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The Real Howard Spitz (1998)

 -  Comedy  -  28 August 1998 (UK)
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Howard Spitz is a cranky, has-been detective novelist out of money and out of luck - until he meets eight-year-old Samantha, who convinces him he has what it takes to write children's books.

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Ciel Crosby ...
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John Loverin ...
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John Fulton ...
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Howard Spitz is a cranky, has-been detective novelist out of money and out of luck - until he meets eight-year-old Samantha, who convinces him he has what it takes to write children's books.

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After UK distributor Metrodome decided to release the film directly to video, director Vadim Jean took the unusual step of personally financing several prints himself for cinematic release. See more »

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Very nice family film with a brilliant lead
16 January 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a very nice film, narrating the story of an author, Howard Spitz, who's in need of a success. When he meets little Samantha by chance, they both realize they need each other. He needs her to help him create a successful children's book; she wants him to find her runaway father.

The story develops with Howard trying to become a celebrated author without leaving the comfortable emotional reclusion he got himself into over the years, and Samantha trying more and more desperately to reach her father.

The story is nice, and the idea behind it is great. Unfortunately, the turning-point scene at the end fails. Another weak point is that writer and/or director give the minor characters far too little room to develop, even though everyone knows how much minor characters contribute to films. But Grammar alone is worth the money. His brilliant acting keeps the film well above average - in fact, standing alone, Grammar's perfect portrayal of Howard Spitz would probably deserve a 10-out-of-10 rating.


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