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Sidekicks (1992)

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A bullied teen who fantasizes about being Chuck Norris' sidekick trains in martial arts to fulfill his dreams.

Director:

Aaron Norris

Writers:

Lou Illar (story), Galen Thompson (screenplay) (as Donald G. Thompson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Jerry Gabrewski
Jonathan Brandis ... Barry Gabrewski
Mako ... Mr. Lee
Julia Nickson ... Noreen Chan (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
Joe Piscopo ... Kelly Stone
Danica McKellar ... Lauren
John Buchanan John Buchanan ... Randy Cellini
Richard Moll ... Horn
Gerrit Graham ... Mapes
Dennis Burkley ... Hank
Chuck Norris ... Chuck Norris
Dennis Letts ... Man with Dog
Christy Martin Christy Martin ... Female Student
David Born ... Businessman
Lawrence Joe Lawrence Joe ... Old Chinese Man
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Storyline

Barry is an asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of enjoyment is fantasizing that he is with Chuck Norris. Barry becomes sick of getting picked on by the bigger guys, and decides to learn karate, in hopes of one day meeting the great Chuck Norris. Written by Anonymous

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A dreamer and a champion. An unbeatable team...Until his hero stepped out of his fantasies to fight at his side.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A bajnok és a kölyök See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,180,393
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gallery Films, Vision PDG See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Brandis later unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", which Hayden Christensen was got the part. Anakin Skywalker bares some similarities to Barry Gabrewski: Anakin Skywalker lives with his mother Shmi Skywalker. Anakin dreams of being a Jedi Knight. Anakin is introduced to Obi-Wan Kenobi by Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan trains Anakin as a Jedi and instructs him with a lightsaber and in the ways of the force and Anakin fights the villains besides Obi-Wan. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chuck Norris has a beard. See more »

Goofs

The Inhaler that Barry uses is not a use-on-demand type inhaler, it is in fact a one-time daily use inhaler. See more »

Quotes

Barry: Milk.
Kelly Stone: [loud laughter] Hey, how 'bout some cookies?
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Alternate Versions

The original UK video version has an entire scene removed, at the end of the film the nunchuck display that Barry Gabrewski does as part of the competition is missing due to censorship rules in the UK at that time. Additional cuts were made to other nunchaku and throwing stars footage, bringing the cuts total to 4 mins 38 secs. See more »


Soundtracks

Little Brown Jug
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Winner
Heard in the saloon daydream.
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For the kids ...
14 April 2002 | by abentenjoSee all my reviews

Aaron's firmly in the driver's seat while brother Chuck lays down the action yet again in this enjoyable and harmless action romp, a re-hash of The Karate Kid only less involved and played mainly for laughs. Brandis is the asthma-induced child who dreams of fighting alongside his screen hero Chuck Norris. Mako plays loveable sage Mr. Lee who teaches the kid a little confidence and karate and soon enough his dreams form reality as the man himself soon turns up in the flesh at a martial arts tournament. Tame and undemanding, Sidekicks is an idle gem that whiles the hours away.


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