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Witless Protection -- When a small-town sheriff (Larry the Cable Guy) witnesses what he believes to be an attempted kidnapping, his effort to save the beautiful damsel in distress sets him down a wild path of comic mishap.
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Release Date:
22 February 2008 (USA) See more »
Protecting America's assets.
The story centers on a small-town sheriff who witnesses what he believes is a kidnapping and rushes to rescue a woman... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Larry the Cable Guy ... Deputy Larry Stalder

Richard Bull ... Sheriff Smoot
J. David Moeller ... Elmer
Will Clinger ... Bo

Omar Dykes ... Gus (as Omar Kent Dykes)
Reno Collier ... Tater

Jenny McCarthy ... Connie

Yaphet Kotto ... Ricardo Bodi

Ivana Milicevic ... Madeleine
Dan Waller ... Agent Orange / MIB #1

Rick Le Fevour ... MIB #2 (as Rick Lefevour)

Joseph Luis Caballero ... MIB #3 (as Joe Caballero)

Sean Bridgers ... Norm

Gerry Bednob ... Omar

Claudia Michelle Wallace ... TSA Woman
Emir Yonzon ... TSA Supervisor
Gary Tippett ... TSA Dog Handler
Jesse Dabson ... TSA Expert

Peter Stormare ... Arthur Grimsley
Jessica Grace Orr ... Vibiana (as Jessica Orr)

Kurt Naebig ... Mark Bedell

Eric Roberts ... Wilford Duvall
Michael Carner ... Young Boy

Joe Mantegna ... Dr. Rondog 'Doc' Savage

Gail Rastorfer ... Morgana

Lynnette Gaza ... Lillian Grimoire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bethany Benz

Tommy Bartlett ... Polo Match Guest (uncredited)

Patrick Boylan ... Clarinetist (uncredited)

Steve Christopher ... Butcher (uncredited)

Cyn Dulay ... Mansion Guest (uncredited)
Kyle Hillman ... Chicago Police Officer (uncredited)
Tara Ketterer ... Beauty Queen (uncredited)

Tim Krueger ... Polo Soiree Attendee (uncredited)

Joseph Lazicki ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Angelina Lyubomirova ... Pretty Secretary (uncredited)
Barbara Elizabeth Maleski ... Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)

Brittany Mason ... Grimsley's pool girl (uncredited)
Greg McAleer ... Alley Bum (uncredited)

Abi McKenzie ... Kid in Parade (uncredited)

James Pusztay ... Biker (uncredited)
Henry Sandifer ... Young FBI Agent (uncredited)

Gary Sedlock ... Wealthy Partygoer at Mansion (uncredited)
Amit Shah ... Party Guest (uncredited)

John Stacho ... Memphis Police Officer Airport (uncredited)
Chauncey Taylor ... Grimsley / Polo Party Guest (uncredited)

Charles E Tiedje ... Hometown Hero (uncredited)
Lisa Wolf ... Parade Participant (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Robert Carner 
Writing credits
Charles Robert Carner (screenplay)

Charles Robert Carner (story) &
Alan C. Blomquist (story) (as Alan Blomquist)

Produced by
Alan C. Blomquist .... producer (as Alan Blomquist)
Thomas J. Busch .... executive producer (as Thomas Busch)
Maggie Houlehan .... associate producer
Jennifer Novak .... associate producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
J.P. Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Eric Allaman 
Cinematography by
Michael Goi 
Film Editing by
Marc Leif 
Casting by
Debbie George 
Libby Goldstein 
Junie Lowry-Johnson 
Production Design by
Cabot McMullen 
Art Direction by
David Tennenbaum 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Wolff 
Costume Design by
Susan Kaufmann 
Makeup Department
Karen Lynn Accattato .... makeup department head
Alicja Klosek .... additional hair stylist
Ross Martucci .... key makeup artist
Pamela Milone-McLaughlin .... hair department head
Joyce Taft .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Thomas J. Busch .... unit production manager
Wileen Dragovan .... assistant unit production manager
Jeffrey M. Rose .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendi Lampassi .... first assistant director: second unit
Wendi Lampassi .... key second assistant director
Michael T. McNerney .... second assistant director: second unit
John Nelson .... first assistant director
Courtney Rowe .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Steph Barkley .... art department coordinator (as Stephanie Barkley)
Tom Castronovo .... graphic designer
Jeno Dellicolli .... gang boss
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter
Nathan Mack .... carpenter
Tom Osman .... set carpenter
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Charles E Tiedje .... props
Timothy W. Tiedje .... property master
Holly Todd .... on-set dresser
Jessica Voogd .... buyer
Käthe Walton .... props
Desi Wolff .... buyer
Rob Yale .... assistant property master
Josh Zylstra .... leadman
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Ethan Beigel .... adr mixer
Karl Dondlinger .... cable person
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Hanson .... sound intern
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Jason Johnston .... boom operator
Steve LeSieur .... assistant sound editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Matthew Reale .... sound mixing recordist
Kevin Skaggs .... digital sound transfer engineer
Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Mandell Winter .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Ron Bolanowski .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Kevin Kutchaver .... visual effects supervisor: HimAnI Productions, Inc.
Mia Lavezzi .... digital restoration artist
Iain Marcks .... digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)
Jon Terada .... digital compositor
Robert G. Beck .... stunt actor
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunt performer
Mark Harper .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt double: Gerry Bednob
Carl Paoli .... stunt double: Eric Roberts
Linda Perlin .... stunt double
Kevin Sorensen .... stunt double
Tommie Turvey .... stunts
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunts (as Tommy Turvey)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Carpita .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Lisa Clauson .... camera production assistant
Joseph Czerw .... lighting technician
Jaime Dawkins .... grip
Michael James Fahey .... grip
Jeffery Garland .... second assistant camera
Chris Glomp .... electrician
Andrew Lostumo .... grip
Mike Lubomski .... grip: Chicago
Darryl Miller .... key grip
Peter Morenz .... film loader
Tom Nizinski .... grip
Spencer M. Rohan .... grip
Matt Setnes .... camera intern
Dean M. Simmon .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Stumpf .... camera operator: "a" camera
Karina Teismann .... electrician
Scott Thiele .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Sam Urdank .... still photographer
Dave Wightman .... first assistant camera
Alex Willson .... electrician
Jeff Tomcho .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Darlene R. Hunt .... extras casting
Sharon D. King .... casting
Rachel Komar .... extras casting
Zon M. Pickens-Dumas .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Freeman .... set costumer
Steven Frendreis .... costumer
Alyson Hancey .... costume supervisor
Rachael Ohman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Mato .... color timer
Michael Mintz .... colorist: video mastering
Christine Seino .... assistant on-line editor
Music Department
Kyle Kenneth Batter .... music editor
Omar Dykes .... composer: additional music (as Omar Kent Dykes)
Rudy Guess .... composer: additional music
Craig Stull .... composer: additional music
Gary Tharp .... additional music mixer
Transportation Department
Calvin Chin .... transportation coordinator
Carla Klein .... driver
Gracie Klein .... driver
Chris Musick .... driver
Other crew
Rudra Banerji .... key set production assistant
Nicole Basile .... accounting clerk
Adam Boor .... assistant location manager
Harold Caldwell .... payroll accountant
Jonelle Castillo .... additional office production assistant
Danny Cavada .... additional office production assistant
David Gianneschi Sr. .... electronic press kit crew
Joel Goldes .... dialect coach: pre-production
Jason Grainger .... production assistant
Darrel Guilbeau .... adr loop group
Benny Harris .... assistant: Mr. Stormare
Benny Harris .... dialect assistant: Peter Stormare
Benny Harris .... on set dialect coach
Martin L. Hudson .... assistant location manager
Shea Kammer .... post-production accountant
Rosa Yang Kato .... location manager
Joseph Lazicki .... body double: Eric Roberts
Joseph Lazicki .... stand-in: Eric Roberts
Curtis Leopardo .... production assistant
Omar McClinton .... production coordinator
Terry Mettger .... production accountant
Jason Negron .... craft service foreman
Stefan Nikolov .... assistant location manager
Sara Nudelman .... assistant production coordinator
Martina O'Boyle .... production assistant
Adam Palya .... set production assistant
Eugene Parker .... stand-in: Yaphet Kotto
Paul Rathburn .... chef
Adam Slutsky .... additional set production assistant
Adrienne Swan .... first assistant accountant
Tara N. Thomson .... office production assistant
Valerie Walbrandt .... key production office assistant
Claire Wiegand .... assistant: Mr. Carner
Käthe Walton .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
David Was .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor
USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #43912)
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
proof that witlessness can actually be fun, 1 January 2009
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Larry Stalder is a small town sheriff's deputy with a sagging midsection and a grandiose dream of one day becoming an agent for the FBI. He doesn't exactly enhance his chances of fulfilling that dream when he "rescues" a woman whom he mistakenly believes has been kidnapped by what he thinks is a gang of sunglass-wearing mobsters. In actuality, they are federal agents transporting a whistle-blower to a trial in Chicago where her testimony could spell big trouble for a powerful, Enron-type CEO with whom she was once romantically involved. A lengthy cross country chase ensues with the agents hot on the heels of this nitwit law enforcer and his unwitting "hostage."

Armed with crime-fighting knowledge he's gleaned primarily from cable TV, and with a malapropism for every occasion, Larry bumbles his way from one outlandish situation to the next, somehow managing to stay one step ahead of the authorities at all times.

Larry the Cable Guy has that rare ability to perform low comedy routines without having to resort to self-conscious mugging to garner laughs. Likewise, Ivana Milicevic, Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna, Jenny McCarthy and a whole host of other comic actors throw themselves into their roles with a great deal of abandon and aplomb.

The humor is broad (to put it mildly), but it is more often fleet-footed than flatfooted, and the whole enterprise is so dopey and good-natured that you may just find yourself chuckling right along with all the goofiness - provided, that is, you can put your brain on hold for the full hour-and-a-half that the movie takes to play itself out.

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