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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.


Rod Amateau


Linda Palmer (as Melinda Palmer), Rod Amateau

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Fondacaro ... Greaser Greg
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
Kevin Thompson ... Ali Gator
Bobby Bell Bobby Bell ... Foul Phil (as Robert Bell)
Larry Green Larry Green ... Nat Nerd
Arturo Gil ... Windy Winston
Susan Rossitto Susan Rossitto ... Messy Tessie
John Cade 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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A live action heap of fun! See more »


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

22 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La pandilla basura See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$661,512, 23 August 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


J.P. Amateau, who played Wally, is the son of director Rod Amateau. See more »


There is never a given explanation for why Juice and his friends are constantly terrorizing Dodger, they could just be bullies but they are never shown in the same school together or anything like that, there is never any backstory given for what looks like are a group of young adults that are antagonizing a pre-teen. See more »


Girl #2: You wanna see a dog wanking off into a garbage pail?
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 26 secs for a PG certificate with edits to imitable techniques and to remove all shots of Greg's flick knife. The DVD features the same cut print. See more »


Working With Each Other
Performed by The Garbage Pail Kids
Produced by Michael Lloyd & John Strong
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The Title Says It All: This Movie Is Garbage
24 January 2014 | by CinematicThylacineSee all my reviews

I am a long time fan of cheesy and badly made movies, I am a strong believer in the idea that some movies can be so bad that they're good. Such examples include Troll 2, Manos: The Hands of Fate, Plan 9 From Outer-Space, The Killer Shrews, and other movies that are so cheesy that they are hilarious to watch. This film, however, is one of the most painful and horrifyingly bad films I have ever seen. I know that some people have the habit of saying "This is the worst movie ever!" every time they see a mediocre film, but believe me, I am dead serious about this being one of the most painful movies I have seen. Let me explain why I say this:

1) Our "protagonists" are creepy latex and foam masked Cabbage Patch Kids rejects who do all sorts of rude and unsocial acts upon random citizens. The term "bad special effects" does not even begin to cover the creepiness of the Garbage Pail kids themselves, with creepy corpse-like eyes and gaping mouths. Their ugly physical appearances are matched by their horrible inner appearances, spending the entire movie stealing, looting, vandalizing vehicles, beating up random people in a bar, puking on people, and other such rude acts that would land any other person in jail (and these are the heroes).

2) This movie seriously piles on one unfunny potty-joke after another, making many people sick to their stomachs from all the gross-out humor. I'm sure some people might think it's *hilarious* to see random pedestrians being covered in projectile vomit or see the zit-covered nerdy Garbage Pail kid pee his pants for the twentieth time, but I personally find this humor WAY to nauseating for my tastes.

3) The message of the movie is SERIOUSLY contradictory to what we our shown, with the message being to not judge others on their physical appearances and to instead look at what is inside each person. The problem with this syrupy message is that the Garbage Pail kids prove that they are just as hideous on the inside as they are on the outside. So since when is stealing vehicles and being total jerks to random people considered "nice", or is it technically "okay" for them to act this way since they're a bunch of giant headed weirdos from a magic trash-can (seriously). It's so bad that they make the random bullies in the movie look like stereotypical cub-scouts who help elderly ladies cross the street.

There are other flaws with this movie (such as the bullies and their strange motivations or the random weird musical number that will make your ears bleed) but all of these pale in comparison to the biggest flaws I listed above. Some people might actually like this film, but I personally suggest that you don't even give this painful movie a second glance before running for the hills.

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