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The Orkly Kid (1985)

 |  Short, Comedy  |  October 1985 (USA)
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Larry organizes a talent show in an attempt to get on TV but the small town of Orkly, Idaho, isn't ready for his Olivia Newton-John impersonation.

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Larry
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Merril
John Bluto ...
Byron
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Terrance
Lila Waters ...
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Mr. Larson
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Carrissa
Thersa Belle
Susan Conners
Dean Harvey
Julie Karalis
Ian Lehy
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Larry organizes a talent show in an attempt to get on TV but the small town of Orkly, Idaho, isn't ready for his Olivia Newton-John impersonation.

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This is based on an accidental documentary shot by the director. The story happened just as it happens in the film (other than the airing of the talent show on TV), and occurred entirely by circumstance when the director walked out into the news station parking lot to test a video camera and found the kid. See more »

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Please Don't Keep Me Waiting
Performed by Crispin Glover
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Good, atmospheric character piece.
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Orkly Kid" is a high quality short film, establishing a strong sense of storytelling and characterization, and just barely avoiding becoming heavy-handed in revealing what it's protagonist REALLY wants. Crispin Glover gives a quirky, charming, and ultimately touching performance in the lead role.

While director Trant Harris' visual style is not especially slick, innovative or accomplished, he tells his story very well, and the lack of technical razzle-dazzle actually becomes more of a strength than a weakness. "The Orkly Kid" is not a perfect film. An mentioned before, it comes close to being heavy handed in it's subtext. But it is a memorable, creative and well told story that deserves to be seen.


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