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Gilbert (film)

Film poster
Directed byNeil Berkeley
Written byNeil Berkeley
James Leche
Produced byMaggie Contreras
David Heiman
James Leche
StarringGilbert Gottfried
CinematographyNeil Berkeley
Edited byJames Leche
Future You Pictures
Distributed byGravitas Ventures
Release dates
  • April 20, 2017 (2017-04-20) (Tribeca)
  • November 3, 2017 (2017-11-03) (New York City)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$8,362[1]

Gilbert is a 2017 American documentary film about the life and career of comedian Gilbert Gottfried. It opened in theaters on November 3, 2017.[2]


The film depicts Gottfried's everyday life with his wife and two children. The film also depicts Gottfried's interactions (on occasion in his real voice) with his two sisters and his relationship with his parents. The film also discusses The Aristocrats joke told at the Hugh Hefner roast that occurred right after the September 11 attacks.[3] Gottfried had just made a joke about a flight to California that had to make a stop at the Empire State Building.[4] The film also discusses the controversy surrounding tweets Gottfried made after the earthquake disaster in Japan that led to his firing as the voice of the Aflac duck.


All appearing as themselves[5]


Gilbert premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20, 2017.[6] The film was also shown at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival[7] and the 2017 deadCENTER Film Festival[8] The film was acquired by Gravitas Ventures[9] and was released in New York City on November 3, 2017 and in Los Angeles on November 10, 2017.[10][11] Gilbert was released on iTunes on November 14, 2017.[12]


Critical response

The film earned high critical praise.[13][14][15] On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Gilbert has an approval rating of 95%, based on reviews from 22 critics. The website's consensus reads, "Gilbert pays tribute to a veteran comedian whose famously grating act belies his thoughtful personality -- and anchors a surprisingly insightful film."[16]


Gilbert won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2017 deadCENTER Film Festival.[17]


  1. ^ "Gilbert". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Matt Singer (September 19, 2017). "'Gilbert' Trailer: Meet the real Gilbert Gottfried". Screen Crush. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "The 12 most unforgettable sets from the Comedy Central Roasts". The Laugh Button. September 5, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Gilbert Gottfried (February 2, 2016). "Gilbert Gottfried on His Infamous 9/11 Joke and 'Too Soon'". Vulture. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Gilbert (2017) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Mike Hale (April 18, 2017). "Mark Your Calendar: The Tribeca Film Festival, Day by Day". The New York Times. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Zac Posen, Gilbert Gottfried among many visiting Toronto for Hot Docs festival". The Young Folks. April 11, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "2017 Festival Schedule". deadCenter Film Festival. Archived from the original on March 8, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Amanda N'Duka (May 23, 2017). "'Gilbert' Gottfried's Tribeca Docu Lands At Gravitas; Mubi Nabs Bruce McDonald's Drama 'Weirdos'". Deadline. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Joe McGovern (September 12, 2017). "Gilbert trailer: Prepare to be shocked by this sweet portrait of Gilbert Gottfried". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Ethan Anderton (September 18, 2017). "'Gilbert' Trailer: Gilbert Gottfried Is Surprisingly Chill in a New Biographical Documentary". /Film. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Gilbert on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  13. ^ Joe McGovern (April 17, 2017). "2017 See the poster for the gonzo, unexpectedly touching Tribeca doc about Gilbert Gottfried". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  14. ^ Catherina Gioino (April 20, 2017). "2017 Tribeca Film Review: Gilbert". The Young Folks. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Hubert Vigilla (April 26, 2017). "Tribeca Capsule Review: Gilbert". Flixist. Archived from the original on April 28, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "Gilbert". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 31, 2022.
  17. ^ Lillie-Beth Brinkman (June 15, 2017). "Around Town: Film festival winners". The Journal Record. Retrieved June 16, 2017.

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