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A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)

A Los Angeles police detective partners up with a talking gnome in order to bring down the head of a crime ring.


Stan Winston


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Casey Gallagher
Jerry Orbach ... Stan Walton
Claudia Christian ... Samantha 'Sam'
Eli Danker ... Zadar
Mark Harelik ... Detective Kaminsky
Robert Z'Dar ... Reggie
Mike Avery Mike Avery ... Gnorm
Craig Caton Craig Caton ... Gnorm
Greg Figiel Greg Figiel ... Gnorm
Eric Karlen Eric Karlen ... Gnorm
Eileen Kastner-Delago Eileen Kastner-Delago ... Gnorm
Richard J. Landon Richard J. Landon ... Gnorm (as Richard Landon)
Frank Charles Lutkus III Frank Charles Lutkus III ... Gnorm (as Charles Lutkus)
Shane Mahan Shane Mahan ... Gnorm
Brandon Mason Brandon Mason ... Gnorm


Gnorm is just an average Gnome. But he wants to impress the lady Gnomes by doing something heroic. So he steals the Gnome's magic stones to expose them to sunlight to recharge them. When he gets to the surface, (Gnome's live deep underground) he witnesses a murder, and the killer ends up with his stones. Detective Casey, who was working a sting operation with the murdered man, (another detective) is blamed for botching the sting, and causing the death. Wanting to catch the killer to clear his name, he teams up with Gnorm, who he accidentally discovers. He is going to need Samantha's help, but she thinks he is a nut. You see, no one else knows about Gnorm. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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This cop's got a brand new partner... And a lot of explaining to do. See more »


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Release Date:

18 May 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Space Cop See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Claudia Christian also starred in Maniac cop 2 with Robert Z'Dar. Both maniac cop 2 and upworld were initially released in 1990 See more »


Gnorm: [Last line] Hey, Slug lips! Something wrong with you? Make her toes curl!
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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »


Written by Steve Schiff, Jo Julian and Arthur Barrow
Courtesy of Tanica Music, Ozmo Music, Property Situation Music, Cydonian Music Company and Zone Age Publishing
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Stan Winston was marvelous at Makeup SFX, however...
14 March 2013 | by X-the-UnknownSee all my reviews

This film is one of those that makes very clear an adage, which is pretty important in any line of work, and especially in film IMO -- "Know what you know, and know what you don't know." Stan Winston very clearly knew Makeup Special Effects, and he was a master in that field. He clearly did not know film directing ( nor shot coverage nor overseeing editing nor,... well, several other knowledge gaps in his tool chest pop out when one views this movie).

The puppetry and facial animatronics in this movie are very good, but it falls flat in almost every other department (although I think there MAY have been a decent script initially).

Hitchcock didn't sing in films, he knew better. The Coens don't act in films, they know better. Daniel Day-Lewis does not write screenplays, he brings the characters off of the page as a master actor. Stan Winston knew Makeup SFX at a master level, but did not know film directing.

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