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Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 25 June 1993 (USA)
When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.

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Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. Written by Brian W. Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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He's armed... He's adorable... And he's out of school for the entire summer. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

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$51,270,765 (USA)
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Jeannie Russell: Jeannie Russell who played Margaret Wade in the original Dennis the Menace TV series made a cameo appearance in the film, portraying one of the Mitchell's neighbors. See more »

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When the policeman drives up to Switchblade Sam he is clearly in the driver's seat. Then he is suddenly in the passenger seat when he calls Switchblade over. In the next view he is then out of the car on the driver's side again. See more »

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[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001) See more »

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A String of Pearls
Written by Jerry Gray
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Courtesy of the RCA/Bluebird Records Label of BMG Music
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Why Switchblade Sam?
4 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Mr. George Wilson (Walter Matthau) is a retired postman with loving wife Martha (Joan Plowright). He is tired of the irreverent boy living next door, Dennis the Menace. He is hosting the party for the Garden Society and desperate to show off his flower. Dennis has loving parents (Robert Stanton, Lea Thompson) who treat him with kid gloves. He hates being forced to spend time with Margaret Wade. It's an idyllic town life until the arrival of Switchblade Sam (Christopher Lloyd). Dennis' parents go away for work and the Wilson has the babysit the Menace.

I love Walter Matthau and the kid is rambunctious. I like Dennis' family. I love Margaret and the other kids. Switchblade Sam makes no sense being in this movie universe. I think John Hughes is trying to recreate Home Alone. It's a big mistake. The movie is split in two. I find the parts without Switchblade Sam fun especially with Matthau. It's got a childlike innocent tone with a splash of modern irreverence and that's what so great about it. Switchblade Sam has no place in that world.


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