A bullied teen who fantasizes about being Chuck Norris' sidekick trains in martial arts to fulfill his dreams.

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Cast

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Jerry Gabrewski
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Barry Gabrewski
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Mr. Lee
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Noreen Chan (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
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Kelly Stone
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Lauren
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Randy Cellini
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Horn
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Mapes
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Hank
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Man with Dog
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Female Student
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Old Chinese Man
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Storyline

Barry is an asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of enjoyment is fantasizing that he is with Chuck Norris. Barry becomes sick of getting picked on by the bigger guys, and decides to learn karate, in hopes of one day meeting the great Chuck Norris. Written by Anonymous

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A dreamer and a champion. An unbeatable team...Until his hero stepped out of his fantasies to fight at his side.


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Rated PG for mild violence and some language | See all certifications »

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30 April 1993 (USA)  »

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$17,180,393 (USA)
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Jonathan Brandis later unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", which Hayden Christensen was got the part. Anakin Skywalker bares some similarities to Barry Gabrewski: Anakin Skywalker lives with his mother Shmi Skywalker. Anakin dreams of being a Jedi Knight. Anakin is introduced to Obi-Wan Kenobi by Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan trains Anakin as a Jedi and instructs him with a lightsaber and in the ways of the force and Anakin fights the villains besides Obi-Wan. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chuck Norris has a beard. See more »

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When Norris and Barry walk into the bar in the western fantasy you can see the two glasses of milk that they order on the bar before they order. They disappear in the next shot and then reappear as the bartender hands them the milk from under the bar. See more »

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Mr. Lee: you must realize that the greatest weapon you possess is self-control.
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Features The Hitman (1991) See more »

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Little Brown Jug
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Music by Joseph Winner
Heard in the saloon daydream.
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A decade of inspiration that never got old.
29 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first Chuck Norris movie I ever saw and it hooked me to his career. This light hearted movie is perfect for people of all ages and can be seen again and again. It really stresses the important values of martial arts training and the stereotypes surrounding them when comparing Lee's (Mako) and Stone's techniques. This is a great family movie and one that I have recommended to family and friends for over a decade. The cast for this movie could not have been chosen better if Aaron and Chuck had tried. In many ways the actors are able to pull the viewers back in time to when they were in high school and remember what it was like. You can relate to these characters which only makes this film better. Again I would recommend this movie to anyone five and up.


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