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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Gabrewski
Barry Gabrewski
Mr. Lee
Noreen Chan (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
Kelly Stone
John Buchanan ...
Randy Cellini
Dennis Letts ...
Man with Dog
Christy Martin ...
Female Student
Lawrence Joe ...
Old Chinese Man


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bajnok és a kölyök  »

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$17,180,393 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The white building seen in the background where Barry is training with the nunchucks is the former Blue Ribbon rice silo - the silo stood vacant for several years and was demolished in 1996; the former rice silo is the current location of the Memorial Heights subdivision, which is a townhouse community in close proximity to Downtown Houston. See more »


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 »


Chuck Norris: Come on, Barry. That's it. Use your legs.
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Referenced in Movie Nights: Gooby (2011) See more »


In the Hall of the Mountain King
from the Per Gynt Suite
by Edvard Grieg
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For the kids ...
14 April 2002 | by (Swindon, UK) – See all my reviews

Aaron's firmly in the driver's seat while brother Chuck lays down the action yet again in this enjoyable and harmless action romp, a re-hash of The Karate Kid only less involved and played mainly for laughs. Brandis is the asthma-induced child who dreams of fighting alongside his screen hero Chuck Norris. Mako plays loveable sage Mr. Lee who teaches the kid a little confidence and karate and soon enough his dreams form reality as the man himself soon turns up in the flesh at a martial arts tournament. Tame and undemanding, Sidekicks is an idle gem that whiles the hours away.

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