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North (1994)

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Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Piano Player
Donavon Dietz ...
Assistant Coach
Michael Cipriani ...
Joran Corneal ...
Joshua Kaplan ...


Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. Thus north starts off on an hilarious journey around the world to find the parents that really care about him. Written by Peter Huiskes <huiskes@westbrabant.net>

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A family comedy that appeals to the child in everyone. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a few words | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Норт  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elijah Wood and Bruce Willis later both appeared in the much better received Sin City (2005). Though they share many scenes in this film, they share virtually none in the latter film. See more »


When the lawyer, Arthur Bell, meets North for the first time on the street, he hands North his card and promptly takes it back. In the next shot, North is still holding the card. At that point, Mr. Bell reaches to shake North's hand (which is still holding the card) and in the next shot the card disappears again. See more »


Waitress: One Coca Cola and
[to Arthur]
Waitress: one Sex On The Beach.
Arthur Belt: Aren't I naughty.
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Crazy Credits

Scarlett Johansson is credited as Scarlett Johanssen. Her surname is spelt wrong! See more »


Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: The Brave and the Bold #54 (2012) See more »


Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Possibly the most embarrassing project that Rob Reiner has ever done

Just to make one thing clear before I review this: I never heard or watched this film before. I mean, I was born in the 90s, but I didn't even know this came out the same year as Disney's The Lion King, one of my personal childhood favorites. What really drew my attention to it was not only the Nostalgia Critic review, but the Siskel & Ebert review. At first, I thought it was gonna be one of those average family comedies, but given the quote from Siskel & Ebert themselves (It's junk. First class junk. It's a movie that makes me cringe even when I'm sitting here thinking about it.), I'm personally at their side now.

I thought it had a creative, but somewhat sad and unrealistic premise: A boy who leaves his neglected parents and searches all over the world for better ones. It has a talented cast including Bruce Willis, Jason Alexander, and others and one of the greatest directors of all time Rob Reiner who made such great hits like Misery, When Harry Met Sally, and The Princess Bride. But, when I watched the whole thing online, I became shocked at how unbelievably cruel and horrendous this movie is and is by far the director's embarrassing project that he had ever done in the history of filmmaking. However, I don't think it's the worse for there are some nice scenery throughout the film and I think I like the Texas song sequence sang by Reba McEntire. Apparently, those redeeming qualities are completely ruined by it's flaws especially it's lazy and cheap cop-out ending. Like I said before, it has a talented cast, but they seem to be wasted by a terrible script, unfunny one-liners, and clumsy direction from Rob Reiner. The characters are poorly conceived. I don't hate Elijah Wood, but I did find him rather obnoxious here and the music from Marc Shaiman is instantly forgettable. Even the story is thinly plotted it doesn't try what it wants to be.

Overall, North isn't the worse movie I've seen, but it's still a horrible movie that needs to be avoided at all costs.

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