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The Stupids -- An incredibly dull-witted family unknowingly stumble upon an illegal weapons deal while on the trail of their "stolen" garbage.


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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
30 August 1996 (USA) See more »
Tom Arnold is Stupid - (Stanley Stupid) See more »
An incredibly dull-witted family unknowingly stumble upon an illegal weapons deal while on the trail of their "stolen" garbage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Arnold ... Stanley Stupid

Jessica Lundy ... Joan Stupid

Bug Hall ... Buster Stupid

Alex McKenna ... Petunia Stupid

Mark Metcalf ... Colonel Neidermeyer

Matt Keeslar ... Lieutenant Neal

Scott Kraft ... Policeman
Victor Ertmanis ... Garbageman #1
Earl Williams ... Garbageman #2

George Chiang ... Chinese Waiter #1

Max Landis ... Graffiti Artist
Carol Ng ... Jade Palace Hostess
Arthur Eng ... Chinese Waiter #2
Jennifer Dean ... Meter Maid
Garry Robbins ... Extremely Tall Guy

Nicu Branzea ... Arms Buyer #1
Richard Crook ... Arms Buyer #2

Gurinder Chadha ... Reporter #1

Mick Garris ... Reporter #2

Jeremy Ratchford ... Soldier

John Stoneham Jr. ... Green Alien
Ken Quinn ... Orange Alien
Gillian Vanderburgh ... Alien Stewardess

Harvey Atkin ... Deli Guy

David Cronenberg ... Postal Supervisor

Markus Parilo ... Special Forces Guy

Costa-Gavras ... Gas Station Guy (as Costa Gavras)

Mif ... Explosive Guy

Walter Alza ... Taxi Driver

Robert Wise ... Stanley's Neighbor

Christopher Lee ... Evil Sender

Frankie Faison ... The Lloyd
Mo Kelso ... Airbag Woman

Sherry Miller ... Anchorwoman

Robert Keeshan ... Charles Sender (as Bob Keeshan)

Jeff Clarke ... Delivery Guy

Atom Egoyan ... TV Studio Guard
Wendy Hopkins ... TV Assistant Director
Jacqueline McLeod ... Make-Up Woman

Jenny McCarthy ... Glamorous Actress
David Ferry ... Late Night Show Host

Norman Jewison ... TV Director
Frederic Devancker ... French Chef

Rolonda Watts ... Talk Show Hostess (as Rolanda Watts)

Gillo Pontecorvo ... Talk Show Guest #1
Nicholas Rice ... Talk Show Guest #2
Julie Armstrong ... Talk Show Guest #3 (as Julie Champnella)
Philip Akin ... Henchman #1
Kevin Conway ... Henchman #2
Carol Anderson ... Checkpoint Guard

Rick Avery ... Bad Guy
Fiona Highet ... Cop #1
Phillip Jarrett ... Cop #2
Jim Amross ... Cop #3
Wayne Ward ... Cop #4

Michael Bell ... Xylophone & Kitty (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Sicoli ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
James Marshall (characters) and
Harry Allard (characters)

Brent Forrester (written by)

Produced by
Leslie Belzberg .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher L. Stone  (as Christopher Stone)
Cinematography by
Manfred Guthe 
Film Editing by
Dale Beldin 
Casting by
Amy Lippens 
Production Design by
Phil Dagort 
Art Direction by
Rocco Matteo 
Set Decoration by
Carol Lavoie 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Carol Marinoff .... hair stylist
Dorothy Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Grace Gilroy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Board .... second assistant director
Myron Hoffert .... first assistant director
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
Kerric Macdonald .... trainee assistant director
Andrea McCabe .... third assistant director
Art Department
Paul D. Austerberry .... first assistant art director (as Paul Denham Austerberry)
Thomas Carnegie .... first assistant art director
Charles Dunlop .... set designer
Paul Harding .... property master
Mun Ying Kwun .... second assistant art director
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Harry Zernike .... third assistant art director
Sound Department
David Abrahamsen .... sound re-recording mixer
James Beshears .... adr supervisor
Richard C. Franklin .... supervising sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Scott Ganary .... sound re-recording mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Owen Langevin .... sound mixer
Donald J. Malouf .... supervising sound editor
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... sound re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dale Angell .... model construction
Bob Hall .... special effects technician
Nori Honda .... mold maker: "Aliens", Steve Johnson's XFX
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects
Steve Koch .... sculptor: Chiodo Brothers Productions
Arthur Langevin .... special effects first assistant
Leonard MacDonald .... prosthetics: "Aliens", Steve Johnson's XFX
Martin Malivoire .... special effects coordinator
Rodd Matsui .... special effects technician
Ted Ross .... key special effects
Dean Stewart .... special effects assistant
Don Waller .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
Chris Bowers .... visual effects
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: visual effects
John Duncan .... model maker
Caroleen Green .... digital matte artist: Matte World
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects supervisor
Tony Noel .... digital artist
Colin Strause .... Flame artist
Greg Strause .... Flame artist
Edson Williams .... digital artist
Brenda Adams .... stunts
Lloyd Adams .... stunts
Roy Adams .... stunts
Roy T. Anderson .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunt coordinator
Rick Avery .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... co-stunt coordinator
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Alyson Billyard .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunts
Eric Bryson .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Phil Chiu .... stunts
Michael Chow .... stunts
Shelley Cook .... stunts
Tony Cordeiro .... stunts
Wayne Downer .... stunts
C.J. Fidler .... stunts
Tig Fong .... stunts
Rick Forsayeth .... stunts
Errol Gee .... stunts
Ted Hanlan .... stunts
Robert Hannah .... stunts
Brian Jagersky .... stunts
Mic Jones .... stunt rigger
Mic Jones .... stunts
Makoto Kabayama .... stunts
Danny Lima .... stunt performer
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunts
Larry A. McLean .... stunts
Robin Lee Morgan .... stunts
Rick Parker .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt rigger
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts
Ken Quinn .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunts
Robert Racki .... stunts
Colin Buck Randall .... stunts (as Buck Randall)
Deanna Ripski .... stunts
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
Helen Scott .... stunts
John Stead .... stunts
Mary Ann Stevens .... stunts (as Mary Ann Boyles)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts
Peter Szkoda .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Robert Thomas .... stunts
Jérôme Tiberghien .... stunts
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts
Ron Van Hart .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Chmura .... camera operator
Attila Dory .... still photographer
Michael Hall .... first assistant camera
Chris Howard .... gaffer
Jeremy Lyall .... second assistant camera
Jim MacCammon .... electrician
Derek Parkes .... best boy grip
Drex Reed .... effects gaffer
Tim Scannell .... vfx cinematographer
Stephen Spurrell .... rigging gaffer
Brad Whitlock .... first assistant camera
Animation Department
Larry Adlon .... animator: monitor displays
Kent Burton .... animator
Joel Fletcher .... animator
Casting Department
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Christopher S. Baird .... associate editor
Destiny Borden .... assistant editor
Jeffrey Harlacker .... assistant editor
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Lisa Bloom .... orchestrator
Richard A. Harrison .... assistant music editor (as Rich Harrison)
Robert W. Mills .... orchestrator
Michael T. Ryan .... supervising music editor
Giorgio Bertuccelli .... music producer (uncredited)
David G. Russell .... music transcriptor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bill Boyd .... picture car mechanic
John Brunt .... picture car captain
Other crew
Chloe Brown .... stand-in
Alberto Farina .... production assistant
Bonnie Haner .... assistant to producer
Thomas Johnston .... script supervisor
Randy Kennedy .... location scout
Brian Kring .... assistant location manager
Marco Kyris .... stand-in: Mark Metcalf
Robert W. Mills .... supervisor
Karen Pidgurski .... unit publicist
Jim Powers .... location manager
Lisa Shamata .... unit publicist
Nick Veziris .... gun wrangler
Alison Waxman .... production assistant
A.J. Hordal .... location scout (uncredited)
Adam Robertson .... freezie boy (uncredited)
Bob Tennent .... freezie boy (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG for some violence
94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-6 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:MG6 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | USA:PG (certificate #34235)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Mark Metcalf's character, Colonel Neidermeyer, is a reprise of his role in Animal House, despite the end of that movie stating that Neidermeyer was killed by his own troops in Vietnam. However, this can be explained as just a subtle nod at Metcalf's earlier role (the only way you can even see what name is on the name tag is if you freeze the movie when the tag is close to the camera).See more »
Miscellaneous: The garbage truck stops only for the Stupid's garbage can, and ignores the others.See more »
[When noticing a letter with "Return to Sender" on it]
Stanley:Who is this Sender and what is he doing with other people's mail?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Pool Boys (2011)See more »
Garota de IpanemaSee more »


Is being your own grandpa legal?
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Good Lloyd, 25 February 2002
Author: Jim Douglas from Howell, MI

I enjoyed watching this movie. Should I apologize for that? No, I don't believe I should. I find Tom Arnold funny. I like watching dumb people do stupid things; it makes me feel better about myself. I actually burst out laughing during several parts of this movie. The car-bomb was the best.

However, I realize that not everyone will like this movie. Most people, in fact, will hate it. So let me sum up what is wrong with this movie.

First off, there is the terrible acting. God-awful. Oh-the-pain, where-did-they-find-that-kid acting. Tom Arnold is not a particularly good actor - he did well in True Lies because Cameron is a good director that understands timing - but Tom Arnold doesn't have much facial expression variety, and he spends most of the movie wearing that same stupid grin plastered on the cover of the video. The kids weren't much better, but I fault the director for that one (I'll get to the direction in a minute).

Secondly, the "clever" script. Now, the first time I watched this, I thought it was clever, too. But after re-watching, I realized that if your characters are incredibly stupid, you can throw motivation out the window. I can imagine the writers - "how can we justify them putting the garbage out every week even though it gets stolen" "Oh, that's easy, they're STUPID!" This movie is full of that. Unbelievably bad choices only made because the characters have no integrity. A movie like this writes itself, because you are freed from the bonds of actual cleverness; characters that do anything allow you to do whatever you want and not have to worry about whether it makes sense. Trust me, if you watch this, you'll see what I mean. The Stupids never do anything that makes sense, which is why it's funny. But an intelligent script, it is not.

Lastly, there is the slipshod direction. This movie is very theatrical. Deep theater roots. Its comedy is awkward, obvious, and drawn out, just like theater comedy. There is no subtlety whatsoever. If you want the movie to be funny, it will be funny. But if you are suspicious, it is certainly not going to win your heart.

And that, in the end, is the problem with the movie; if you don't want to like it, you won't, because it is too easy to dislike. Only see it if you are truly interested and believe that it can be good, because its charm and uniqueness are its good qualities. This is not a movie that disappoints - it is a movie that sits right where you expect it to lie on the quality scale. If you believe it can be good, it will reward you. But if you see it and don't like it, it really is because you didn't want to enjoy it, for whatever reason.

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