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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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
James Marshall (characters) and
Harry Allard (characters) ...
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Release Date:
30 August 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Tom Arnold is Stupid - (Stanley Stupid) See more »
Plot:
An incredibly dull-witted family unknowingly stumble upon an illegal weapons deal while on the trail of their "stolen" garbage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's funny See more (91 total) »

Cast

  (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

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

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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated PG for some violence
Runtime:
94 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:MG6 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | USA:PG (certificate #34235)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the crossbow is shot at the Stupids the cable or string used for the effect can be seen in front of Buster before and after the arrow lands into the pole.See more »
Quotes:
Talk Show Hostess:Have you ever thought that you came from a strange or unusual family? Well, after you meat our guests, you might want to adjust your standards.
Talk Show Guest #1:I divorced my wife in order to marry her daughter.
Talk Show Guest #2:I married a siamese twin and had an affair with her sister.
Talk Show Guest #3:I've been engaged to three of my cousins.
Stanley Stupid:I'm, well, to tell you the truth, I'm my own Grandpa.
Talk Show Hostess:You're your own Grandpa? Well, for some of us who don't understand this, can you explain?
Stanley Stupid:Well, yes. It's quite simple, really.
[sings]
Stanley Stupid:Many many years ago when I was twenty three/ I was married to a widow who was purdy as can be/ This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red/ My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed/
Stanley Stupid:This made my dad my son in law and changed my very life/ For my daughter was my mother 'cause she was my father's wife/ To complicate the matters even though it brought me joy I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy/
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Star Wars (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm My Own GrandpawSee more »

FAQ

Is being your own grandpa legal?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
It's funny, 31 March 1999
Author: anonymous from LA

I can't help but admit that the movie is funny. It's still one of the stupidest movies I've ever seen but it's still funny. My favorite scene is when Tom Arnold is trying to hide as a bush and decides to hide as a bush he must think like a bush. He then becomes amazed that he is the first bush in history that can walk and talk. Idiotic? Sure, but it worked.

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