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Sidekicks (1992)

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

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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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A bajnok és a kölyök  »

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$17,180,393 (USA)
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In addition to Buseey, other members of RBWI can also be seen in many background shots. RBWI Instructors, Keith Jones and Michael Bussey were also in this film. The RBWI members were the only martial arts extras allowed to wear their own uniforms. The rest of the extras had uniforms supplied by wardrobe. Bussey's custom uniforms so impressed the movie makers that they were kept for the film. 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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Chuck Norris: Come on, Barry. That's it. Use your legs.
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In the Hall of the Mountain King
from the Per Gynt Suite
by Edvard Grieg
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Good, undemanding fun for Norris fans
3 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Sidekicks is a pretty entertaining little film about a young, asthmatic boy who, in his imagination, is the sidekick to his hero, Chuck Norris. Barry, the kid (Brandis) is taught martial arts by his teacher's uncle (Mako). The story culminates with an exciting martial arts exhibition where Barry meets his idol, Chuck Norris, who agrees to help the boy in the competition.

A wish-fullfilment movie in the juvenile sense. Although Chuck has definitely had his day, the idea of meeting and being helped by your fantasy hero, is good fodder for a kids film like this. Some people will probably quibble at the occasional silliness (Richard Moll's ridiculous gym teacher, and Piscopo's over-the-top bad guy karate teacher, to name a few), as well as the obvious self-promotion for Chuck Norris, but I think that the fantasy of the film will work itself over it's intended audience, who should enjoy this little treat of a movie.


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