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Writers (WGA):
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3 March 1995 (USA) See more »
Jack wants to marry Ben's mother. But there are strings attached.
Ben Archer is not happy. His mother, Sandy, has just met a man, and it looks like things are pretty serious... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chevy Chase ... Jack Sturgess (Squatting Dog)

Farrah Fawcett ... Sandy Archer

Jonathan Taylor Thomas ... Ben Archer (Little Wing)

George Wendt ... Chet Bronski (Chief Running Horse)
David Shiner ... Lloyd Small (Silent Thunder)

Art LaFleur ... Red Sweeney (Silver Fox)

Richard Portnow ... Joey Renda, Frank's Son
Richard Foronjy ... Murray, Renda Goon

Peter Appel ... Tony, Renda Goon
Chief Leonard George ... Leonard Red Crow
George Greif ... Frank James Renda

Ron Canada ... Bob Younger, Jack's Boss
Christopher Miranda ... Hank Sweeney (as Chris Miranda)
Zachary Browne ... Norman Bronski (Dark Eagle)
Spencer Vrooman ... Darryl Small
Nicholas Garrett ... Monroe Hill
Jimmy Baker ... Young Ben Archer
John DiSanti ... Romeo Costanza

Walter Marsh ... Judge #1 (Renda Trial)
Judith Maxie ... Judge #2 (Indian Trial)
Jim Smith ... Minister at Wedding

Sean Orr ... Bailiff
Tony Sampson ... Big Kid at School #1

Shane Meier ... Big Kid at School #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ryan O'Neal ... Man with Kite (uncredited)

Directed by
James Orr 
Writing credits
David E. Peckinpah (story) (as David Peckinpah) and
Richard Jefferies (story)

James Orr (screenplay) &
Jim Cruickshank (screenplay)

Produced by
Bonnie Bruckheimer .... producer
Casey Grant .... associate producer
Marty Katz .... producer
Margaret South .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Mancina 
Cinematography by
Jamie Anderson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Keramidas 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
Art Direction by
David Willson 
Set Decoration by
Rose Marie McSherry 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Toni Burroughs-Rutter  (as Toni Rutter)
Makeup Department
Ian C. Ballard .... key hair stylist
Victoria Down .... key makeup artist
Victoria Down .... makeup artist
Dorothy D. Fox .... hair stylist: Ms. Fawcett
Lee Harman .... makeup artist: Mr. Chase
Sarah Koppes .... assistant hair stylist (as Sarah MacDonald)
Mela Murphy .... hair stylist: Mr. Chase
Jacky Wilkinson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Casey Grant .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... second assistant director
Morgan Beggs .... first assistant director: second unit (as Morgan James Beggs)
Wayne Bennett .... third assistant director
Stacey N. Harding .... trainee assistant director (as Stacey N. Brodie)
James Head .... second unit director
Derek Hurst .... second assistant director: second unit
Peter D. Marshall .... first assistant director
Sandy McGiffert .... second assistant director
Simon Sherwood .... trainee assistant director
Daniel R. Suhart .... second assistant director
Art Department
John G. Anderson .... lead carpenter (as John Anderson)
Brent Bennett .... set dresser
Doug Byggdin .... assistant art director
Diarmuid Conway .... set dresser
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn .... assistant property master
Erich Hepnar .... head greens
Alex Kameniczky .... set designer
Daphne Klebe .... art department production assistant
Mari Laughlen .... property assistant
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
David Lux .... storyboard artist
Jennifer Moore .... property buyer
Larry Osland .... key scenic artist
Joanne Quirk .... assistant set decorator
Les Sand .... assistant greensperson (as Leslie A. Sand)
Mark Soparlo .... set designer
Ray Taylor .... carpenter
Bill Thumm .... property master (as Bill Thumm)
Ken Wells .... key scenic artist
Paul Willson .... construction coordinator
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Craig Berkey .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Berkey .... supervising sound editor
Elliot Blake .... assistant sound editor
Mike Boudry .... adr recordist
Donald D. Brown .... boom operator
Mark Cookson .... sound editor
Louis Creveling .... sound editor
Danielle Ghent .... sound editor
David Grant .... sound editor
Catherine Harper .... foley walker
Frederick Howard .... sound editor
Steve Jaszkowiak .... foley mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Ossama Khuluki .... foley walker
Derek Marcil .... adr mixer
Nina McPeek .... cable person
David Melhase .... sound editor
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruno Roussel .... assistant sound engineer
Jason Schmid .... sound editor
Joshua E. Schneider .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Silk .... assistant sound engineer
Marc Vanocur .... foley editor
James A. Williams .... assistant sound editor
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Claude Bouchard .... key special effects rigger
Nick Lawson .... special effects foreman
Scott Stofer .... first assistant special effects
Mike Vézina .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Lessa .... visual effects supervisor
Keri Young .... video playback coordinator
Kevin J. Andruschak .... stunts
Yves Cameron .... stunts
Lauro Chartrand .... stunts
Dean Choe .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... Chevy Chase's stunt double (as Gil Combs)
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Delaina-Lu Gamblin .... stunts
Reg Glass .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
Scott Hubbell .... stunts
Ernie Jackson .... stunts
George Josef .... stunts
Ken Kirzinger .... Chevy Chase's stunt double
Michael Langlois .... stunts
J.J. Makaro .... stunts
Tony Morelli .... stunts
Fred Perron .... stunts
John Robotham .... Chevy Chase's stunt double
Fiona Roeske .... stunts
John Scott .... stunts
Bill Stewart .... stunts
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunts
Betty Thomas Quee .... stunt coordinator (as Betty Thomas)
Mike Vézina .... stunts
Brent Woolsey .... stunts
Scott Hubbell .... water safety (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Allen .... key grip
Greg Beaton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
James Clare .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit (as James R. Clare)
David Crone .... Steadicam operator
David Crone .... camera operator
Douglas Curran .... still photographer
Barry Donlevy .... gaffer
William L. Flanagan .... best boy grip
Curt Griebel .... grip
James Head .... director of photography: second unit
Todd Hlagi .... dolly grip
Gaetan Jalbert .... rigging gaffer
Christina Kasperczyk .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Harvey LaRocque .... camera operator: second unit
Vince Laxton .... electrician
John Le Roy .... key grip: second unit
John Le Roy .... rigging grip
Scott MacDonald .... second assistant camera: second unit
Blair McDonald .... best boy electric
Terry McEwen .... second assistant camera (as Terry A. McEwen)
Klaus Melchior .... video playback operator
Rod Parkhurst .... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit
Joel Ransom .... camera operator: "b" camera
Timothy Robin Spencer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Robert Stecko .... first assistant camera: second unit
Andrew D. Wilson .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Michelle Allen .... casting: Vancouver
Barbie Block .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Michelle 'Micky' Fell .... extras casting assistant
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Amy Lippens .... casting
Patrick Stark .... extras casting assistant
Jennifer Wilson .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Canning .... costumer to Ms. Fawcett
Steve Ellsworth .... costumer: Mr. Chase
Joan Lovett .... set costumer
Debi Weldon .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Paul Fafard .... apprentice editor: Vancouver
Bruce Giesbrecht .... first assistant editor: Vancouver
Jana Lynn Gold .... assistant editor: Lightworks
Julia Gray .... apprentice editor: Los Angeles
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Alexandra Leviloff .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Michael Smith .... second assistant editor: Vancouver
Lewis Schoenbrun .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ryeland Allison .... composer: additional music
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator (as S.Y. Moriarty)
Maria Newman .... musician
Jay Rifkin .... score mixer
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Matt Walker .... music executive (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Lawrence Albright .... driver
Rodney Beech .... transportation captain
Dave Miller .... transportation co-captain
Andrew O'Bray .... cast trailers
Rob Vreugde .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Lynn Barr .... production coordinator
Bob Bedard .... sous chef
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Will Bryant .... assistant: James Orr, Los Angeles
Mitch Carter .... adr loop group (as Mitch David Carter)
Diana Conway .... choreographer
David Copp .... assistant: Mr. Chase
Kim Cowan .... assistant production coordinator (as Kim Douglas)
David Cowgill .... adr loop group
Dusty DaSilva .... production assistant
Jono Drake .... assistant production coordinator
Ike Eisenmann .... adr loop group
Andy Fickman .... production executive
Dominic Fidelibus .... supervising copyist
Glynda Fitzgerald .... script supervisor: second unit
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Lori Gillis .... production assistant
Allyson Goldin .... assistant: Marty Katz, Los Angeles
Jackie Gonneau .... adr loop group
Leesa Green .... craft service
Kasandra Greene .... assistant: Mr. Orr (as Kasandra Griebel)
Russ Hamilton .... production assistant (as Russell D. Hamilton)
Jennifer Harland .... background coordinator
Tim Haughian .... location manager
Campbell Katz .... assistant: Mr. Katz
Angela Kaye .... assistant: Mr. Chase
Drew Locke .... on set safety
Paul Lougheed .... assistant location manager
Michael McCormick .... production accountant
Edie Mirman .... adr loop group
Tim Moshansky .... production assistant
Lee Anne Muldoon .... unit publicist
Bill Pugin .... sign language coach
Aryana Shayne .... adr loop group
Karen Spelling .... assistant: Ms. Fawcett
Liv M. Storvick .... production assistant
Yvette S. Taylor .... assistant: Bonnie Bruckheimer
Dennis Tufano .... adr loop group
Lecily Corbett .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements
96 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The bumbling, kite-flying man Sandy dates in the beginning of the film is Farrah Fawcett's real life ex, Ryan O'Neal in an unbilled cameo.See more »
Continuity: At the end of the movie, during the wedding. As Jack is asking Ben for the rings, Ben kids around and pretends to have lost them. If you look at the ring finger of Jack's left hand, he is clearly already wearing his wedding ring.See more »
Chet Bronski:Well, we're all part of the same tribe.
Jack Sturgess:Right, the Minotauk.
Chet Bronski:No, I'm referring to the emotionally-constipated American male over 40.
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Not just a comedy, 13 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Sandy Archer (Farrah Fawcett) is a single mom. She and her son, Ben (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) have been on their own for years, but now she's met an attorney, Jack Sturgess (Chevy Chase), and fallen in love. When Jack moves in to Archer's loft, he quickly learns that it's going to be rough going with Ben. To make matters more complicated, Jack routinely helps put away criminals with dangerous connections. Can Jack save his relationship with Sandy, save his job, save his life and become a welcomed stepfather to Ben all at the save time?

I feel a bit sorry for Chevy Chase. Regardless of what he's like personally, I think he's genuinely talented, and not just for comedy. But he's acquired such a reputation over the years for being in sub par stinkers (mostly unjustly deserved, in my opinion) that I think it's a major hurdle for audiences to give his films a fair chance. That's a shame, because this is a very good film, with a good performance from Chase and the rest of the cast.

It's important while watching to not expect Man of the House to be an over-the-top comedy. It's as much a drama as anything else, and has adventure/thriller aspects as well. All of the genres are entered into from more of a child's or adolescent's perspective, which is appropriate for the material and venue.

From that perspective, scenes about the Indian Guides (a plot point that may have swayed my view of the film even more, as it brought back memories of my time in the Indian Guides with my dad back in the early 1970s) are just as weighty (both seriously dramatic and funny) as chase scenes with an impending threat of death. Other seemingly minor elements are also given more weight than they would have from an adult standpoint, and logic, plot progression and even physics are coming from a kid's world, not an adult's. That's not an easy thing for a 40-something year old director to achieve with just the right tone, but James Orr makes it look effortless.

The scriptwriters weave the various threads of the film together very nicely, as Jack uses connections from his work to make the Indian Guides even more fun and educational, while at the same time, saving his relationship with an important client. In fact, the funniest material in the film comes from fish out of water themes. Various characters are regularly approaching activities they would normally avoid, with inappropriate attitudes, clothing, and so on. The subtext of the film, stemming from the fish out of water material, concerns furthering self through understanding and furthering others--opening up to new perspectives, trying different things, cooperating with others, and so on. Initial resistance makes things difficult, but the attempt to understand and further others brings happiness.

The entire principle cast is great, but Man of the House also benefits from a number of excellent character actors, including George Wendt, Art LaFleur and Richard Portnow. Like most films, you'll enjoy Man of the House more, and get much more out of it, if you leave your expectations/preconceptions parked at the door.

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