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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective -- A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.


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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Carrey ... Ace Ventura

Courteney Cox ... Melissa Robinson

Sean Young ... Lt. Lois Einhorn

Tone Loc ... Emilio (as Tone Lõc)

Dan Marino ... Himself

Noble Willingham ... Riddle

Troy Evans ... Roger Podacter

Raynor Scheine ... Woodstock

Udo Kier ... Ron Camp
Frank Adonis ... Vinnie

Tiny Ron ... Roc

David Margulies ... Doctor

John Capodice ... Sgt. Aguado
Judy Clayton ... Martha Mertz
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Finkle

Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Finkle

Rebecca Ferratti ... Sexy Woman

Mark Margolis ... Mr. Shickadance

Antoni Corone ... Reporter #1
Margo Peace ... Reporter #2

Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Gruff Man
Henry Landivar ... Burnout
Florence Mistrot ... Neighbor
Robert Ferrell ... Carlson
Will Knickerbocker ... Manager
Gary Munch ... Director
Terry Miller ... Assistant Director
John Archie ... Reporter #3
Cristina Karman ... Reporter #4
Tom Wahl ... Reporter #5
Herbert Goldstein ... Crazy Guy

Chaz Mena ... Another Cop
Manuel L. García ... Dolphin Trainer
Don Shula ... Miami Dolphin
Scott Mitchell ... Miami Dolphin
Peter Stoyanovich ... Miami Dolphin
Dwight Stephenson ... Miami Dolphin
Jeff Uhlenhake ... Miami Dolphin
Jeff Dellenbach ... Miami Dolphin
Marco Coleman ... Miami Dolphin
Kim Bokamper ... Miami Dolphin
Jeff Cross ... Miami Dolphin
Chris Barnes ... Thrasher Band 'Cannibal Corpses'
Alex Webster ... Thrasher Band 'Cannibal Corpses'
Paul Mazurkiewicz Jr. ... Thrasher Band 'Cannibal Corpses'
Jack Owen ... Thrasher Band 'Cannibal Corpses'
Robert Barrett ... Thrasher Band 'Cannibal Corpses'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bubba Baker ... Toothless Giant (uncredited)

Vince Cecere ... Stadium Vendor (uncredited)

Robert Deacon ... Redneck #1 (uncredited)

Cassidy McMillan ... Nurse's Assistant (uncredited)
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. ... Football Player (uncredited)

Michelle Russo ... Fan Catching Football (uncredited)
Laird Stuart ... Superbowl Referee (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Shadyac 
Writing credits
Jack Bernstein (story)

Jack Bernstein (screenplay) and
Tom Shadyac (screenplay) &
Jim Carrey (screenplay)

Produced by
Gary Barber .... executive producer
Peter Bogart .... co-producer
Bob Israel .... co-producer
James G. Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
Ira Newborn 
Cinematography by
Julio Macat 
Film Editing by
Don Zimmerman 
Casting by
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
William A. Elliott  (as William Elliott)
Art Direction by
Alan E. Muraoka 
Set Decoration by
Scott Jacobson 
Costume Design by
Bobbie Read 
Makeup Department
Jay Cannistraci .... 2nd makeup artist (as Jay S. Cannistraci)
Donna Battersby Greene .... 2nd hair stylist (as Donna Greene)
Pauletta O. Lewis .... key hair stylist (as Pauletta Lewis)
Pamela Priest .... 3rd hair stylist (as Pamela B. Priest)
Sheryl Ptak .... key makeup artist
Lee Grimes .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Peter Bogart .... unit production manager
Jody Levin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Druxman .... second assistant director
Melanie Grefe .... key second assistant director
Terry Miller .... first assistant director
Michael Viglietta .... second second assistant director
Julian Valdes .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Lewis Bowen .... head scenic artist
Michael Calabrese .... set dresser
William Les Collins .... construction manager
James P. Crapser .... lead man propmaker
Gabriel C. Ell .... property maker
Wallace G. Emery .... propmaker foreman (as Wally Emery)
Matthew Fleck .... painter
Richard Fojo .... set designer
Paul J. Hendricks .... property maker
Tanya Hotton .... art department coordinator
Dean F. Janik .... painter
Cheryl C. Johnson .... stand-by painter
Jane B. Johnson .... lead person
Gordon Keath .... property maker
Richard F. Malone Jr. .... property maker
Michael J. McCarthy Sr. .... property maker
Mark McCarthy .... carpenter
Geri Petersen .... assistant prop man
J. Randy Peterson .... carpenter (as Randy Peterson)
Michael Reid .... property maker
Vivian Russo .... painter
John R. Salemi .... property maker
Skip Schields .... set props
Philip Schneider .... property manager
Fred Schwendel .... set dresser (as Frederick W. Schwendel)
George Simporis .... painter
Dan Sweetman .... storyboard artist
Paul Vistocco .... painter
Norman E. Weber .... paint foreman
Stuart Wein .... set dresser
Cary Whittaker .... greensman
Nelson Wirtz .... carpenter
Susan Inge Wood .... paint foreman
Curtis Carlin .... swing gang (uncredited)
Michael J. Flynn .... props (uncredited)
Jeremy Alan Read .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dana Austin .... foley artist (as Dana Porter)
Odin Benitez .... first assistant sound editor
Gaston Biraben .... sound editor
Kevin Cerchiai .... cable utility
Jeff Courtie .... adr recordist
Russell C. Fager .... sound mixer
Robert Fitzgerald .... adr supervisor
Randall Guth .... second assistant sound editor
Michael Hilkene .... sound designer
Eric Lindemann .... sound editor (as Eric W. Lindermann)
Gail K. Markley .... assistant to sound editing supervisor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. O'Dell .... boom operator
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Catherine Rowe .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Wolf Schmidt .... sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Arbogast .... special effects supervisor
Thomas Kittle .... special effects
Andrew Nicholls .... special effects assistant
Patrick Tantalo .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World (uncredited)
Paul Rivera .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Courtney Brown .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (as Joe '7' Bucaro)
Alex Edlin .... stunts
Terry Gusmano .... stunts
Joe Hess .... stunts
Birgitte Holmgaard .... stunts
Gainer Johnson .... stunts
Alan Jordan .... stunts (as Alan R. Jordan)
Mike Kirton .... stunts
Artie Malesci .... stunt coordinator
Blake Pickett .... stunts
Felipe Savahge .... stunts
Jim Vickers .... stunts
John Zimmerman .... stunts
Kim Zimmerman .... stunts
Tom Bahr .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Chick Bernhardt .... stunts (uncredited)
Andrew Scott Dixon .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Cort Hessler .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Todd Seeley .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
Philip 'Biff' Delaney .... generator operator
Alexis DuPont Jr. .... camera operator
Peter Farber .... second assistant camera
Jon Baronn Farmer .... still photographer
Andrew Giammarco .... grip
Phil Green .... grip
Jamie Klein .... grip
Edward Knott III .... key grip (as Edward Knett III)
Rick Lacoste .... lamp operator
William McConnell .... first assistant camera
Gene Moffat .... lamp operator
Barry Ryan .... best boy
Gary Ryan .... best boy electric
William B. Sechel .... gaffer
Jim Seckel .... lamp operator
John Sider .... lamp operator
Jeff Simon .... photographer: second unit
Owen Stephens .... electrician: rigging
Greg Morse .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Bob Wright .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Steve Brooksbank .... casting assistant
Jeff Fisher .... casting assistant
Dana McFadden .... casting assistant
Mary Jo Slater .... casting
Melissa Scott Clark .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rhona Meyers .... costumer
Emae Villalobos .... wardrobe supervisor
Kelly M. Webb .... set costumer
Gina Williams .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Steven Gary Banks .... post-production assistant (as Steven Banks)
Craig Connell .... assistant editor
Gaston Santiso .... second assistant editor (as Gaston M. Santiago)
Don Thompson .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Raymond Blair .... music recording engineer
Tim Boyle .... music recording engineer
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Dan Stein .... music programmer
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Richard McIlvery .... music recordist (uncredited)
Elizabeth Wendel .... associate music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Larry Crenshaw .... transportation manager
Pirty Lee Jackson .... driver captain
Eric Wade .... executive driver
Kevin Hudis .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tommy Barone .... set production assistant
Michael Battaglia .... unit publicist (as Mike Battaglia)
Greg Beber .... assistant location manager
Ingrid K. Behrens .... set production assistant
Betty Bennett .... script supervisor
Will Brantley .... projectionist (as Will A. Brantley)
Kenneth J. Cooney .... assistant location manager
Tom Deakman .... stand-in: Jim Carrey
Bill Goff .... projectionist
Zoila Gomez .... office production assistant
Diane Gutterud .... production coordinator
Kelly Helstrom .... assistant: Mr. Barber
Margo Hunt .... assistant production coordinator
Richard J. Kupfer .... administrator: Morgan Creek
Eugene Lebowitz .... project consultant
Tamara Lindberg .... accounting clerk
April Mackin .... lead animal trainer
David Mastron .... post-production accountant
Sarah McAnally .... assistant: Mr. Carrey
Michael J. McCarthy .... craft service
Michelle Minyon .... assistant: Mr. Shadyac
Cathy Morrison-Partridge .... head wrangler (as Cathy Morrison)
Jamie Moshall .... set production assistant
Pattison Newberry .... first aid
Steve Oedekerk .... project consultant
Edward V. Pannozzo .... accounting assistant
Michael Scott Reid .... office production assistant
Michael Roberts .... unit accountant
James G. Robinson .... presenter
Louise Rosner .... production coordinator
Valerie Schields .... location manager
Robert Short .... puppeteer
Todd P. Smith .... production coordinator
Elaine Taverrile .... assistant accountant
Douglas Turner .... puppeteer (as Douglas S. Turner)
Melanie Webster .... stand-in
Janet M. West .... assistant: Mr. Robinson
Dawn Barkan .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Paul Barth .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Tammy Blackburn .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Michèle Darmon .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Carolyn Schnitzer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sally Jo Sousa .... animal trainer: penquins, skunk, dogs and parrots (uncredited)
Jim Vickers .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for off-color humor and some nudity
86 min | Turkey:78 min (TV version)
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The real final score of Super Bowl XIX (1985) (TV) was San Francisco 38, Miami 16. The game footage of 'Ray Finkle' used in the film is actually a 1984 clip of Dolphins kicker Uwe von Schamann.See more »
Continuity: The condition of the box that Ace rips after he steps on the bubble wrap, and the subsequent position of the bubble wrap.See more »
[first lines]
Ace Ventura:Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!
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Where did they come up with the idea of Ray Finkle missing a game-winning field goal?
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47 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Sure, this is cheeseball comedy, but Jim Carrey makes it memorable., 17 July 2001
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

Ace Ventura is the kind of comedy that stems directly from a TV show, and in this case, that show was probably In Living Color, where Carrey got most of his publicity before he became famous as a movie actor. A quick look through Carrey's filmography will prove that Ace Ventura is the film that really acted as a springboard for his career. He had a few small roles in films previous to Ace Ventura, the largest of which was probably his role as one of the aliens in the awful film Earth Girls Are Easy, but after Ace Ventura, his career skyrocketed. The Mask (hey, he's still new, give the guy a break), Dumb & Dumber, a sequel to Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, The Cable Guy (oops), The Truman Show (ah, better), Man On The Moon, Me, Myself & Irene, The Grinch, and there's no end in sight.

Sure, Ace Ventura does not compare to half of these movies, and is clearly more on the side of the bone-headed comedy that he was doing on In Living Color, but his talent is unmistakable. I first saw this movie when I was in high school, and I remember that I would ditch school and go to the theater to see it and I would laugh hysterically until my sides hurt every time I saw it. There's something about seeing a slob at a tremendously rich party who just doesn't care about the etiquette of the rich people. Did anyone not laugh when he was `testing' the food at Ron Kamp's I'm-the-richest-man-in-the-universe party and stuck his tongue out at that poor guy next to him? That whole scene at that party is classic!

And, of course, it only gets better with Ace's dealings with Lois Einhorn. The whole crying game idea may have gone a little too far, but it was always amusing. Jim Carrey saves Ace Ventura from sinking to the totally brainless level of more recent crapfests as the Scary Movies, and even makes this into one of the better comedies of 1994. This is not the type of movie that is likely to win any awards, but you will remember the hilarious dialogue and Jim Carrey's immediately recognizable rubber-faced antics in this film that served as a spring board to his career, which later brought us many more excellent movies. Way to go, Jim.

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