Matthew Broderick goes Out on a Limb in this surprising adventure about a financial whiz who takes a wild detour to come to the aid of his kid sister in the small logging town of Buzzsaw.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Bill Campbell
Jeffrey Jones ... Matt Skearns / Peter Van Der Haven
Heidi Kling ... Sally
John C. Reilly ... Jim Jr.
Marian Mercer ... Ann Campbell Van Der Haven
Larry Hankin ... Officer Darren
David Margulies ... Mr. Buchenwald
Courtney Peldon ... Marci Campbell
Michael Monks ... Jim Sr.
Andrew Benne Andrew Benne ... Officer Larry (as Andy Kossin)
Mickey Jones ... Virgil
Nancy Lenehan ... Miss Clayton
Noah Craig Andrews Noah Craig Andrews ... Julius
Ben Diskin ... Henry
Adam Wylie ... Bob


Matthew Broderick goes Out on a Limb in this surprising adventure about a financial whiz who takes a wild detour to come to the aid of his kid sister in the small logging town of Buzzsaw.

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He's got 24 hours to find his missing wallet with a phone number worth a hundred million dollars. There's only one place he hasn't looked...



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and violence, and for comic nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The movie re-unites Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) lead actors Matthew Broderick and Jeffrey Jones, the only occurrence to date. See more »


For some reason, the home-video release of this film omits the entire dramatic "Bill and Sally perched high up in a big tree while hiding from the bad guys, and with Bill's accidentally-dropped cell phone cheekily "ringin' 'n' flashin'" while it's precariously nested in a far-out-of-their-reach branch-fork" scene which was included in the network-television release, and which is obviously what gives the movie both its "cliffhanger-style" title and the humorous movie-poster photo of the pair sitting on a tree-limb. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version, when Bill is forced to strip, the scene ends with him taking his shirt off and begins with him walking down the street covering himself with the mailbox. But in the TV version, after he takes his shirt off, it continues until he takes his pants off, then shows a far angle of him naked and Sally driving off, then it goes to the scene with him and the mailbox. See more »


Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


(Hey Baby) Que Paso
Written by Augie Meyers, 'Bill Sheffield'
Performed by Texas Tornados
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

A great Laugh!
4 January 2007 | by hlguthrieSee all my reviews

My wife and I watch this film whenever we want a good laugh. The plot, characters and cast combine to provide the most hilarious "good feeling" comedy we have ever seen (this is our favorite!). The whole story is built around the classroom recitation by a young girl about how she spent her summer. The bizarre chain of events she tells about are deliberated at intervals throughout the movie by her unbelieving classmates. During these brief interludes she is coaxed to go on with her intriguing story and the action takes off -- again! This movie is superbly acted and directed to avoid the pitfalls of becoming "slap stick." While the plot is a bit far fetched, it is plausible. If you want to see a movie that makes you feel good and is viewable by people of any age, this is a "must see."

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Release Date:

4 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to Buzzsaw See more »

Filming Locations:

Boulder Creek, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,114,255, 7 September 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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