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The Orkly Kid (1985)

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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Referenced in Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015) See more »

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Please Don't Keep Me Waiting
Performed by Crispin Glover
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Interesting
3 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

When I was quite young when my sister took me to the downtown art center where the director was showing this film. I think there were two versions of this. Both were pretty much the same but had a different scene here and there.

This short really shows how people in some small towns think and how they treat change. It really stuck in my mind afterwards. I dont know where you can find it or see it but its worth it.


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