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The Great Brain (1978)

G | | Comedy | June 1978 (USA)
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James A. Osmond ... Tom D. Fitzgerald (as Jimmy Osmond)
James Jarnigan James Jarnigan ... J. D. Fitzgerald
Willy Cardin Willy Cardin ... Sweyn D. Fitzgerald
Danny Thompson Danny Thompson ... Andy Anderson
Tim Bailey Tim Bailey ... Basil Kokovinis
John Bishop ... Allen Jensen
Alan Christensen Alan Christensen ... Frank Jensen
Rich Radford Rich Radford ... Sammy Leeds
Paul Jarnagin Paul Jarnagin ... Howard Kay
Tom Gilson Tom Gilson ... Jimmy Peterson
William Kezele William Kezele ... Danny Forester
Len Birman Len Birman ... Papa Fitzgerald
Pat Delaney Pat Delaney ... Mama Fitzgerald
Fran Ryan ... Aunt Bertha
Cliff Osmond ... Mr. Kokovinis
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based on novel | See All (1) »

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Half hero, half con-artist, all heart!

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Comedy

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G

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USA

Language:

English

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June 1978 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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A hammy but okay adaptation of Fitzgerald's novel
24 April 2001 | by drgibsonSee all my reviews

This isn't a great movie, by any stretch. The acting is hammy, and a very young Jimmy Osmond is frankly, too chubby to play The Great Brain. But if you like the John D. Fitzgerald novels, you'll find the film a treat. I'm glad it's out and that I taped it in the early 1980s. I'm not sure it's for sale on video. It's a definite G and post-toddler kids will like it. However, those adults unfamiliar with the Great Brain character will be turning off the channel or VCR pretty quickly. On the plus side, the sets of early, rural Utah are pretty well done and the cast, if inexperienced, is at least earnest.


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