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The Kid (2000)

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An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when an eight year old version of himself mysteriously appears.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Duritz (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Susan Dalian ...
Newsstand Cashier (as Vernee Watson Johnson)


Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy L.A. image consultant, but as he nears 40, he's cynical, dogless, chickless, estranged from his father (Daniel von Bargen), and he has no memories of his childhood. One night he surprises an intruder (Spencer Breslin), who turns out to be a kid, almost 8 years old. There's something oddly familiar about the chubby lad, whose name is Rusty. The boy's identity sparks a journey into Russ's past that the two of them take - to find the key moment that has defined who Russ is. Two long-suffering women look on with disbelief: Russ's secretary, Janet(Lily Tomlin), and his assistant, the lovely Amy, to whom Rusty takes a shine. What, and who, is at the end of this journey? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nobody ever grows up quite like they imagined.


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for boxing action and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 July 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Kid  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,687,726 (USA) (7 July 2000)


$69,688,384 (USA) (24 November 2000)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Daniel von Bargen who plays Russ Duritz's (Bruce Willis) father Sam is only five years older than Willis. See more »


When old and young Rusty approach young Rusty's home for the first time, the street behind the car is completely wet. When they look towards the house, the street is completely dry. See more »


Russ Duritz: Toshiya, let me ask you something. If you get called a jerk four times in a single day, does that make it true?
Amy: What, only four? Did you get up late?
Russ Duritz: Excuse me, I'm asking Toshiya.
Toshia: Four times is a pattern. It have to be five times to be a fact.
Russ Duritz: Thank you. See? There's hope after all.
Amy: Jerk.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie there is an explanation for why the moon appears orange when it rises. This is a reference to a question posed to Russ Duritz by his 8-yr.-old alter ego, which Russ later asks his assistant to check on. See more »


References Back to the Future Part III (1990) See more »


Trumpet Voluntary
Composed by Mike Hunkenson
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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I liked it more than I expected to
5 February 2001 | by (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I saw this on a plane. You know, you are strapped to a chair and forced to watch whatever garbage they put up there.

And I have to say I actually had fun. Some scenes are sugary and over the top but the kid's performance is above average for children actors. Casting was perfect.

One thing though: the music is inappropriate, heavy-handed and sometimes ruins the scenes. It is like asking Richard Wagner to write for an intimate comedy. Very weird.

But I strongly recommended the movie to my mom. It is that kind of movie.

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