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Jack wants to marry Ben's mother. But there are strings attached.
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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
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
Mark Soparlo .... set designer
Bill Thumm .... property master (as Bill Thumm)
Ken Wells .... key scenic artist
Paul Willson .... construction coordinator
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 .... stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunts
Delaina-Lu Gamblin .... stunts
Reg Glass .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
Ernie Jackson .... stunts
George Josef .... stunts
Ken Kirzinger .... stunts
Michael Langlois .... stunts
J.J. Makaro .... stunts
Tony Morelli .... stunts
Fred Perron .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
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
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 film editor: Vancouver
Bruce Giesbrecht .... first assistant film editor: Vancouver
Jana Lynn Gold .... assistant film editor
Julia Gray .... apprentice film editor
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Alexandra Leviloff .... first assistant film editor: Los Angeles
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Michael Smith .... second assistant film editor: Vancouver
Lewis Schoenbrun .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ryeland Allison .... composer: additional music
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
Transportation Department
Lawrence Albright .... driver
Rodney Beech .... transportation captain
Dave Miller .... transportation co-captain
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
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
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Shot during Jonathan Taylor Thomas summer hiatus from 'Home Improvement'.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 »
Jack Sturgess:Ben, what are you doing here?
Ben Archer:I came back here to help you. What do you think?
Jack Sturgess:I don't need any help.
Ben Archer:[observing the state Jack is in] Oh, really? Then what were you planning to do when those guys found you? Lie there and pretend to be a slug?
Jack Sturgess:Exactly. Now get out of here. You're blowing my cover.
Ben Archer:[struggling to get the tree trunk off Jack's leg] You can't tell me what to do. You're not my father.
Jack Sturgess:[with a groan] I knew you were going to say that eventually.
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5 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Politically-Correct, Unfunny Comic Vehicle for Stars Chevy Chase and Jonathan Taylor Thomas..., 26 April 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

There used to be a time when Chevy Chase was regarded to as a funny man. He used to be on an intelligent and extremely hilarious skit show started in 1975 called "Saturday Night Live," but soon left to chase after a film career.

Well, it's about twenty years later, and where is Chevy? Well, after a few hilarious "National Lampoon's Vacation" films, he's basically nowhere. He was funny in the seemingly endless line of movies (in general) for a while, but soon people tired of his smart-@$$ attitude that made him so famous, and they, his humble audience, turned on him, beginning to despise the poor fellow. Well, I can't really find it hard to feel sorry for him, because he probably still has more money than you or I will ever make in our lifetime.

The plot of "Man of the House" is less than a simple and contrived one. It is about 12-year-old Ben Archer (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and his efforts to rid his house of the man who wants to marry his mom and become his stepfather. The man? Jack Sturgess (Chevy Chase). The mom? Sandra (Farah Fawcett--whose leakier than a faucet here). Jack is a tie-wearing, U.S. Justice Department lawyer who's got one angry Mafia boss on his tail because of a racketeering case he prosecuted. As the film turns out (big gasp), Ben and Jack work together at the end to save the day, and Ben thinks of Jack as a cool nerd. But what about the in-between process, you ask?

Ben makes an assortment of traps to try and get Jack to leave. He rigs the blender. He makes fun of him. He verbally insults him and makes digs at him. I ask myself what Disney is trying to prove here: That kids are smarter than stupid adults, or that kids have wittier one-liners than adults?

But Jack stays around (much to the disappointment of Ben), who keeps on working at Jack to make him leave. He eventually makes Jack sign into a boy-scout-type program, where he nicknames Jack "Squatting Dog." This is the best laugh in the movie. If you don't find that funny, like me, then you had better run from this movie, because that is one of many unfunny gags that try to be funny and end up in the gutter.

The film is anchored in every way towards children, but I ask myself if children really should be seeing a film like this. In "The Parent Trap," two twins formed together to bring their parents back together. In "Man of the House," a twelve-year-old single-handedly tries to rid a man from his and his mother's life. Choose your pick on which film is morally-harmless and which is morally-harmful. Times are changing, and that means films that were once provocative are not anymore. Divorce in films--especially children's films--used to be a big topic. But nowadays it seems because of the countless divorces out there, kids are immune to such things. But Disney is making it worse. They rub it in and open children's minds to things they need not worry about. If you take your child to see this, the next time you argue with your wife or husband your child could misinterpret this as divorce, because through films like these divorce is shown as arguing between parents who then break up. "Man of the House" isn't about divorce per se, but it is about something worse: The times proceeding a divorce. About parents dating again. Sorry, but I don't find this kind of thing suitable for innocent children. Kids don't need to be thinking about their parents dating people, but yet films manage to squeeze such material into countless films, whether they are funny ("Sleepless in Seattle") or not ("Man of the House"). I don't have a problem with "Sleepless..." because it isn't really a children's film, but when you take a children's film and center it ENTIRELY on split couples dating again, children start to think about things they need not worry about. Six-year-olds shouldn't be thinking about dating yet, much less their parents dating.

The laughs, if you can count them as such, come mostly from George Wendt (``Cheers' '' beloved Norm) and former Cirque du Soleil clown David Shiner.

Wendt as an Indian Guides chief is the comic treat of the film -- he's a real live wire who packs a lot of heart into a surprisingly agile comic style. If you have read this far and STILL believe this film is for you, then George Wendt's performance can be added to your "why-to-see-the-film" list, because he is, truthfully, the only compelling reason to see this film.

In the end, "Man of the House" is a politically-correct comic vehicle that forgot about the script and the laughs. To Disney, kids during times like these should be thinking of parents' divorces and parents' dating, because it's happening around the world as we speak, and children need films such as "Man of the House" so that they realize this is normal (for parents to divorce and date again).

To me, films like "Man of the House" are reasons that divorce and single parents dating is becoming more normal and unshameful in today's culture. It's a paradox, really. Films like these are made because of times like these, when, in fact, times like these are here in the first place because of the films and media that are made to suit to the times we live in.

1/5 stars -

John Ulmer

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