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Hero in the Family 

A teenage son of an astronaut tries to help his father after he and a chimpanzee switch brains as the result of a space flight mis-hap in which the boy must protect the "chimp" in which his... See full summary »

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Mel Damski
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Collet ... Benjamin Reed
Cliff De Young ... Digger Reed
Annabeth Gish ... Jessie
Darleen Carr ... Lisa Reed
Keith Dorman ... Ralph
David Wohl ... Loudon
M. Emmet Walsh ... General Presser
Jay Brazeau ... Zoo Guard
Bernard Cuffling Bernard Cuffling ... Galleria Manager
Don S. Davis ... Capcom
Bill Dow ... NASA Technician
Deryl Hayes ... Security Man
Max Martini ... Student Council Pres (as Max Margolin)
Alicia Michelle Alicia Michelle ... Buffy
Stephen E. Miller ... Security Man
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A teenage son of an astronaut tries to help his father after he and a chimpanzee switch brains as the result of a space flight mis-hap in which the boy must protect the "chimp" in which his father and is unable to communicate with anyone vocally, plus his father with the chimp's mind from the military personnel and anyone else. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mi házi hősünk See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Digger Reed: [walks in his house to Ben and Lisa in the kitchen, Ben at the table doing his homework and Lisa making dinner] Hey, hon. Hey, Junior.
Lisa Reed: Hi, honey. How was your day?
Digger Reed: Hmph. Presser, is threatening to clip my wings.
Lisa Reed: Oh, come on! He's been making those threats for years!
Digger Reed: [sits on the barstool] My test results, have started to slip. I don't know, I think he's gonna get me sooner or later.
[nods]
Digger Reed: I think next Saturday could be my last blast off.
Lisa Reed: Well, I think you have a few blast off's left.
Benjamin Reed: Well, Dad. ...
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Family boredom...
18 August 2004 | by HarrrSee all my reviews

Hero in the Family is one of those movies that in wanting to be family entertainment ends up in a grey zone that is more likely to mean nothing to any one of any age.

Like a long list of movies, especially in the 80s, the story revolves around a mind/body exchange. This time it is an human astronaut and a chimp astronaut who suffer an accident while on a space mission.

They touch a crystal at the same time and the rest is predictable. As usual only the protagonist (the astronaut's teenage kid) and his girlfriend realize (and want to believe) what has happened and they make it their mission to revert the situation, which involves a few 'action' and 'comedy' scenes whereby they hijack the ape and the dad, steal the crystal and build a home-made machine in a kind of 'A-team' montage meets Star-Trek 'scientific' blabber.

The the outcome is the obvious happy ending.


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