See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

Taglines: MURDER! The blind guy couldn’t see it. The deaf guy couldn’t hear it. Now they’re both wanted for it.

A blind man named Wally Karew (Richard Pryor) and a deaf man named Dave Lyons (Gene Wilder) meet when Wally applies for a job in Dave’s New York City concession shop. After a brief period of confusion and antagonism, Wally and Dave become close friends. Dave reads lips and guides Wally when they travel, and Wally tells Dave about invisible sounds and what people say behind his back. At a local bar, Wally defeats an aggressive bully in a fistfight with assistance from Dave, who uses clock-face directions to tell Wally where his opponent is. Dave hires Wally.

One morning, as Wally waits outside for the day’s newspapers, a man walks into Dave’s shop. When the man is approached by a beautiful woman named Eve (Joan Severance), he quickly removes a gold coin from a suitcase and places it in a box of coins sitting on the counter. The woman takes the suitcase and shoots the man in the stomach as Dave – whose back is turned – reads the information on a box of antacid pills.

Dave neither sees nor hears the shooting, but he notices Eve’s legs as she leaves the shop. Wally, who heard the gunshot, walks into the shop and trips over the man’s dead body. Dave then rushes to help Wally and picks up the gun, which Eve left at the scene. When the police arrive, they find Dave and Wally standing over the body with Dave holding the gun. Before they are arrested, Dave tells Wally to collect the coins from the box.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller and produced by Marvin Worth for TriStar Pictures. It stars Richard Pryor as a blind man and Gene Wilder as a deaf man who work together to thwart a trio of murderous thieves. This is the third film uniting Wilder and Pryor, who had appeared previously in Silver Streak (1976) and Stir Crazy (1980).

See No Evil, Hear No Evil Movie Poster (1989)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Starring: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance, Kevin Spacey, Alan North, Anthony Zerbe, Louis Giambalvo, Kirsten Childs, Hardy Rawls, Lauren Tom, Tonya Pinkins
Screenplay by: Earl Barret, Arne Sultan, Marvin Worth, Eliot Wald, Andrew Kurtzman, Gene Wilder
Production Design by: Robert Gundlach
Cinematography by: Victor J. Kemper
Film Editing by: Robert C. Jones
Costume Design by: Ruth Morley
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Jr.
Art Direction by: James T. Singelis
Music by: Stewart Copeland
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: May 12, 1989