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Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 25 June 1993 (USA)
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When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.

Director:

Nick Castle

Writers:

Hank Ketcham (characters), John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Mr. Wilson
Mason Gamble ... Dennis Mitchell
Joan Plowright ... Martha Wilson
Christopher Lloyd ... Switchblade Sam
Lea Thompson ... Alice Mitchell
Robert Stanton ... Henry Mitchell
Amy Sakasitz ... Margaret Wade
Kellen Hathaway Kellen Hathaway ... Joey
Paul Winfield ... Chief of Police
Natasha Lyonne ... Polly
Devin Ratray ... Mickey
Hank Johnston Hank Johnston ... Gunther
Melinda Mullins Melinda Mullins ... Andrea
Billie Bird ... Edith Butterwell
Bill Erwin ... Edward Little
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Storyline

Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. Written by Brian W. Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

America's classic kid in a classic comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dennis See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$51,270,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,300,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Henry's (Dennis's father) car is a, 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier RS. See more »

Goofs

In all of the Dennis the Menace stories, both Henry and Alice (his parents) calls both Mr. and Wrs. Wilson by their first names "George" and "Martha." However, while Henry calls Mr. Wilson "George" once when he first interacts with him, like the way it is in all the other stories, he somehow ends up calling him "Mr. Wilson" twice instead of "George" during their chat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Crazy Credits

There's a scene during the credits with Dennis and Andrea, at his mum's work. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Colors of Hope and Wonder (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

A String of Pearls
Written by Jerry Gray
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Courtesy of the RCA/Bluebird Records Label of BMG Music
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Entertaining and funny, where I think the pros outweigh the cons
30 September 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This is far from a perfect family comedy, but I consider it one of the most underrated ones. Amy Sakasitz as Margaret Wade is rather annoying and the usually excellent Christopher Lloyd is sadly over-the-top and distracting as Switchblade Sam complete with a subplot that was a little too violent and doesn't fit with the overall tone of the movie. However, Dennis the Menace despite what its reputation and rating suggests is actually very entertaining and does a pretty good job with the transition from comic to movie. It has been criticised for taking too much ideas from the Home Alone movies and I suppose that's true with the sight gags, but I personally think the sight gags are funny. The cinematography is good, the soundtrack is fun, the story while predictable is well structured and interesting, the pacing is brisk and the direction is efficient. And the acting with exception of Lloyd is not bad at all. Mason Gamble thankfully isn't the annoying brat I was expecting prior to seeing this film, instead he is cute and funny as the mischievous yet well-meaning Dennis, while Walter Matthau from the facial expressions to the delivery of the dialogue is brilliant as Mr Wilson. Joan Plowright is also very touching and Lea Thompson and Robert Stanton also do well as Dennis's parents. In conclusion, it is a decent and entertaining film. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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