The World's Greatest Lover (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

The World's Greatest Lover (1977)




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Movie Info

In this comedy, 1920s movie producer Zitz is searching for the next Rudolph Valentino. When Rudy Valentine sets off to audition for the part, he must compete with scores of other men for the part, while attempting to keep his wife from running off with the real Rudolph Valentino.


Gene Wilder
as Rudy Valentine, Rudy Valentine/Rudy Hickman
Carol Kane
as Annie Hickman
Dom DeLuise
as Adolph Zitz
Fritz Feld
as Tomaso Abalone
Cousin Buddy
as Himself
Candice Azzara
as Anne Calassandro
Carl Ballantine
as Uncle Harry
Matt Collins
as Rudolph Valentino
Lou Cutell
as Mr. Kipper
James Gleason
as Room Clerk
as Director
Florence Sundstrom
as Aunt Tillie
Robert Ball
as Bald Man
Carol DeLuise
as Woman in Record Store
Stanley Brock
as Yes Man #2
Warren Burton
as Drag Queen
Danny DeVito
as Assistant Director
Richard Dimitri
as Tony Lassiter
Josip Elic
as Headwaiter
Peter Elbing
as Robert Drake
Melissa Fellen
as Cousin Corrine
Ricky Fellen
as Cousin Max
David Huddleston
as Bakery Owner
Patrick Regan
as Assistant Director
Richard Karron
as Bodyguard
Michael McManus
as Yes Man #5
Elya Baskin
as Actor with Bad Breath
David Levy
as Elevator Operator
Sidney Miller
as Man at the Table
Jorge Moreno
as Mexican Gangster
Bunny Summers
as Mother on Train
Pavla Ustinov
as Leading Lady
Jack Riley
as Projectionist
Alvin Hammer
as Second Wardrobe Man
Rolfe Sedan
as Conductor
Zooey Hall
as Finalist #1
Sal Viscuso
as Assistant Director
Lydia Goya
as Singer in Jail
Speedy Zapata
as Mexican Sidekick
Randolph Dobbs
as Yes Man #1
Gino Gottarelli
as Make-up Man
Sandy Roveta
as Woman Dancer
Nick Dimitri
as Boyfriend on Train
Rita Conde
as Whore #1
Teda Bracci
as Whore #3
Gustaf Unger
as Producer
Harry Gold
as Freddie the Runner
Poncie Ponce
as Pineapple
Frank O'Brien
as Yes Man #4
Marya Small
as Slave Girl #2
Harriet Gibson
as Pastry Customer
Peter Elbling
as Robert Drake
Charles Knapp
as Bakery Foreman
George Memmoli
as Truck Driver
Pat Ast
as Bakery/Wardrobe Lady
Tracey Cohn
as Little Girl on Train
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Critic Reviews for The World's Greatest Lover

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Wilder's new movie, The World's Greatest Lover, his second venture as star, director and writer, is not very clever at all.

December 21, 2015 | Full Review…

This soggy excuse for a comedy looks like an old Sid Caesar Show of Shows sketch elongated interminably; there's about ten minutes of funny material to work with, then it falls right on its mugging, leering face.

May 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Wilder shows sparks of greatness, more as director than actor. But while he seems to have the potential to make excellent films someday, this one will probably be remembered as a brief stop along the way.

September 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite Gene Wilder's undeniable personality, his work as an actor results inferior when he's directing himself. His parodies lose rhythm and the structure of the script at times results confusing. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 30, 2019 | Full Review…

In a generation that's filled with cynical, ultra-raunchy, dark comedies, this was refreshing to me. There's a certain innocence in this kind of immature humor that I miss from the movies.

May 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A shrill, silly farce that starts out with some funny moments but quickly fizzles and ends up being quite lame.

November 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/10

Audience Reviews for The World's Greatest Lover


I loved this movie, It stars two of my favourite actors, and it's also directed by Wilder. The story is hilarious as are the jokes within it. I highly recommend this movie to fans.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not Gene Wilder's best.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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