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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)

Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Pennington ...
Paulie (as Kevin Fitzgerald Corrigan)
Sarah Whalen ...
Hudson Lee Long ...
Wylie Womack (as Hudson Long)
Lou Perryman ...
Kathleen Lancaster ...
David Little ...


Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 October 2003 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


When the movie was shooting in Austin, Texas, the left-over food from the set was recovered and used to feed the hungry of Austin. This was done with help of Rock and Wrap it Up! - an organization that helps fight hunger by delivering unused but good food to the hungry. See more »


When Toby is walking up to Cal's house to give him the letter, you can clearly see the dolly tracks on the road. See more »


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Written by Greg Kendall
Performed by The Brothers Kendall
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Very very enjoyable DVD
4 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My Boss and I have started exchanging DVD's at work and we are not teenagers or children ....we are extremely mature adults, meaning in their 50's and 60's. Since we work an overnight shift...and our adult lives are very depressing with family and financial problems...we look for movies that are light, fun, meaningful, entertaining and hopefully even....sleep producing. We need to lay down, and let something entertain us while we think of nothing terribly earth shattering and nerve jarring. This is one of the movies she loaned to me. I looked at the title and said...."what on earth is this?"...so put it aside. Today I plugged it in and was pleasantly entertained. I did not, of course, read the book, or ever hear about it. I found it enjoyable and as a retired teacher, I thought.....this would be a movie you could play in school during a restful activity period. It had a message, it was acted according to the audience it was addressing......it was like real life small southern town reality and on the level of the youngsters it was designed for. It touched on many aspects of life that might impact children the age of the characters in this film. This is a worthy family film.

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