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Action Family (1986)

At work, Chris is a hardboiled no-nonsense detective who's investigating a series of brutal murders of jazz musicians. At home, he's a family man straight out of sitcom who has to satisfy every whim of his wife and kids.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chance Bassett ...
Cindy
Jimmy Butts ...
No Brain
Eyde Byrde ...
Peggy
George Ede ...
Blocker
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Chris
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Danny Elliot
Beth Holland ...
Shirley
Gary Howard Klar ...
Zack (as Gary Klar)
Lucy Landau ...
Aunt Lucy
Gina Martin ...
Melissa
Antonia Rey ...
Mrs. Diaz
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The Vendor
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Himself
Joseph Amodei ...
Owen
...
Cop
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At work, Chris is a hardboiled no-nonsense detective who's investigating a series of brutal murders of jazz musicians. At home, he's a family man straight out of sitcom who has to satisfy every whim of his wife and kids.

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Very very funny (if you like Chris Elliott)
10 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My roommate and I rented this on video about 10 years ago at an indie video store in Minneapolis, MN., and I thought this was a great early nugget showcasing Chris Elliott's "annoying but hilarious" persona... If it surfaces on DVD or cable TV this is worth a spin just for David Letterman's blistering cameo where he ball busts Chris at a stop light. There is also a delicious lampooning of both British TV (it's shot on film for outdoor scenes and video live before a studio audience with a laugh track allowing Elliott to jump between the two mediums) and makes fun of the Partridge Family (the family is also a band). Plus there is a dream sequence where President Abe Lincoln spanks a crying Chris Elliott (Lincoln also shows up again in "FDR, A One Man Show"). Worth ferreting this one out if you're a fan of this brand of humor...


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