Gleason (2002)

How Sweet It Was!

  • Genre: Drama, Family, TV Movie
  • Release Date: 2002-10-13
  • User Rating: 5.7/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 0min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Barbara Lieberman Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America, Canada
  • Director: Howard Deutch
star 5.7/10
From 8 Ratings


The story begins at the height of Gleason's career. He has it all: women, wealth, and extraordinary power. But he is haunted by memories of his childhood. Gleason spends his formative years entering amateur contests, performing in sleazy night spots. Along the way, he steals gags from the best comics in town and finds love with Genevieve, a dancer whom he marries. But Gleason isn't the ideal husband or even a responsible father as he abandons his family to answer the call of Hollywood. Brash, arrogant, and egotistical, he alienates his directors and the man who discovers him. When he ends up back in New York, Gleason gets one of those rare second chances in the new medium of television, creating some of its most unforgettable characters. But even as Gleason becomes the talk of the tube, his life - ruled by demons of rage, booze, and insecurity - unravels.

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  • Brad Garrett

    as Jackie Gleason
  • Saul Rubinek

    as George 'Bullets' Durgom
  • Gretchen Egolf

    as Genevieve Halford
  • Kristen Dalton

    as Audrey Meadows
  • Michael Chieffo

    as Art Carney
  • Danny Wells

    as Jack L. Warner
  • Mark Camacho

    as Sammy Birch
  • Jason Blicker

    as Sol Friedman
  • Vlasta Vrana

    as Toots Shor
  • Shawn Lawrence

    as William S. Paley
  • Kevin Dunn

    as Jack Philbin
  • Terry Farrell

    as Marilyn Taylor
  • Paula Jean Hixson

    as Mae Gleason
  • Jack Langedijk

    as Herb Gleason
  • Jake Brockman

    as Young Jackie Gleason
Directing Howard Deutch Director
Writing Michael Preminger Writer
Writing Rick Podell Writer
Editing Seth Flaum Editor
Camera Neil Roach Director of Photography