When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.

Director:

Nick Castle

Writers:

Hank Ketcham (characters), John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Mr. Wilson
Mason Gamble ... Dennis Mitchell
Joan Plowright ... Martha Wilson
Christopher Lloyd ... Switchblade Sam
Lea Thompson ... Alice Mitchell
Robert Stanton ... Henry Mitchell
Amy Sakasitz ... Margaret Wade
Kellen Hathaway Kellen Hathaway ... Joey
Paul Winfield ... Chief of Police
Natasha Lyonne ... Polly
Devin Ratray ... Mickey
Hank Johnston ... Gunther
Melinda Mullins ... Andrea
Billie Bird ... Edith Butterwell
Bill Erwin ... Edward Little
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Storyline

Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with George (Walter Matthau) and Martha Wilson (Dame Joan Plowright). The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis Mitchell (Mason Gamble) is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. Written by Brian W. Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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He's armed... He's adorable... And he's out of school for the entire summer. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Mr. Wilson is looking at his "Chiclet teeth" newspaper photograph, the article next to it is titled "Dead heading your climbing roses", but the article is about the author's daughter being a Grateful Dead fan. See more »

Goofs

When Switchblade Sam and Dennis are under the bridge, and Dennis flicks a hot coal down Sam's pants, the burned hole moves from the middle of Sam's butt to his left cheek. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, there is an additional scene with Dennis at Alice's workplace, who was forced to take him with her to work following the aftermath of Mr. Wilson getting hit in the forehead with a burnt marshmallow, and tries to help Andrea make copies of documents, only to wind up getting her face onto the copying scanner when her necklace gets caught in the machine and Dennis runs off in fear and alerting many of the other office workers. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Critic: Sherman, Woman and Child (1995) See more »

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A String of Pearls
Written by Jerry Gray
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Courtesy of the RCA/Bluebird Records Label of BMG Music
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Such a low rating...why?!
23 February 2019 | by jordanmccaigSee all my reviews

This film is a great little family comedy. I loved it as a kid, and it still holds up today. Walter Matthau is delightfully miserable, Mason Gamble is chasing, and Christopher Lloyd is unrecognisably fiendish. Get the popcorn, sit the kids down, and enjoy...whilst remembering to tell the kids not to try ANYTHING Dennis does!


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Country:

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dennis the Menace See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,331,139, 27 June 1993

Gross USA:

$51,270,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,270,765
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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