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Jimmy the Kid (1982)

PG | | Comedy | 12 November 1982 (USA)
Gang of bumbling crooks kidnap a bratty little kid, find out they got more than they bargained for.

Director:

Gary Nelson

Writers:

Sam Bobrick (screenplay), Donald E. Westlake (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Coleman ... Jimmy
Paul Le Mat ... John Dortmunder
Ruth Gordon ... Bernice
Dee Wallace ... May
Cleavon Little ... Herb
Fay Hauser ... Nina
Pat Morita ... Maurice
Avery Schreiber ... Dr. Stevens
Walter Olkewicz ... Kelp
Don Adams ... Harry Walker
Bob Hoy ... 1st Trooper
Steven Chambers Steven Chambers ... 2nd Trooper (as Steve Chambers)
Sarina C. Grant Sarina C. Grant ... Pearl (as Sarina Grant)
Lew Horn Lew Horn ... Kimball
Frank Miller Frank Miller ... Cop
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Storyline

Gang of bumbling crooks kidnap a bratty little kid, find out they got more than they bargained for.

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Taglines:

Would you believe . . . the comedy crime caper of the year?

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pandilla de Arnold See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zephyr Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Le Mat is the fourth of seven actors to play the Dortmunder character in a movie. The first had been Robert Redford in The Hot Rock (1972) and the second was George C. Scott in Bank Shot (1974). The third had been Italy's Come ti rapisco il pupo (1976) where Teo Teocoli played the character renamed as "Elia". Christopher Lambert was the fifth in Why Me? (1990), Herbert Knaup the sixth in Jimmy the Kid (1998) with Martin Lawrence the seventh playing the character renamed as "Kevin Caffery" in What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001). See more »

Goofs

In one scene, the limousine's front bumper is knocked off, in subsequent scenes, however, the bumper reappears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: [escaping under the floorboards] It's a good thing I read Escape from Devil's Island.
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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version, the operator that interrupts John and Kelp's phone call to Jimmy's parents has a flat, monotone voice. In the TV version, she has a happy, jovial voice and dubbed over the original operator's voice. See more »

Connections

Follows The Hot Rock (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Havin' Fun
Written by Jeff Levy and Kendall Schmidt
Performed by Jackie English
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Silly fun
18 April 2016 | by BUSTERKOONSSee all my reviews

Let's be honest. This movie is ridiculous. Everything about it is preposterous. But nonetheless it's a lot of fun.

The plot is fairly simply. A group of bumbling petty thieves decide to try for a bigger score - kidnapping! So they scope out Jimmy Lovejoy, the overly-mature son of a father and wife singing duo. Did I mention that his parents sing country music? What??? In spite of being kidnapped Jimmy grows close to his kidnappers. And they like him too. He eventually ends up helping them, while at the same time trying to steer them down a different career path.

Throw in Pat Morita as the blind chauffeur, Avery Schreiber as a crazy psychiatrist and Ruth Gordon's line about "wet panties" and you have a fairly memorable forgotten film.

Silly as it may be, I found it much more entertaining than it probably should have been. We can chalk that up to a pretty stellar cast. Why none of Gary Coleman's movies are on DVD I'll never know. If this ever comes out, I'll line up to buy it. Until then, I'll stick with the DVD-r I copied from my old pre-recorded VHS tape.

Watch it! You won't be disappointed!


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