Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

7.51 h 21 min2014NR
A deeply funny portrait of bold and brassy Broadway legend & Emmy winner Elaine Stritch (30 Rock) with Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, John Turturro and others.
Chiemi Karasawa
Elaine StritchAlec BaldwinTina Fey
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James GandolfiniCherry JonesNathan LaneJohn TurturroGeorge C. Wolfe
Chiemi KarasawaAlec BaldwinElizabeth HemmerdingerGinalola LowryTravis ShakespeareCheryl Wiesenfeld
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Melanie "Vaxxed & Masked" GilbertReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2022
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This 2013 documentary follows the 87-year-old Broadway legend as she prepares for a life far from center stage. Old-age infirmities necessitate a move closer to her family, with Stritch relocating from her hotel life in the heart of New York City to a condo in Birmingham, MI, a tony suburb of her Detroit childhood home. It’s a move fraught with reluctance and anxiety from a performer who had spent her career fighting for professional respect, recognition and the spotlight.

In her indomitable style, Stritch turns this swan-song film into a star-turning role. She’s in total control, and it’s easy to see why she had a reputation of being hard to work with. At one point in the filming, Stritch goes out of frame, then reappears to admonish the cameraman for not following her, providing tips on how to reshoot “the scene.” Her bossiness and brassy flair infuse this 80-minute work. She’s also in every frame, which can get tiresome, but ironically captures the scene-stealing reputation she had in her prime that drove composers and directors nuts. Audiences, though, loved her.

Thanks to the devotion of some key people (such as the much abused but devoted pianist Rob Bowman, for instance), her longevity and near-constant work (appearing on television, performing in cabaret shows and a one-woman touring show) Stritch carved out a successful late-in-life career in which her starring role was playing herself. Anonymity was anathema to Stritch, and “Shoot Me” gave this restive talent a well-deserved curtain call.
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Phil SilvermanReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2015
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Funny; sad yet engaging. Theatre students check it out!
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Famous Broadway actress / singer / dancer / comedian is shown ages 85 to 88, looking back in her Manhattan digs as she prepares for a new Sondheim show, actually a cabaret act using his songs. many celebrities offer insightful cameos.

Seems she is quite self aware: she never struggled financially (?), coming from patrician Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and marrying very successful men. But this awareness does not seem to extend to her performance life, where she has endured some real flops. was she ever a raging beauty , a great actress, a great singer? Her eccentricities ultimately keeping her at a distance?

This is a very deep portrait, as we get views of her from the '50s, '60s, in the recording studio, agonizing over flat notes; in a hospital bed around 2013. I am glad I watched this all the way thru: Stritch fans buy it now. This casual fan will donate the DVD to the Library.
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8675 3oh9999Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2021
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Really funny movie... well done
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No idea who she was before watching this. Wife dragged me into living room and I'm glad she did. This movie is very very funny and emotional at times. A great perspective on show business, getting older, struggling with memory loss and/or dementia, etc. I never knew her before, but I do now, and I'm happy I found her story.
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SocratesReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2014
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Elaine was the most wonderful close friend of mine for
my entire life. I couldn't have been luckier, and I will miss
her forever.

The director, Chiemi Karasawa, has made a flawless and
seamless work of art with this film. I was never aware of
any intrusive camera work - it's as if there were no camera
at all, and that is truly a rarity in documentaries.

I can only say, knowing Elaine as well as I did, since she
was so unique, so brilliant, such a consummate performer
and dazzling human being, that I feel really blessed to see her in this film.

Her courage and battle with a serious form of diabetes, her strength and honesty
both in her work and privately, her mind-blowing timing and unbelievable sense of humor,
her fragility and kindness, her astounding life force as she prepares for her shows -
we learn many life lessons from this great and remarkable lady.

PickyPartyPlannerReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2015
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I loved the mess out of her and will always cherish ...
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My husband had the pleasure to meet Ms. Stritch; I talked to her on the phone one day and was shocked when he one day brought home a "gift from Elaine" - a CASE (not a couple of boxes!) of Bay's English Muffins. What a dame, that Elaine! I loved the mess out of her and will always cherish our one-time "real" to the heart conversation we had. What an honor it was for my husband to spend time with such an awesome woman that gave her heart and soul to the theatre; for him to be chosen to work for her in her home, until her diabetes worsened and she needed professional assistance, was a wonderful experience that he often refers back to and will never forget.
Long live the memory of Elaine Stritch! She was something!
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CD in DCReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2014
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break a leg
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the old girl has left the building but her spirit is still here, clear and magnificent, not sure she would make it back in her native Birmingham Michigan and indeed she didn't. As with Joan Rivers Piece of Work, there's a downside of seeing stars up close and it's not just without makeup, you see the pettiness, the rudeness and most of all, the charm that keeps them going and keeps us going to see them. She's not without her faults and when speaking to the camera after the credits, you wonder if she's lost it mentally. Still, it's good fun and mostly good fun to see her so happy, mostly on stage and not off. I am sorry that she's gone but glad we have this record of her. Hard for filmmakers to keep up with her for sure. RIP Elaine.
Anne StepienReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2014
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I am a big fan of Elaine Stritch's and pre-ordered this documentary. Very well done and shows the brassy old broad so many of us love, as well as the vulnerable side as her health declines that probably very few have ever seen. She does have some sage advice about getting older. I cried when Elaine talked about it "being her time" (to leave the building, as she put it) and that she hopes she "can at least be amusing." In an interview promoting the documentary, Elaine stated that she was at the stage in her life that she doesn't need anything....those last 2 bras she bought would be her last. Sadly, she died less than a month after the documentary was released.
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ncmoviefanReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2014
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One of the Greats
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It was kind of sad to watch this after she died because you could see so much of the pain, confusion, and aging happening right before your eyes. But she was a remarkable actress whether on Broadway, movies, or Tv, and we have little parts of her to fondly remember, even though it almost breaks you heart to watch it. A much better record of her career is the documentary Elaine Stritch: at Liberty. I recommend you see if first because as old as she was getting, she pushed and pushed her self to be fablulous in everything she did. And she accomplished so much. It's a privilege to have a record of a truly great performer. Elaine, I will miss you.
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