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Writers (WGA):
Scott Alexander (written by) &
Larry Karaszewski (written by)
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Release Date:
27 July 1990 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Al Capone. They were all seven once. See more »
Plot:
A young boy is just short of a monster. He is adopted by a loving man and his wacky wife. The laughs keep coming as the boy pushes them to the limits. See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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Really refreshing! See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Ritter ... Ben

Jack Warden ... Big Ben

Michael Oliver ... Junior

Gilbert Gottfried ... Mr. Peabody

Amy Yasbeck ... Flo

Michael Richards ... Martin Beck

Peter Jurasik ... Roy
Charlotte Akin ... Lorraine
Anna Marie Allred ... Kid #3
Adam Anderly ... Catcher
Robert A. Anderson ... Boy in Chair
Cody Beard ... 2nd Baseman
Jordan Burton ... Kid #1
Eli Cummins ... Umpire

John S. Davies ... Paramedic
Vince Davis ... Clown

Dennis Dugan ... All American Dad
Justin Elledge ... Freddy
Eric Elterman ... All American Boy
Ward Emling ... Mr. Henderson
John William Galt ... Warden
Corki Grazer ... Sister Mary
Vernon Grote ... Guard #2
Garland Hampton ... Serious Boy
Helena Humann ... Mother Superior
Philip Jhin ... Mr. Yangita
Judy Jones ... Anchorperson

Melody Jones ... Sister Abigail
Danny Kamekona ... Mr. Hirohito
Ehchi Edward Kawanabe ... Mr. Mitsui (as Eiichi Edward Kawanabe)

Colby Kline ... Lucy
Joseph Kolb ... Kid #5
Hugh Lampman ... Master of Ceremonies

Ellen Locy ... Nun #2
Kristen Lowman ... Mrs. Henderson
Joshua Martin ... Shortstop
Melissa Reneé Martin ... Friend #2 (as Melissa Martin)
Julie Mayfield ... Harriet
Andrea McCall ... Rich Lady
Willie Minor ... Guard #1
Ron Miranda ... Juan
Shepler Mobley ... Friendly Woman
S. 'Monty' Moncibais ... Prisoner
Norma Moore ... Sister Samantha
Abby Newman ... Friend #1
John O'Connell ... Psychiatrist
Kristy Lynne Patrick ... Kid #2
Eric Poppick ... Dr. Strauss
John Rainone ... Circus Clown

Martin Rayner ... Ringmaster

Dennis Redfield ... Cameraman
Symone Redwine ... Friend #3

Lico Reyes ... Pedro
Florence Schauffler ... Mrs. Perkins (as Florence Shauffler)
Shaun Shimoda ... Kinjo Hirohito
Garry Smith ... Angry Little Person
Josh Stoppelwerth ... Kid #4
Al Trejo ... Policeman
Alex Utroska ... Kid in Dugout
Kerry Von Erich ... Neo Nazi
Jack Willis ... Regular Joe
Ed Yeager ... Jim O'Conner
Jessica Zucha ... Serious Girl
John Achorn ... Additional Voice (voice)
Lee Arnone ... Additional Voice (voice)
Catherine Battistone ... Additional Voice (voice)
Rina Lee Bennett ... Additional Voice (voice)

Bob Bergen ... Additional Voice (voice) (as Robert Bergen)
Deem Bristow ... Additional Voice (voice)
Agim Coma ... Additional Voice (voice)
Maggie Dawson ... Additional Voice (voice)
Claudette Duffy ... Additional Voice (voice)

Phillip Glasser ... Additional Voice (voice)
Kenneth Hartman ... Additional Voice (voice)

Endre Hules ... Additional Voice (voice)

Richard Kline ... Additional Voice (voice)
Amy Levy ... Additional Voice (voice)
Marilyn Madderom ... Additional Voice (voice)
Humberto Ortiz ... Additional Voice (voice)
Anthony Tyler Quinn ... Additional Voice (voice)
LaGloria Scott ... Additional Voice (voice)
Burton Sharp ... Additional Voice (voice)

Laura Summer ... Additional Voices (voice)

Dan Woren ... Additional Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Arenstein ... Cafeteria Nun (uncredited)
James Field ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Derek A. Jones ... Man in Store (uncredited)

Jamie Day Price-Young ... Extra Kid at Carnival (uncredited)

Summer Selby ... Parent at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Dennis Dugan 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Scott Alexander (written by) &
Larry Karaszewski (written by)

Produced by
James D. Brubaker .... executive producer
Robert Simonds .... producer
Michael Torres .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miles Goodman 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Finan 
Daniel P. Hanley  (as Daniel Hanley)
Mike Hill  (as Michael Hill)
 
Casting by
Valerie McCaffrey 
Nancy Nayor 
 
Production Design by
George Costello 
 
Art Direction by
Mike Bingham  (as Michael Bingham)
Nelson Coates 
 
Set Decoration by
Denise Pizzini 
 
Costume Design by
Eileen Kennedy 
 
Makeup Department
Nena Smarz .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
James D. Brubaker .... unit production manager
Kimberley Cooper .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Fortmuller .... second assistant director
Mickey Gilbert .... second unit director
Steven Hirsch .... first assistant director: second unit
Thompson O'Sullivan .... second assistant director: second unit
James Simons .... first assistant director
Don Wilkerson .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Richard L. Barlow .... carpenter
Bard Breitearth .... set dresser
Nick Burns .... key painter
Robert David Burns .... set painter
Nelson Coates .... assistant art director
Jerry Crabb .... carpenter
David Durand .... storyboard artist
Rob Edleson .... property master: scond unit
Michael Fisher .... carpenter (as Michael S. Fisher)
Bob Flach .... set dresser (as Robert Flach)
Floyd Gentry .... stand-by painter
Debbie Hayn-Cass .... art department coordinator (as Debbie Hayn)
Doug Henderson .... carpenter
Colin Jefferson .... carpenter
Larry Langley .... construction coordinator
Steven D. Langley .... carpenter
Harold P. Livingston .... carpenter (as Harold F. Livingston)
Bennie R. Miles Jr. .... foreman (as Bennie F. Miles Jr.)
Meredith Motley .... on-set dresser
Mike Parsons .... property master (as C. Michael Parsons)
Robert E. Parsons .... set dresser
Tony Poston .... carpenter
Joe Sharber .... assistant property master
Edward M. Shewmake .... prop production assistant
Mark Shields .... set painter
Phil Shirey .... set dresser: second unit (as John Philip Shirey)
Tim Short .... carpenter (as Timmy Short)
Christopher Smith .... carpenter (as Chris Smith)
J. Grey Smith .... lead man
Jackey R. Taylor .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Charlie Ajar Jr. .... recordist (as Charles Ajar Jr.)
Alan Bromberg .... sound editor (as Allan Bromberg)
Don Broughton .... boom operator
Scott Burrow .... adr editor
Michael C. Casper .... supervising re-recording mixer
Blake R. Cornett .... assistant sound editor (as Blake Cornett)
Edison E. Craig .... foley editor
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Mike Dobie .... sound editor
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer (as Thomas Gerard)
Mark Gordon .... sound editor
David W. Gray .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby
Jay Kamen .... supervising adr editor
Steve Kohler .... foley recordist
Dave Kulczycki .... sound editor (as David Kulczycki)
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (as Daniel Leahy)
Phillip Linson .... adr editor
Greg W. Lowe .... adr recordist
Larry Mann .... supervising sound editor
Lori Martino .... assistant sound editor
Karen Minahan .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris M. Moriana)
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jim M. Moriana)
Steve Olson .... sound editor
Karin Roulo .... foley mixer
Tanya Sharp David .... adr mixer
José Antonio Torres .... foley editor (as Jose A. Torres)
Robert Wald .... sound mixer
Jennifer Winslow .... cable person
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence A. Aeschlimann .... special effects (as Lawrence Albert Aeschlimann)
Jack 'Deuce' Bennett II .... special effects
Jack Bennett .... special effects coordinator
Lyn Caudle .... special effects
Steve Krieger .... special effects (as Stephen Jerome Krieger)
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Chistine Baur)
Buff Brady .... stunts
Jamie S. Bunch .... stunts (as Jamie Bunch-Elliott)
Tim Butler .... stunts
Gary Davis .... stunts (as Gary D. David)
Ronnie Duke .... utility stunts
Randy Fife .... stunts (as Fife)
Sam Fife .... stunts
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts (as Troy Michael Gilbert)
Carol Halvorson .... stunts
Hollis Hill .... stunts
Peter Horak .... stunts
Thomas Jackson .... stunts (as Tammy Jackson)
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Gainer Johnson .... utility stunts
Margaret Johnson .... utility stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts (as Gene Le Bell)
James C. Lewis .... stunts (as Jim Lewis)
Ben Loggins .... stunts (as Ben E. Loggins)
Matt McColm .... stunts
Charles Milan .... stunts
Robert Miller .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Bruce W. Morgan .... stunts (as Bruce Morgan)
Bobby Porter .... stunts
M. Sue Raagas .... utility stunts
Mike Shanks .... stunts
Dena Shepherd .... stunts (as Dena Sheperd)
Tim Short .... stunts
John Shults .... stunts (as Jon A. Shults)
Rhonda R. Smith .... utility stunts
Cherie Tash .... stunts
Doug Terranova .... stunts
Bob Yerkes .... circus stunt coordinator
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
Leon Slaughter .... stunt player (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Anaya .... second assistant camera: second unit
David Brink .... camera loader
Brown Cooper .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Tom Davidson .... key grip: second unit
Ron Ferguson .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Ronnie Ferguson)
Gerrit Garretsen .... dolly grip
Stephen A. George .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as George Stephen)
Bill Greenberg .... best boy electric
Gary Jay .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John Johns .... video playback operator
David McGill .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Paul McIlvaine .... gaffer (as Paul W. McIlvaine)
Robert W. Moreno .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Robert W. Moreno .... electrician
Ryan Nellis .... still photographer
Michael Pagan .... electrician (as Michael M. Pagan)
David Perez .... grip
Don Reddy .... camera operator
Don Reddy .... director of photography: second unit
Kerry Rike .... key grip
William Commodore Shelden .... second assistant camera: second unit
John Patrick Smith .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Patrick Smith)
Carl D. Stitt .... best boy grip
George Stitt .... grip
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Ralph Watson .... camera operator: second unit
Lito White .... camera operator: second unit
Michael R. Wohlfield .... camera loader: second unit
David A. Wright .... grip
R. Michael Yope .... electrician
Mark A. Hatley .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Gina Hope .... extras casting assistant
Rody Kent .... casting consultant: Texas
Donna Larson .... casting associate
Keith Mitchell .... extras casting assistant
Sherry Sims .... extras casting coordinator
Garrison True .... additional casting
Eric Northcutt .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Sherry Sims .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dayna Cussler .... wardrobe supervisor
Suzanne Walker Dunkelberg .... seamstress
Annette Hoffman .... wardrobe supervisor
Jolie Von Suhr .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Dennis McCurdy .... editorial production assistant
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Hali Rosen .... post-production assistant
Ray Sabo .... negative cutting
Donald B. Schaeffer .... assistant editor
Tim Silano .... assistant editor
Roger Tweten .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Oscar Castro-Neves .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Joel Moss .... scoring mixer
Katherine Quittner .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tina M. Arter-Duquette .... transportation captain: second unit
Tim Buchanan .... production driver
Kenneth L. Castro .... driver
Daniel T. Dickerson .... transportation captain (as Dan Dickerson)
Frank Dixon .... driver
George E. Favors .... driver
Debre L. Fugna .... driver
Jimmy Grandstaff .... driver
David R. Green .... driver
Tommy A. Hair .... driver
Marvin Maxwell .... driver
Ferris McCollum .... driver
Virgil R. McDawel .... driver
Alvin Milliken .... driver
James W. Mixson .... driver
Joel Morton .... driver
Joel Morton .... transportation coordinator: second unit
Dempsey R. Poor .... driver
Fred Pope Jr. .... driver
David Scharnberg .... driver
Tom Bill Stilwell .... driver
Bob White .... transportation coordinator (as Robert T. White)
 
Other crew
Linda M. Beale .... production secretary
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor
David Cass Jr. .... production assistant (as David Cass)
Karen Clemons .... receptionist
Amanda Curry .... production assistant
Terry Dunn .... assistant accountant
Ward Emling .... location manager
Tina L. Fortenberry .... assistant: Mr. Dugan (as Tina Fortenberry)
Maureen Fox .... first aid
Jay Alan Gewertz .... production assistant
Loyce Oliver Green .... sitter
Laurie Allison Harmon .... script supervisor: second unit
Pat Jackson .... studio teacher (as Patrick Jackson)
Don E. Johnson .... circus consultant
Wanda L. Lewis .... utility: second unit
Marcus Lopez .... craft service
Brian Mack .... production assistant
Christi Manders .... assistant: Mr. Simonds
Conte Mark Matal .... production assistant (as Conte Matal)
S. 'Monty' Moncibais .... police liaison
Chris Morehouse .... animal handler
Jewel Myrow .... production assistant
Chad O'Connor .... assistant: Mr. Ritter (as Chad O'Conner)
Michael Oliver .... sitter
Sandra Palacios-Plugge .... assistant location manager
Jennifer Pell .... utility: second unit
Dennis Redfield .... dialogue coach
Steven Reich .... promotion coordinator
Joseph A. Resk .... production assistant
Robert Rhine .... unit publicist
Melissa Roth .... production assistant
Phillip Schenkler .... second assistant accountant
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Jack Smith .... production accountant
Steve Sorkin .... production assistant (as Steve W. Sorkin)
Katherine Swanson .... assistant accountant
Doug Terranova .... tiger trainer
Bill Vergis .... animal coordinator
Cynthia Von Suhr .... production coordinator
Janet L. Wattles .... production accountant (as Janet Wattles)
Ron Whisenant .... production assistant (as Ronald Whisenant)
John Achorn .... adr voice (uncredited)
Ellen Marie Blum .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Childress .... stage manager (uncredited)
Kim Davis .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Vail Romeyn .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Derek J. Young .... additional voice (uncredited)
 
Thanks
David Sameth .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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81 min | 93 min (Extended Version)
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Trivia:
The doll that Junior takes the bow-tie from in the orphanage is a "My Buddy" doll that is missing its striped shirt and tennis shoes. When sold in stores, the doll never originally came with a bow-tie.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Ben steals the car from the neighbors Roy says they are going hunting. The movie takes place during the summer, as evidenced by the circus posters. Hunting seasons are in the fall.See more »
Quotes:
Junior:Hey, Martin! Let's go see the bearded lady.
Martin:No, I've seen too many of them in prison.
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Soundtrack:
BORN TO BE WILDSee more »

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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Really refreshing!, 7 May 2003
Author: Mark Nowiasz (buckaroo+imdb@midworld.de) from Dortmund, Germany

I really enjoyed this film - which was truly different.

To be honest, I'm absolutely fed up with portrays of children (especially in commercials and family movies). Children are always portrayed as so cuuuuuuute and nice - actually, I'm worried about getting tooth decay because of the sweetness involved.

Problem Child is just different - the child is a complete evil brat which causes havoc during the whole movie.

Basically, the film concentrates on showing the evil side of children - and yes, people, there is a cruelty in children. Do you remember your own childhood? The bully who loved to harass weaker children? How about children treat outsiders, like fat/ugly peers? What about kids torturing animals like flies or frogs?

Sure - this comedy is far of and unrealistic, but so are cuuuuuuute and sweet family movies.

So - I quite like the movie, it's a black comedy which is a nice counterpoint to sweet & cute comedies like Home Alone.

7 / 10

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