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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.

Director:

Rod Amateau

Writers:

Linda Palmer (as Melinda Palmer), Rod Amateau
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Fondacaro ... Greaser Greg (voice)
Anthony Newley ... Captain Manzini
Mackenzie Astin ... Dodger
Katie Barberi ... Tangerine
Ron MacLachlan Ron MacLachlan ... Juice
J.P. Amateau J.P. Amateau ... Wally
Marjory Graue Marjory Graue ... Blythe
Debbie Lee Carrington ... Valerie Vomit (voice)
Kevin Thompson ... Ali Gator (voice)
Bobby Bell Bobby Bell ... Foul Phil (voice) (as Robert Bell)
Larry Green Larry Green ... Nat Nerd (voice)
Arturo Gil ... Windy Winston (voice)
Susan Rossitto Susan Rossitto ... Messy Tessie (voice)
John Cade John Cade ... Bartender
Lynn Cartwright ... Fashion Show Host
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Storyline

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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A live action heap of fun! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pandilla basura See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$661,512, 23 August 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,576,615
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much like in the movie, Mackenzie Astin (Dodger) was actually going out with Kate Barberi (Tangerine) in real-life. They broke up in the middle of shooting. See more »

Goofs

As it is well known that the puppetry and animatronics were not properly finished for the film, the filmmakers had to work with what they had, as a result the Garbage Pail Kid Ali Gator can be seen several times with his mouth open and immobile in wide shots. See more »

Quotes

Captain Manzini: Did you get the blood of a toad and the eye of a newt?
Dodger: Nope. The pet shop's out of unicorns, too.
Captain Manzini: No wonder there's no magic in the world today. You can't get the ingredients.
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Soundtracks

Follow (Also Sprach the King of Eurodisco)
Performed by Ed Kuepper
Produced by Ed Kuepper
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Offensively Awful - How Did This Get Made?
28 February 2012 | by Sean LambergerSee all my reviews

Without question the worst movie I've ever seen, and not even in a "so bad it's good" kind of way. It's ninety minutes of sheer torture, starring a hideous cast of makeup nightmares; indisputable evidence of the lengths a commercial property can stretch for the almighty dollar. Like most children of the eighties, I had a healthy collection of GPK stickers in my closet growing up. The gross-out humor and macabre illustrations were a big selling point, but beneath all that was a creative core and a wild amount of versatility. Every card was completely different. The one-note comedy of their film translation, though, is like opening a pack filled with duplicates. I counted six jokes with a visual punchline of "and then he peed his pants." That's not an exaggeration, and it's not the only example of the flick's careless comedic redundancy. Combine that with an appalling song and dance number (seriously), a horribly out-of-place romantic subplot (starring a pre-pubescent boy and a girl well into her twenties, no less) and a gang of foils cut clumsily from recycled cardboard. It's genuinely amazing this ever saw the light of day.


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