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Dick -- High school students Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) wander off during a class trip to the White House and meet President Nixon (Dan Hedaya). They end up becoming the official walkers of his dog, Checkers, and the secret advisors to Tricky Dick during the Watergatescandals.


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Writers (WGA):
Andrew Fleming (written by) &
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4 August 1999 (USA) See more »
He was tricky. They were better. See more »
Story of two girls who wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirsten Dunst ... Betsy Jobs

Michelle Williams ... Arlene Lorenzo

Dan Hedaya ... President Richard M. Nixon

Will Ferrell ... Bob Woodward

Bruce McCulloch ... Carl Bernstein

Teri Garr ... Helen Lorenzo

Dave Foley ... Bob Haldeman

Jim Breuer ... John Dean

Ana Gasteyer ... Rose Mary Woods

Harry Shearer ... G. Gordon Liddy

Saul Rubinek ... Henry Kissinger

Devon Gummersall ... Larry Jobs

Ted McGinley ... Roderick

Ryan Reynolds ... Chip

G.D. Spradlin ... Ben Bradlee

Shannon Lawson ... Kay Jobs
Karl Pruner ... Frank Jobs
Brenda Devine ... Mrs. Spinnler
Jonathan Rannells ... First G-Man (as Jonathan Ranells)

Paulino Nunes ... Second G-Man

Michael Dyson ... Burglar #1
Jerry Schaefer ... Burgler #2

Jack Mosshammer ... Fat Freddy

Karen Waddell ... White House Secretary
Richard Fitzpatrick ... John Erlichman
Cole Barrington ... Student #1
Scott Wickware ... White House Guard

Mark Lutz ... Agent Daniels

Kedar Brown ... Mr. Samovar
Paul Wildbaum ... Shredder Man

Kerry Dorey ... Payola Man

Len Doncheff ... Leonid Brezhnev
Igor Portnoi ... Russian Translator
Jennifer Wigmore ... Washington Post Receptionist

Jane Moffat ... Kissing Secretary
Rob Nickerson ... 1st Police Officer
Bernard Browne ... 2nd Police Officer
Rummy Bishop ... Newsstand Guy
Deborah Grover ... Pat Nixon

Stephen Jared ... FBI Agent (as Stephen Robert)

Michael Eric Kramer ... TV News Reporter (as Michael Kramer)
Mike Anscombe ... TV News Anchor

French Stewart ... The Interviewer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Laila Ayad ... Tourist (uncredited)
David Berni ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Barry Goldwater ... Himself (at 1972 Convention) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Kaufman ... Teen Tourist (uncredited)

Chad Ridgely ... Hippy (uncredited)

Jade Wu ... Tourist (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Fleming 
Writing credits
Andrew Fleming (written by) &
Sheryl Longin (written by)

Produced by
David Coatsworth .... executive producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... producer
Original Music by
John Debney 
Cinematography by
Alexander Gruszynski 
Film Editing by
Mia Goldman 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
Barbara Dunphy 
Art Direction by
Lucinda Zak 
Set Decoration by
Donald Elmblad 
Costume Design by
Deborah Everton 
Makeup Department
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington D.C.
Ann Brodie .... makeup artist
Kathy Greene .... key makeup artist: Washington D.C.
Inge Klaudi .... assistant makeup artist
Paul LeBlanc .... makeup design consultant
Lucy Orton .... hair stylist
Divyo Rae Putney .... hair stylist (as Divyo Putney)
Adina Shore .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stephanie Antosca .... unit production manager: Washington D.C. (as Stephanie Anotisca)
Joseph Becker .... production manager: Washington D.C.
Whitney Brown .... production manager
William H. Brown .... post-production supervisor (as Bill Brown)
David Coatsworth .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tyler Delben .... trainee assistant director
Yolanda Graci .... third assistant director
Libby Hodgson .... first assistant director
Joe Incaprera .... second second assistant director: Washington D.C.
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
Miles A. Perman .... second assistant director: Washington D.C. (as Miles Perman)
Alison C. Rosa .... first assistant director: Washington D.C. (as Alison Rosa)
Tim Singh .... third assistant director
Art Department
Mary Arthurs .... set dresser
Carl Catanese .... props: Washington D.C. (as Carl Crotonese)
Marc Corriveau .... property master
Greg DaPrato .... assistant property master (as Greg Daprato)
David Hirschfield .... assistant art director
Nancey Pankiw .... set designer (as Nancy Pankiw)
Henry Piersig .... lead man (as Henry Persig)
Catherine Pretty .... assistant art director
Reet Puhm .... key scenic artist
Angelo Stea .... set dresser
Mark Thomson .... construction coordinator
Eric Hunsaker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Bold .... boom operator
Steve Copley .... foley mixer
Yann Delpuech .... sound effects editor
Ryan Eldred .... sound effects editor (as Ryan Eldree)
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recordist (as David Fluhr)
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
David Husby .... production sound mixer
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recordist
Cliff Latimer .... dialogue editor
Dean G. Manly .... assistant sound editor (as Dean Manly)
Jeena M. Phelps .... assistant sound editor (as Jeena Phelps)
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor
Andrew Roberts .... foley mixer
Rodney Sharpp .... assistant sound editor
John Sievert .... foley walker
John Switzer .... additional sound
Peter Thomas .... sound mixer: Washington D.C.
Steven D. Williams .... supervising sound editor (as Steve Williams)
Pat Cassin .... second boom operator (uncredited)
Darren King .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Gregory King .... sound designer (uncredited)
E. Niles Klein .... sound editorial support (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Allan Cotter .... special effects key
Dean Stewart .... special effects assistant
Warren Keillor .... special effects prop builder (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mike Hallet .... digital film compositor
Jamie Hallett .... digital film compositor
Robbi Hinds .... director of miniature photography
Jason Kolodziejczak .... digital film compositor
Michael Lennick .... visual effects designer
Michael Lennick .... visual effects supervisor
Ray McMillan .... visual effects designer
Ray McMillan .... visual effects supervisor
Eric Pascarelli .... motion control operator
Robert Yoshioka .... digital film compositor
Christopher McMillan .... video playback: Miniatures Shoot (uncredited)
Leigh Bianco .... stunts (as Leigh Brinkman)
Erin Jarvis .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunts
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Carolyn Cox .... second assistant camera
Mark Cyre .... first assistant camera
Pete Daprato .... assistant key grip (as Peter Daprato)
Robert Daprato .... key grip (as Bob Daprato)
Michael Galbraith .... gaffer (as Mike Galbraith)
Rob Goldstein .... camera trainee
William J. Gray .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C. (as Bill Gray)
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Kevin Jewison .... camera operator
Tim Merkel .... Steadicam operator
Tom Nichols .... key grip: Washington D.C.
Erich Roland .... Steadicam operator: Washington D.C.
Tracy Shaw .... dolly grip
Tom Starnes .... best boy electric
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Washington D.C. (as Stu Stein)
Dave Tommasini .... pilot: helicopter camera (as David Tommasini)
Bob Waybright .... chief lighting technician: Washington D.C.
Mark D. Acheson .... grip (uncredited)
William Engel .... grip (uncredited)
John Medland .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clyde Miller .... assistant camera: aerials and Wescam camera (uncredited)
Matthew Pill .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Leon Sanginiti .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Paul Williams .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna Dupere .... background casting
Diane Kerbel .... casting: Toronto
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elayne Alexander .... set costumer
Gala Autumn .... costume supervisor
Betty Brikowski .... wardrobe supervisor: Washington D.C.
Patricia Hanley Cumming .... set costumer (as Pat Hanley-Cumming)
Michele Harney .... set wardrobe supervisor
Shelly Shaw .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bob Allen .... first assistant editor
George Cunningham .... apprentice editor
Jo Anne Finan .... negative cutter
Todd Fulkerson .... second assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Tai Zimmer .... second assistant editor
Location Management
David Flaherty .... location manager
Brad Alexander Flores .... assistant location manager
Peggy Pridemore .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Laurance Wiese .... location production assistant (as Laurence Wiese)
Mike Fountain .... assistant location manager: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Keith Park .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor (as Chuck Martin Inouye)
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
Ralph Sall .... music supervisor
Terry Wilson .... music editor
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Danielle Fredrickson .... transportation dispatcher: Washington D.C.
Manny Quinones .... transportation captain: Washington D.C.
Frank Tenaglia .... transportation captain
Robert Tenaglia .... transportation coordinator
Gilbert Young .... transportation co-captain: Washington D.C.
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Douglas A. Walk .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Battaglia .... unit publicist
D.J. Carson .... assistant: Mr. Coatsworth
Lee Cole .... aerial coordinator
Greg Eby .... assistant accountant
Wendy Gaboury .... assistant accountant
Jonathan Gould .... production assistant
Philip Harrelson .... production assistant (as Phillip Harrelson)
Violetta Hessing .... dog handler
Daniel Hewett .... assistant accountant
Kara Hiltz .... production assistant
Ryan Howard .... production assistant
Dione Kane .... assistant production coordinator
Larry Keating .... production assistant
Susan Marucci .... script supervisor
Howard Samuelsohn .... speech coach: Mr. Hedaya
Nina Saxon .... title designer: main and end titles, New Wave Entertainment
Susanne Schlomer .... assistant: Andrew Fleming
Robert R. Snow .... technical advisor: White House (as Bob Snow)
Jack Stern .... tutor: Ms. Dunst
Billy Stewart .... production assistant
Timothy Storey .... production coordinator (as Timothy M. Storey)
Elaine Thurston .... production accountant
Tom Tobin .... production assistant
Michael Welch .... assistant: Gale Anne Hurd
Jonathan Zurer .... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Bohnie Avanzino .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment (uncredited)
Katherine Dorrer .... production secretary: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Elissa Ewalt .... production assistant: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Katharine Gray .... clearance coordinator (uncredited)
A.W. Gryphon .... production coordinator: Los Angeles, re-shoots (uncredited)
Eric Morgan .... production assistant: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Dana Reznik .... photo double: Kirsten Dunst (uncredited)
Charles Taylor .... armorer (uncredited)
John Dean .... special thanks
Tracie Graham-Rice .... special thanks (as Tracie Graham Rice)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, drug content and language
94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Finland:K-3 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:S (2012 reform re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Mexico:B | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (video premiere) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #36541)

Did You Know?

When Betsy and Arlene crank call Woodward and Bernstein, Arlene says that she is the "British Ambassador's daughter." This could be a veiled reference to Carl Bernstein's later affair with Margaret Jay, who was the daughter of British Prime Minister James Callaghan and married to the then-British Ambassador to the US (which eventually became the subject of the novel and film, "Heartburn," by Bernstein's aggrieved ex-wife, Nora Ephron).See more »
Anachronisms: Larry Jobs is said to become a millionaire by inventing Quaaludes, but Methaqualone was first introduced to the US market in 1965.See more »
Dick:Checkers - shut up. Or I'll feed you to the Chinese.See more »
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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Tricky Dick and Watergate in a refreshing light!, 24 December 1999
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

Much time has passed since the Watergate scandal of 1974. In the present day, we see so many scandals involving upper-crust politicians (including, but not limited to, the President), that we have become jaded to their importance. In 1974, though, this scandal marked the first time a president's authority and character had been publicly questioned. The two main characters are two 15-year-old girls - one the only offspring of a single mother (who is played by Teri Garr) and the other the only sister in a standard nuclear family, complete with a pothead older brother who's about to be drafted. The events of the times are swirling around these two young ladies, but we see them all through their eyes. Some of us know about the events of the early 1970s because we were there, and others of us know about them through history books or from our elders. But now we get to see these events as they pertain to two teenagers. It's interesting how the basic character of a teenager hasn't changed - these girls dismiss Watergate and Vietnam initially and are more concerned with teen idols, school, and, well, teenager stuff. Admittedly, the plot's a little contrived, but it never makes the mistake of taking itself seriously. One of the girls happens to live in the Watergate Hotel, and late one night they both innocently learn of the break-in. They subsequently get to meet many key Watergate players, including Haldemann, Liddy, Wooodward, Bernstein, Kissinger, and, of course, Nixon himself.

The most amazing thing about this script is that while nothing is really historically revised to tell the tale, the girls' characters are used to supply details of these historical events that may answer some old questions. What happened to the section that Nixon's secretary chopped from the illegal tape? Who was Deep Throat, anyway? The 'answers' to these questions will make you laugh.

As for the acting, it's absolutely perfect. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams are a real treat as the giggly, naive teenage girls. Their characters are very well-written - at no point do they do something that seems out of character. But the biggest treat of all is Dan Hedaya as Nixon. Some people can do Nixon impressions, and some ARE Nixon. Hedaya captures the feel for the ex-President, from his creepy scowl when trying to be friendly to his state of panic when the truth of the scandal finally set in. He's the best thing going in this film, and possibly should be nominated for his work.

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