Kids who live on a horse ranch decide to sell the excess manure as fertilizer, but their new company soon comes under fire from the state tax board.


(as Ronald F. Maxwell)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Van Hoe ...
Skip Russo
Dickie Cessna
Mahlon Richmond ...
Harvey Peterjohn
Cinnamon Idles ...
Nene Cessna
Henry Kendrick ...
Mr. Ruggles (as Hank Kendrick)
Phil Porzinski
Phil Rubenstein ...
Mel Sloman
Elizabeth Gorcey ...
June Cessna
Bette Cessna
Joan Cessna (as Maggie Blye)
Richard Cessna
Lois Bradley ...
Lady Golfer
Pearl Ward ...
Orville Peterjohn
Jim Clark


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13 April 1984 (USA)  »

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Kidco - lasten bisnes  »

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The end scene where the kids are standing in the car with all thier supporters around them was real. The extras in this scene was not done with any special effects, the crowd was gotten by a casting call in the local paper where it was filmed just one day before this scene was shot. See more »

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Pretty watchable movie
3 October 2008 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

KIDCO is a very watchable movie about children creating a Fertilizer Distribution Business, resulting in these children being sued by a rival Fertilizer Salesman (the character of Orville Peterjohn) who once held local dominance in town. Orville Peterjohn, angry at losing his monopoly on his Fertilizer Sales business decides to sue KIDCO under a variety of corporate regulations, state requirements for submitting documentation to the variety of agencies as well as failure to pay sales tax. The courtroom drama being precisely a strong Conservative message (without dipping into hysterical rants) about how there are too many forms to submit for approval in the basic creation of a new business entity. The movie plays out with some tiny "twist surprises" in the courtroom scene, but at no time drives off into insultingly stupid territory or insults the children as human beings or insults the legal system (as it is) despite having the courts becoming "the tool of oppression" working on the behest of the character of Orville Peterjohn.

The children here are wonderfully sane, rational, logical, emotionally normal, and very human. The courts, family, and townspeople all remain believable human beings and not grotesque insane idiotic parodies of human beings as is so common in "children's entertainment" these days. The movie moves through the story at an enjoyable energetic pace and did not bore me as a viewer. There are no explosions or cartoon characters or "zany sound effects" or digital animation, just regular human people of a normal intelligence level sanely seeking to better themselves and their families with creative wit and enduring the challenges of a short realistic courtroom drama about defending their interests from the tyranny of a business rival.

My summation is that this movie is wonderfully not insulting to the intelligence of the children or the adults viewing this movie.

If your children are vapid overstimulated psychotic idiots, then you should take them to go see "The Bee Movie". If you want better for your children and your children want a better life for themselves, then get them a copy of this movie.

======== KIDCO did have a few minor audio editing problems (no audible audio distortion or distracting unnatural audio noises, just a bit more editing was needed to lessen standard human audio of feet shuffling bodies as they flump into a sitting position on chairs and so on). The movie was professionally lit and framed to best set the proper mood for the movie in a natural manner. The acting was exceptional for a movie for children and the script, although only simplistic at points to not drag the movie into tedium.

Ron Rifkin provides a very comprehensive (and handsomely bearded) performance as the lawyer for the plaintiff.

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