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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Trivia

Both Beau Bridges's brother Jeff Bridges and Chuck Norris were considered to play Snake Plisken in Escape from New York. The role ultimately went to Kurt Russell. See more »

Goofs

During the tie breaker part of the competition, when Randy is doing his second break, he asks for another brick. The announcer states that he is attempting a record breaking 9 bricks, but in the original breaking competition, Mr. Lee asked for started with 8 bricks, then asked for a 9th to be added, and when he breaks the bricks, there are actually 10 bricks in his stack. This should have been a record. See more »

Quotes

Barry: Nobody likes me. Why would he?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Evolution (2001) See more »

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Little Brown Jug
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Winner
Heard in the saloon daydream.
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"It's not going to be so easy this time"
14 February 2002 | by znowhite01See all my reviews

Aaron Norris delivers a wonderful blend of kung fu fighting, day dreams and high school angst in this underrated family film. Jonathan Brandis (who was having a banner year in '92 with this and Ladybugs) dreams of being Chuck Norris' 'sidekick' in fighting terrorists, evil dictators and various other cardboard cut-outs. Why Norris you ask? Probably because they couldn't get Stallone or Schwarzenegger. This is surprisingly watchable if you don't let logic get in the way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sidekicks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$250,003, 11 April 1993

Gross USA:

$17,180,393

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,180,393
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gallery Films, Vision PDG See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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