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Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 25 June 1993 (USA)
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When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.

Director:

Nick Castle

Writers:

Hank Ketcham (characters), John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Mr. Wilson
Mason Gamble ... Dennis Mitchell
Joan Plowright ... Martha Wilson
Christopher Lloyd ... Switchblade Sam
Lea Thompson ... Alice Mitchell
Robert Stanton ... Henry Mitchell
Amy Sakasitz ... Margaret Wade
Kellen Hathaway Kellen Hathaway ... Joey
Paul Winfield ... Chief of Police
Natasha Lyonne ... Polly
Devin Ratray ... Mickey
Hank Johnston Hank Johnston ... Gunther
Melinda Mullins Melinda Mullins ... Andrea
Billie Bird ... Edith Butterwell
Bill Erwin ... Edward Little
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Storyline

Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. Written by Brian W. Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

He's armed... He's adorable... And he's out of school for the entire summer. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dennis See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$51,270,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,300,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Edith Butterwell (Billie Bird) and Edward Little (Bill Erwin) had previously played together in Home Alone (1990). They can be seen as the two fumbling over their glasses announcing Mr. Wilson (Walter Matthau) as the host for that summer's Floraganza. In Home Alone (1990), they are the elderly couple, from whom Catherine O'Hara tries to barter tickets, in the airport. Both movies were written by John Hughes. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Wilson flinches from the tack taped to the doorbell button of Dennis' house, the button is not pressed enough to let it ring, but you hear the ringing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Connections

Followed by A Dennis the Menace Christmas (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Hang Up
Written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell
Performed by The Orlons
By Arrangement with Abkco Records
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This movie is best compared to "Home Alone" and the better of the two.
11 January 1999 | by JerBetSee all my reviews

I feel really badly that this movie is on the list of worst according to average vote. If you consider that it relies very much on slap-stick humour, which does not appeal to everyone, that might explain its poor showing.

The movie is best compared to "Home Alone." I feel it is by far the better of the two movies. Dennis is wide-eyed and innocent and the slap-stick scenarios are 'accidental' rather than contrived as in "Home Alone."

This is a movie that elderly parents can watch and be guaranteed to have a good time. It is also a movie that kids will love. If those in between can't appreciate it, that speaks a lot for their loss of innocence.


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