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Director:
Writer:
Jurgen Wolff (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 August 1998 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kelsey Grammer ... Howard Spitz
Genevieve Tessier ... Samantha Kershaw
Joseph Rutten ... Lou

Amanda Donohoe ... Laura Kershaw
Kay Tremblay ... Theodora Winkle

Patrick McKenna ... Roger
Lex Gigeroff ... Ronnie Relish

Gary Levert ... Red Allen

Jeffrey Hirschfield ... Lawrence - Primrose Rep (as Jeff Hirschfield)
Denny Doherty ... Balthazar Mishkin
Joanne Hagen ... Waitress
Edward Gregson ... Aaron
Ciel Crosby ... Librarian (as Cathy Lee Crosby)
John Loverin ... Bartender - Cop Bar
John Fulton ... Ted the Cop
Claude Jean ... Waiter - French Restaurant
David Christoffel ... Bill Sellers
Jennifer Overton ... Mother of Aaron
Glenn Wadman ... Sales Clerk - Book Store (as Glen Wadman)
Nancy Marshall ... Customer - Pool Store
Adam Bent ... Stuart

Allie MacDonald ... Little Girl - Library (as Alexandra MacDonald)
Paul Ash ... Parking Ticket Officer
Deborah Allen ... Shopper - Supermarket
Angus Duncan ... Manager - Supermarket
Kim Jenkins ... Sample Lady - Supermarket
Diane Marie Regan ... Blonde - Cop Bar
Heather Blackburn ... Brunette - Cop Bar
Jody Myers ... Mime Artist
Josh MacDonald ... Mark - actor
Tom Scott ... Larry - actor
Michael David Hirshbach ... Charlie - actor
George Leblanc ... Gerald
Justin Friesen ... Lionel - TV Show Kid
Sydney Little ... Lilly - TV Show Kid
Tom Haney ... Mover 1

John Dunsworth ... Clown - Amusement Park
John Poulton ... Chauffeur
Ted Soutar ... Newpaper Man
Ian Gilmore ... Page - Pool Fair
Daniel MacMillan ... Boy - Book Fair

Christopher Shore ... Photographer - Book Fair (as Chris Shore)

Carlos Jacott ... Door Guard - L.A.

Jim Gaffigan ... Storekeeper
Dean Cooper ... Newpaper Boy with Bike - L.A.

Dwayne Barnes ... Tyrone (as Dwayne L. Barnes)
Jose Urbina ... Gang Member #2
Jurgen Wolff ... Man in Deli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Armitage ... Security Guard

Directed by
Vadim Jean 
 
Writing credits
Jurgen Wolff (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Brooks .... producer
James Gay-Rees .... producer
Sara Giles .... associate producer
Alan Martin .... producer
William Ritchie .... associate producer
Christopher Zimmer .... producer
 
Original Music by
David A. Hughes 
John Murphy 
 
Cinematography by
Glen MacPherson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pia Di Ciaula  (as Pia di Ciaula)
 
Casting by
Jon Comerford 
 
Production Design by
Chris Townsend 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Infante 
Angela Murphy 
 
Set Decoration by
Caroline Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Martha Curry 
 
Makeup Department
Paulette Cable .... daily makeup artist
Gloria Pasqua Casny .... additional makeup artist
Rose Klatt .... daily makeup artist
Elizabeth Kuchurean .... daily makeup artist
Laura Mackay .... daily makeup artist
Jacques Nazaretian .... daily hair stylist
Cathy O'Connell .... key makeup artist
Robert Raniere .... daily hair stylist
Norma Richard .... key hair stylist
Lynn Rodgers .... additional makeup artist
Lynn Rodgers .... makeup artist
Colleen Ryan .... swing hair stylist
Colleen Ryan .... swing makeup artist
Ian Marc Smith .... daily hair stylist
Nancy E. Warren .... daily hair stylist (as Nancy Warren)
 
Production Management
Jennie McClean .... post-production supervisor
David Pomier .... production supervisor: Los Angeles
Elizabeth Young .... production manager: Nova Scotia
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Board .... first assistant director
Kate Harrington .... second second assistant director: Los Angeles
Malve Petersmann .... trainee assistant director
Chad Rosen .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Howard Rothschild .... second assistant director
Dana Warren .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Carolyn Adams .... swing gang
Mongo Andrews .... set dresser
Art Baxter .... construction coordinator
David Baxter .... daily lead carpenter
Maxwell C. Bishop .... carpenter (as Maxwell Bishop)
Joseph Bower .... painter
Jason Carlin .... visual artist
Bob Chiasson .... daily props (as Robert Chaisson)
Brian Cooper .... carpenter
Paula Cornwall .... daily set dresser
Keith Currie .... property master
James D'Ambrogi .... carpenter assistant
Daniel Delaquis .... scenic artist
Randy Dennison .... carpenter
Ewen Dickson .... head carpenter
Teresita Doucet .... assistant props (as Teresita Doucet-Reilly)
Bernard Faye .... key scenic artist
Sam Fisher .... carpenter
Tally Duke Floyd .... props: Los Angeles
Anne Fuller .... daily props
Harry Goodick .... carpenter
Mark Goodwin .... carpenter
Robert Grani .... daily props
Peter Haegart .... set carpenter
Adam Hallett .... painter
Bill Hardwick .... daily props
Chris Hill .... carpenter
Mark Laing .... first assistant art director
Mark Laing .... set designer
Abraham Latham .... assistant props: Los Angeles
Kevin Lewis .... daily painter
Barbara Luxton .... production buyer (as Barb Luxton)
Alan MacLeod .... daily set dresser
Allistair MacQuarrie .... lead carpenter
Mike Martella .... lead man
Glen McElmon .... carpenter
Glenn McMinn .... second assistant art director
Kelli Morehouse .... set dresser
Daniel O'Grady .... carpenter assistant
Anthony Owen .... painter
Dan Owens .... lead dresser
Terry Reashore .... carpenter
Gabriele Schnutgen .... head painter
Craig Schulz .... swing gang
Marianne Scriven .... lead dresser
Jason Shurko .... daily set dresser
Christian Sullivan .... carpenter
David Tomsett .... carpenter
Lisa Tondino .... painter
James Tumblin .... painter
J.R. Vasquez .... swing gang
Lawrence Willett .... daily props
Howard Williams .... daily set dresser
 
Sound Department
Peter Gleaves .... assistant dubbing mixer
David Halbert .... boom operator
Stephen Halbert .... sound mixer
Zane Hayward .... sound editor: London
Stewart Henderson .... dialogue editor: London
Aidan Hobbs .... sound mixer
Frank Kavanagh .... boom operator
Geo Major .... daily boom operator
Clive Pendry .... dubbing mixer
Michael Redfern .... foley editor: London
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Ted Swanscott .... foley mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Derryn Clark .... visual effects producer
Anna Laurie .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Laura Dash .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
Julius LeFlore .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Adams .... grip
Steven A. Adelson .... Steadicam operator: Los Angles (as Steve Adelson)
Neil Andrews .... grip
Louis Boudreau .... daily electrician
Kyle Cameron .... camera production assistant
Michael P. Catanzarite .... key grip: Los Angeles (as Mike Catanzarite)
Jake Clarke .... best boy
Johnny Cochrane .... second assistant camera (as John Cochrane)
Keith Dimmer .... generator operator
Darryl Duzak .... grip (as Darryl Duzac)
Eric Emery .... key grip (as Eric Emery)
Louie Escobar .... grip: Los Angeles
Rick Gillis .... grip
Stephen Gillis .... daily electrician
Rick Gowing .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Joseph Grabowski .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Robert Jewers .... electrician
Reginald Jones .... grip
Phil Jordon .... best boy: Los Angeles
Hiro Kakuhari .... grip: Los Angeles
Guy R. LeBlanc .... rigging gaffer
Ruth Leggett .... daily electrician
Joshua Liberman .... best boy grip: Los Angeles (as Josh Lieberman)
Forbes MacDonald .... first assistant camera
Andris Matiss .... Steadicam operator: Nova Scotia
Gary McBride .... dolly grip: Los Angeles
Paul Mitcheltree .... crane operator
Sean Hunter Moe .... camera loader: Los Angeles (as Sean Moe)
Todd Murchie .... best boy grip
Mario Paulin .... gaffer
Christopher Reardon .... still photographer (as Chris Reardon)
Ross Sangster .... third grip
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ward Swan .... daily electrician
James Thibodeau .... electrician
Tony Villalobos .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
 
Animation Department
Steff Adair .... animator
John Legere .... animator
Sharon Molloy .... animator
Susan Pfeiffer .... animator
Glen Schachowskoj .... animator
Lee Tanner .... animator
 
Casting Department
John Dunsworth .... additional casting: Halifax
Sarah Dunsworth .... additional casting
Michele Weaver .... additional casting: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lin Chapman .... wardrobe assistant
Kate Delamage .... head wardrobe
Vincent Lapper .... costume supervisor: Los Angeles
Lori Lewis .... first wardrobe assistant
Cara Porter .... wardrobe assistant
Sian Morris Ross .... wardrobe daily
James A. Worthen .... wardrobe set supervisor (as James Worthern)
 
Editorial Department
Pamela Allen .... post-production coordinator
Charlotte Disher .... assistant editor
Peter Ferrari .... color timer
James Lingard .... assistant editor: London
Karoline Moser .... second assistant editor: London
 
Music Department
Nicola Fletcher .... music supervisor
Mark Hinton Stewart .... music supervisor
Greg Francis .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Linda Mixon .... driver: cast (as Linda Nitsch)
Lawrence Morgan .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Kelly Peterson .... transportation captain
Michael Sullivan .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Natalie Angelucci .... production office runner
Kristin Arason .... craft service
Mike Begin .... production office runner
Kyla Bromhead .... craft service
Andrew Caney .... location production assistant
Neil Chaplin .... post-production accountant
Shaun Clarke .... location manager: Nova Scotia
Kurt Fawthrop .... stand-in: Kelsey Grammer
Jeff Flach .... location manager: Los Angeles
Adam Francis .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Zack Freedman .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Elizabeth Hagen .... assistant accountant
Brad Hall .... location assistant
Tracey Hatcher .... accounting assistant
Shauna Hatt .... production office runner
Debbie Jonatanson .... craft service (as Debi Jonatanson)
Elizabeth Kavanagh .... post-production accountant
Elizabeth Kavanagh .... production accountant
Brad Keene .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Beatriz Kerti .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Andrea Kokic .... assistant: Mr. Zimmer
Carole Levine .... studio teacher
Jennifer Lucene .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Mary-Elizabeth Luka .... assistant to director
Jess MacGillivray .... production assistant
Sharon McDonell .... production assistant
Moira McLean .... assistant to producer
Suzanne Schnulle Murphy .... production accountant: Los Angeles (as Sue Murphy)
Lesley Myers .... production coordinator
Kelcey Parker .... production assistant
Laura Phelan .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Phillip Pineau .... location assistant: Nova Scotia
Deandre 'Silky' Russell .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Deandre Russell)
Janel S. Schuh .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Janel Schuh)
Niru Shah .... post-production accountant
Rachael Straus .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Elaine Strawbridge .... production office runner
Tara Sullivan .... accounting assistant
Debra Taylor .... production assistant
Maggie Thomas .... script supervisor
Kirsten Tomlinson .... production assistant
Marianne Ward .... unit publicist
Darren Winter .... security coordinator
Sean 'Buzz' Yeomans .... assistant production coordinator
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements
Runtime:
USA:102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Canada:G (Ontario) | Iceland:L | UK:PG | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Howard Spitz, played by Kelsey Grammer, says, "Writing a sitcom's not hard. You just have a married couple, a bar in Boston or a psychiatrist on the radio." This is a reference to both "Cheers" (1982) and "Frasier" (1993), both of which starred Grammer as Dr Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who hung out at a Boston bar on "Cheers" before moving to Seattle to start a radio call in show in "Frasier".See more »
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References "Frasier" (1993)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
B movie but above average, 17 November 2004
Author: Mark Price (mark.price67@yahoo.co.uk) from Surrey, England

Well I like Kelsey Grammar so I decide to watch this last night. Now I know he is not box office and my expectations were not built up so I was pleasantly surprised that I not only enjoyed it overall but laughed out loud in parts – mostly from the daughter. She had the best lines! Amanda Donohoe, normally glam personified played not quite plain but lacking self esteem very well. Kelsey Grammar plays the usual and that is not knocking him, he does that cynical but soft underneath to perfection. Yes a lot of the plot is predicable but you are hardly going to see something new. The main cast play well of each other and the one-liners are thrown away in a timely fashion.

I can only think the earlier review had jet lag or bad service on his air flight. This is an excellent B movie.

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