique mix of innocence and explosive silliness that transformed his roles and inspired countless comic actors to come. It is a moving testament to a seminal performer, writer, director, and all-around mensch.



“If this engaging documentary inspires a Wilder streaming marathon, so much the better.” — Thelma Adams, AARP Movies for Grownups
“It’s a very lovely film. Warm, affectionate, so many great anecdotes, and I came to appreciate his artistry on a whole different level.” — Christy Lemire, Film Week/NPR Los Angeles
directed by
Ron Frank
written by
Glenn Kirschbaum
Alan Alda, Mel Brooks, Harry Connick Jr., Rain Pryor, Carol Kane, Eric McCormack
United States