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Fire Sale (1977)





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Alan Arkin directed and starred in this anarchic comedy. Benny Fikus (Vincent Gardenia) is the owner of a department store that's on its last legs, with his nebbishy son Russell (Rob Reiner) serving as his second-in-command. Benny's bother Ezra (Arkin) used to work with him at the store, but he quit to coach basketball in the midst of a long losing streak. Ezra's wife Marion (Anjanette Comer) desperately wants a child, and Ezra needs a new star player, so he thinks he's helping both of them when he adopts a black teenager (Byron Stewart) who shoots mean hoop. Benny, looking for a way out of the store's irrevocable financial slump, wants to burn the place down for the insurance money, but rather than hire an arsonist, he tries to convince his brother-in-law, Zabbar (Sid Caesar), that the store is actually a Nazi stronghold so Zabbar that will do the deed on his own. The supporting cast also includes Sally K. Marr, whose son was controversial comedian Lenny Bruce. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Alan Arkin
as Ezra Fikus
Rob Reiner
as Russel Fikus
Anjanette Comer
as Marion Fikus
Kay Medford
as Ruth Fikus
Barbara Dana
as Virginia
Sid Caesar
as Zabbar
Oliver Clark
as Blossom
Augusta Dabney
as Mrs. Cooper
Don Keefer
as Banker
Bill Henderson
as Psychiatrist
John Horn
as Louis
Bob Leslie
as Van Driver
John Bear Hudkins
as Wheelchair Patient
William Bogert
as Insurance Doctor
William Prince
as Mr. Cooper
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

This outrageous absurdity has its moments, although one needs a strong stomach for some of the sick jokes.

October 26, 2021 | Full Review…

Fire Sale is comedy, but with so many errors it's hard to know where to begin.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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