See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Released 1989


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Arthur Hiller , Arthur Hill

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy released by Tri-Star Pictures. Directed by Arthur Hiller, this film was the third comedic pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, following Silver Streak and Stir Crazy. A blind man named Wally Karew (Richard Pryor) and a deaf man named Dave Lyons (Gene Wilder) become friends after Dave applies for a job at Wally's New York City newsstand. Dave reads lips and guides Wally when they travel and Wally tells Dave about invisible sounds and what people are saying behind his back. One day a man is murdered at Wally's newsstand and Wally and Dave are arrested. Dave and Wally escape from the police station and must use all of their skills to evade the cops and find the real murderers ''' the stunningly beautiful Eve (Joan Severance) and her evil partner Kirgo (Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey in one of his earliest screen performances).


Metacritic Score

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    When it sticks to its strengths - broad physical comedy, Pryor's poetic profanity, Wilder's finely tuned panic - See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a modestly amusing comedy. Were it not...

  • 63

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Not a great comedy, or even, much of the time, a very good one, but the few belly laughs and the relationship between the two stars make it worth seeing. [16 May 1989, p.4D]

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a strange concoction - a bad taste comedy with a big, beating heart. [12 May 1989, p.B]

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