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Kenny & Company (1976)

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In the days leading up to Halloween in a Southern California suburb, 11-year-old Kenny and his best friend, Doug, play flag football, ride skateboards, get into mischief, and fend off the ... See full summary »

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Don Coscarelli

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Don Coscarelli
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan McCann Dan McCann ... Kenny
A. Michael Baldwin ... Doug (as Michael Baldwin)
Jeff Roth Jeff Roth ... Sherman
Ralph Richmond Ralph Richmond ... Big Doug
Reggie Bannister ... Mr. Donovan
Clay Foster Clay Foster ... Mr. Brink
Kenneth V. Jones ... Mr. Soupy (as Ken Jones)
Willy Masterson Willy Masterson ... Johnny Hoffman
David Newton David Newton ... Pudwell
James E. dePriest James E. dePriest ... Dad
Kate Coscarelli Kate Coscarelli ... Mom (as S.T. Coscarelli)
Terrie Kalbus Terrie Kalbus ... Marcy (as Terri Kalbus)
Margaret Alexander Margaret Alexander ... Kenny's Sister
Starla Dotson Starla Dotson ... Sister's Friend
Eswin Cajas Eswin Cajas ... Paco
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Storyline

In the days leading up to Halloween in a Southern California suburb, 11-year-old Kenny and his best friend, Doug, play flag football, ride skateboards, get into mischief, and fend off the neighborhood bully, Johnny Hoffman. Ten-year-old Sherman, better known as "dumb ol' Sherman," lives across the street from Kenny and always tags along, making a nuisance of himself. Kenny falls in love with classmate Marcy, who spurns him, and he suffers the loss of Bob, his beloved but ailing dog. At school, Kenny interacts with his friendly wheelchair-bound teacher named Mr. Donovan, a foreign exchange student named Paco, and the class clown, Pudwell. As Halloween approaches, Kenny, Doug, and Sherman create their own crazy costumes, set off powerful firecrackers, go out unsupervised for trick-or-treating, and at the climax, pull a prank on a spooky old lady living in a haunted house. Written by Larry B.

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Get ready to have a happy day... Kenny & Co. are coming your way! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kenny & Company was very popular in Japan. A year after finishing the movie, Don Coscarelli took Michael Baldwin, Dan McCann, and Jeff Roth on a tour of Japan where they were met by throngs of teenagers. After the release of Phantasm, Don Coscarelli returned to Japan, and found Michael Baldwin's name on a list of best actors. Coscarelli noted that Baldwin was number seven on the list, ahead of Sylvester Stallone. See more »

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A must see for 70's kids
11 March 1999 | by colossus-4See all my reviews

This film is a must see for anyone who was around 10-15 years old in 1976. Kenny and Co. doesn't miss a trick in depicting the life of a seventh-grader, his friends and enemies. Prank phone calls, over-sized school bullies, Halloween hijinks and fickle first loves, it's all here.

The director unknowingly created a time capsule of such realism that Kenny is more enjoyable now than it ever was when it was made. Best of all it doesn't try to ram some big morality trip down your throat. It just documents. And unlike in "Stand by Me," the kids actually act like kids not philosophers. If there's any point at all to the story it's that the genius of kids is their unique ability to survive the banality and meanness of existence through a combination of devilish humor and harmless civil unrest.

I started breaking this film out at parties and now I get requests for it. Kenny and Co. is better the second and third times.


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