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Gilda Live (1980)

R | | Comedy | 28 March 1980 (USA)
A filmed version of the Broadway show starring comedienne Gilda Radner, complete with the characters she made famous on the TV show "Saturday Night Live."


Mike Nichols, Lorne Michaels (uncredited)


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Credited cast:
Gilda Radner ... Herself / Various Characters
Don Novello ... Father Guido Sarducci
Paul Shaffer ... Don Kirshner / The Candy Slice Group
Nils Nichols Nils Nichols ... Roadie
Bob Christianson ... Audition scene pianist
Howard Shore ... The Candy Slice Group (as The Candy Slice Group)
Diana Grasselli Diana Grasselli
Myriam Valle Myriam Valle ... (as Miriam Valle)
Maria Vidal Maria Vidal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Caruso ... The Candy Slice Group (as The Candy Slice Group)
G.E. Smith ... The Candy Slice Group (as The Candy Slice Group)


A filmed version of the Broadway show starring comedienne Gilda Radner, complete with the characters she made famous on the TV show "Saturday Night Live."

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Release Date:

28 March 1980 (USA) See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$344,234, 30 March 1980

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Company Credits

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Broadway Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?


Gilda Radner's stage show was titled "Gilda Radner: Live from New York". It ran from August 2, 1979 to September 22, 1979 during her summer hiatus from Saturday Night Live (1975). Don Novello was nominated for a Tony for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. See more »


Gilda Radner: My, uh, my name is Gilda Radner. Uh, I've had extensive experience in children's theater. I worked for the board of education.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 18 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton (1981) See more »


Roseanne Roseannadanna
Written by Michael O'Donoghue
Performed by Gilda Radner
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See it on video--with one finger on the fast-forward button
2 September 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

For years I watched this movie on a personal videotape with all the dross edited out---most of which contains Don Novello (aka Father Sarducci) filling up time while Gilda Radner changes costumes backstage. Recently seeing the film "uncut", I cannot begin to say how Novello drags this down. He is the worst kind of unfunny comedian, with smug, pothead observations about life stemming from the obviousness of the human condition and dated bits of politics which are no longer topical. Radner, on the other hand, is amazing in her sets: rarely frantic or desperate for laughs, she plows right through if a joke happens to bomb. If only Hollywood could've tapped into this bottle of unabashed energy and self-delight, we might've seen Gilda in some hot comedies. Her takes on Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna are outrageously funny, her timing so sweet when she sings "The Way We Were" as Lisa Loopner, her wit sharp but always tempered with love. She clearly was one-of-a-kind, proving that Hollywood does make mistakes--one of them being its inability to turn this crowd-pleasing woman into a star. **1/2 from ****

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