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

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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)
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2nd Trooper (as Steve Chambers)
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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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Second of three screen versions of Donald E. Westlake's 1974 novel "Jimmy the Kid". The first was 1976's Italian Come ti rapisco il pupo (1976) made and released about six years earlier whilst the third was 1999's German Jimmy the Kid (1999) made and released about seventeen years later. See more »

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When Kelp and Dortmunder steal the tan sedan, Kelp tells Dortmunder that he never stole a Dodge before and hopes it gets good mileage, the car they have stolen is, in fact, a Chevy Malibu. See more »

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Jimmy: [Jimmy and Maurice read a sign that says "Deture" and Maruice follows the instructions] Did you see that sign? Detour was spelled wrong.
Maurice: It means the same thing.
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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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