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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:
Chuck Norris ... Chuck Norris
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
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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The white building seen in the background where Barry is training with the nunchucks is the former Blue Ribbon rice silo - the silo stood vacant for several years and was demolished in 1996; the former rice silo is the current location of the Memorial Heights subdivision, which is a townhouse community in close proximity to Downtown Houston. See more »

Goofs

Boom Mic is visible. The scene in which Barry's dad has the conference with Ms. Chan, in her office, the boom mic is clearly visible at the top left of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Norris: Come on, Barry. That's it. Use your legs.
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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 »

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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Sidekicks (2009) See more »

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In the Hall of the Mountain King
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Good, undemanding fun for Norris fans
3 September 2005 | by houseofjamesSee all my reviews

Sidekicks is a pretty entertaining little film about a young, asthmatic boy who, in his imagination, is the sidekick to his hero, Chuck Norris. Barry, the kid (Brandis) is taught martial arts by his teacher's uncle (Mako). The story culminates with an exciting martial arts exhibition where Barry meets his idol, Chuck Norris, who agrees to help the boy in the competition.

A wish-fullfilment movie in the juvenile sense. Although Chuck has definitely had his day, the idea of meeting and being helped by your fantasy hero, is good fodder for a kids film like this. Some people will probably quibble at the occasional silliness (Richard Moll's ridiculous gym teacher, and Piscopo's over-the-top bad guy karate teacher, to name a few), as well as the obvious self-promotion for Chuck Norris, but I think that the fantasy of the film will work itself over it's intended audience, who should enjoy this little treat of a movie.


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