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The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

Dodger must confront the struggles of life as he is visited by the Garbage Pail Kids and intimidated by some older bullies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Greaser Greg (voice)
... Captain Manzini
... Dodger
... Tangerine
Ron MacLachlan ... Juice
J.P. Amateau ... Wally
Marjory Graue ... Blythe
... Valerie Vomit (voice)
... Ali Gator (voice)
Bobby Bell ... Foul Phil (voice) (as Robert Bell)
Larry Green ... Nat Nerd (voice)
... Windy Winston (voice)
Susan Rossitto ... Messy Tessie (voice)
John Cade ... Bartender
Lynn Cartwright ... Fashion Show Host


Seven disgusting kids but nevertheless of interesting personality are being made of the green mud coming out of garbage can. Once alive their master gives them rules to obey although they think that life is funnier without following stupid regulations like no television or no candy. Naturally this will cause some conflicts. Written by Volker Boehm

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Release Date:

22 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La pandilla basura  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$661,512, 23 August 1987, Limited Release

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first Live Action film to feature voice actor Jim Cummings. His next five Live Action movies are Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Cabin Boy (1994) Babe: Pig in the City (1998) Small Soldiers (1998) and Christopher Robin (2018). See more »


Dodger's home life or his parents or family are never shown or mentioned in the film. See more »


Ali Gator: [looking at stuffed alligator, gasps] My God! It's Cousin Charlie!
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Featured in The Effects of the Garbage Pail Kids (2015) See more »


Working With Each Other
Performed by The Garbage Pail Kids
Produced by Michael Lloyd & John Strong
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Thank God I Grew Up
8 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)

1/2 (out of 4)

I must admit that I was seven years old when this movie came out. I was a fan of the cards and I remember begging my mother to take me to see this on opening day, which she did. A couple of my friends went along and I still remember the sold out crowd of pre-teens laughing and having a blast with the film. I believe I watched it a couple more times when it first hit VHS but I haven't seen it since....until this latest viewing.

What did I think of the film twenty-two years after being a kid who loved it? Well, it was the pits. It really shocked me to re-watch something I found entertaining as a kid and I know that saying that many kids never grow up but thankfully I did. Now I'm not going to sit here and put this film down for being disgusting, vile or featuring "ugly" jokes because nothing here offended me today. What I will put down is the entire screenplay, which really makes one scratch their head because the story is so bad that you can't help but wonder if any real attempt was made to come up with something good or if this was just thrown together to make some quick cash.

The story pretty much as the Garbage Pail Kids coming to the aid of a weak boy (Mackenzie Astin) who might just be getting taken advantage of by a girl (Katie Barberi) he has a crush on. I think the biggest problem with the screenplay is that it tries to tell too much story in regards to the GPK and this wasn't needed. The cards told us all we needed to know so the film should have just stood back and delivered the goods that the cards did.

Valorie Vomit, Ali Gator, Greaser Greg, Nat Nerd, Windy Winston, Messy Tessie and Foul Phil are the kids here and most of them never really get to dig into their "tricks" from the cards. Valorie Vomit, for one example, only does her thing once at the end of the movie. Now, a lot of parents back in the day would have said that's a good thing but every generation has its thing that parents object to and this was one from the 80s.

The performances are all pretty brutal with Astin not delivering anything and Barbieri delivering a really, really bad performance. You do have the costumes by John Carl Buechler who previously did the film TROLL and would later do Friday THE 13TH PART VII. While watching this horrid movie I couldn't help but smile at thinking back at some of the cards and passing them around class in the school. It's a real shame that this film didn't do anyone any good but I can't help but wish that a real R-rated remake would come along and really do things right.

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