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Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994)

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A rich young boy finds his family targeted in an inside job and must use his cunning to save them.

Director:

Donald Petrie

Writers:

Neil Tolkin (story), Tom S. Parker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Richie Rich
John Larroquette ... Lawrence Van Dough
Edward Herrmann ... Richard Rich
Christine Ebersole ... Regina Rich
Jonathan Hyde ... Herbert Arthur Runcible Cadbury
Michael McShane ... Professor Keenbean
Chelcie Ross ... Ferguson
Mariangela Pino ... Diane Pazinski
Stephi Lineburg ... Gloria Pazinski
Michael Maccarone Michael Maccarone ... Tony
Joel Robinson Joel Robinson ... Omar
Jonathan Hilario Jonathan Hilario ... Pee Wee
Reggie Jackson ... Baseball Coach
Claudia Schiffer ... Aerobics Instructor
Wanda Christine Wanda Christine ... Newswoman at Factory (as Wandachristine)
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Storyline

The richest kid in the world, Richie Rich, has everything he wants, except companionship. While representing his father at a factory opening, he sees some kids playing baseball across the street. Richie wants to join in, but they don't want him around. When a plot to kill the Rich family is devised by Rich Industries' top executive, Laurence Van Dough, Richie must take over control of the company while searching for his lost parents with the help of some new friends. Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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Taglines:

An adventure so big... even the world's wealthiest pre-teenager can't afford to miss it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

21 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Richie Rich See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,830,302, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$38,087,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,087,756
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Dolby | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A direct sequel that would have starred Macaulay Culkin was planned but never materialized mainly due to Culkin going on an extended break from acting. This would later go on to become the direct-to-video release Richie Rich's Christmas Wish. See more »

Goofs

When Richard opens the plane window to throw the TNT out of the plane, there is so little wind that even his hair doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Ferguson: [after manhandling Richie] It's my duty to protect him.
Herbert Cadbury: Yes,very well, Mr. Ferguson, but if you grab him like that again, it is YOU who will need protecting.
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Alternate Versions

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Claudias Theme
Written by Steve Tyrell and Guy Moon
Performed by Steve Tyrell
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Personally I thought this film was merely okay
22 March 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I didn't absolutely hate Richie Rich, but for me it wasn't that great either. As usual, there were some good things, but some not so good things as well.

THE GOOD THINGS:

1) Macaulay Culkin, personally I think he is better an actor than people give him credit for. He is one of the main reasons why I love the first two Home Alone movies so much. Here, he gives a very spirited lead performance, admittedly not as cute as he was when he was starring in underrated gems like Uncle Buck, but he shows once again what a talented actor he was.

2) Jonathan Hyde as the butler comes very close to stealing the show, a very funny and sly performance. Also Edward Hermann and Christine Ebersole give humorous performances, while John Larroquette plays the villain of the piece more than adequately.

3) The scenery is quite impressive, captured well by the breezy cinematography. The Biltmore estate was gorgeous.

4) The soundtrack was decent, nice background music especially.

5) I liked the moral the film taught; All the money in the world can't make you happy, thinking about it that is true.

THE NOT SO GOOD THINGS:

1) While I liked the moral of the film, the story itself is predictable and somewhat contrived. it probably doesn't help you have seen it all before.

2) The script is quite weak in general. Don't get me wrong there were some good spots like "Oh my god I look like Michael Jackson!" but the jokes are admittedly very silly and juvenile, and the scripting does fall in the danger of becoming clichéd.

3) The pacing. Now I don't mind films that move fast. I do have more of a problem if the pacing is TOO fast, despite the feel good nature of the film, and its valiant attempt to rise above superficial material, the film feels a little too rushed, the ending particularly felt skimmed over.

4) The characters feel rather stereotypical. Maybe that is an unfair complaint as it probably couldn't be avoided, but I couldn't help thinking yeah I recognise that type of character.

Overall, definitely not a bad film, worth watching at least once, but I personally didn't find it that great. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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