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Walk Like a Man (1987)

PG | | Comedy | 17 April 1987 (USA)
A boy raised by wolves is reunited as an adult with his real family.

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Melvin Frank

Writer:

Robert Klane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howie Mandel ... Bobo Shand
Christopher Lloyd ... Reggie Shand / Henry Shand
Cloris Leachman ... Margaret Shand
Colleen Camp ... Rhonda Shand
Amy Steel ... Penny
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Walter Welmont
George DiCenzo ... Bob (Bub) Downs
John McLiam ... H.P. Truman
Earl Boen ... Jack Mollins
Howard Platt ... Fred Land
Millie Slavin Millie Slavin ... Essie Welmont
William Bogert ... A.J. (Al) Brown
Isabel Cooley ... Judge / Bystander
Asa Lorre Asa Lorre ... Bobby Shand
Jeremy Gosch Jeremy Gosch ... Young Reggie
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Storyline

As a baby, Bobo gets separated from his family during a camping trip. After being raised by wild dogs for twenty years, Bobo is discovered by animal researcher Penny, who brings him back to his family and attempts to teach Bobo how to readjust to life with humans. While his mother is overjoyed to see him again, Bobo's older brother Henry is more worried about losing his share of the inheritance. As Bobo progresses with Penny's lessons, Henry plots to have him eliminated. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bobo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$460,608
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia

At the Dragon Con convention in 2011, Christopher Lloyd claimed this movie was the one he was most embarrassed by. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after walking home during a rain storm, Reggie chases BoBo across a completely dry lawn, and into the neighbors freshly poured concrete driveway (which does not appear wet). See more »

Quotes

Customer: Are you a homo?
Bobo Shand: No. I'm a Bobo.
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Connections

Referenced in ER: Walk Like a Man (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Sidewalk Talk
Performed and Produced by Jellybean Benítez (as Jellybean)
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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Not Deathless Art But Kind of Fun
6 March 2006 | by sutherla-1See all my reviews

Walk Like a Man isn't Man for All Seasons or Return of the King or Philadelphia, but it's a pleasant diversion. It helps to be half brain-dead to watch it - kind of a tired Friday night film.

Howie Mandel is amazingly physical as a boy raised by wolves. It is believable that his subsequent chronic back problems emanated from tearing around on a leash, sitting on people's heads, eating sloppily at a formal dinner, chasing fire trucks, sniffing crotches and scrambling over objects. Bobo is innocent, spontaneous and good. Cloris Leachman is perfect as Bobo's not quite there mother. Watching them try to learn puzzles together or howl together is enchanting - a real apple:tree connection.

This is not a deathless movie, but it has some fine laugh out loud moments. It's hard to believe that Howie Mandel isn't part wolf.


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