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

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Jimmy
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Bernice
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May
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Herb
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Nina
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Maurice
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Dr. Stevens
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Kelp
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Harry Walker
Robert F. Hoy ...
1st Trooper (as Bob Hoy)
Steven Chambers ...
2nd Trooper (as Steve Chambers)
Sarina C. Grant ...
Pearl (as Sarina Grant)
Lew Horn ...
Kimball
Frank Miller ...
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Gang of bumbling crooks kidnap a bratty little kid, find out they got more than they bargained for.

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

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12 November 1982 (USA)  »

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La pandilla de Arnold  »

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Second and final lead role in a theatrical feature film of actor Gary Coleman. The movie was also just Coleman's second cinema movie. The first had been in the previous 1981 year's On the Right Track (1981) where Coleman had also top-billed the cast. See more »

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

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Harry Walker: [Jimmy has retrieved the ransom money] How did you do it?
Jimmy: [holds up a copy of "Child Heist"] You see this book?
Harry Walker: Yes?
Jimmy: I wrote it!
Harry Walker: [rolls off bench. Voice over] Of course!
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Version of Jimmy the Kid (1999) See more »

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I'm Havin' Fun
Written by Jeff Levy and Kendall Schmidt
Performed by Jackie English
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Silly fun

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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