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A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)

A Los Angeles police detective partners up with a talking gnome in order to bring down the head of a crime ring.


Stan Winston


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Michael Hall ... Casey Gallagher
Jerry Orbach ... Stan Walton
Claudia Christian ... Samantha 'Sam'
Eli Danker ... Zadar
Mark Harelik ... Detective Kaminsky
Robert Z'Dar ... Reggie
Mike Avery Mike Avery ... Gnorm
Craig Caton Craig Caton ... Gnorm
Greg Figiel Greg Figiel ... Gnorm
Eric Karlen Eric Karlen ... Gnorm
Eileen Kastner-Delago Eileen Kastner-Delago ... Gnorm
Richard J. Landon Richard J. Landon ... Gnorm (as Richard Landon)
Frank Charles Lutkus III Frank Charles Lutkus III ... Gnorm (as Charles Lutkus)
Shane Mahan Shane Mahan ... Gnorm
Brandon Mason Brandon Mason ... Gnorm


Gnorm is just an average Gnome. But he wants to impress the lady Gnomes by doing something heroic. So he steals the Gnome's magic stones to expose them to sunlight to recharge them. When he gets to the surface, (Gnome's live deep underground) he witnesses a murder, and the killer ends up with his stones. Detective Casey, who was working a sting operation with the murdered man, (another detective) is blamed for botching the sting, and causing the death. Wanting to catch the killer to clear his name, he teams up with Gnorm, who he accidentally discovers. He is going to need Samantha's help, but she thinks he is a nut. You see, no one else knows about Gnorm. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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This cop's got a brand new partner... And a lot of explaining to do. See more »


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Release Date:

18 May 1991 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of a Gnome Named Gnorm See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed in 1988, received limited release in 1990, pulled from circulation and re-released in 1992. See more »


Gnorm: Make her toes curl...
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Music and Lyrics by Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Bert Kaempfert
Published by Champion Music Corporation, Screen Gems - EMI
Music, Inc. and Amra, Inc.
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28 May 2011 | by capone666See all my reviews

A Gnome Named Gnorm

Gnomes are mischievous folks that enjoy making humans look stupid when they pronounce 'gnome' with a hard G.

Fortunately, the dwarfish imp in this comedy enunciates his name with a confident consonant sound.

Headed towards the surface in hopes of recharging the magical stones that belong to his subterranean race, a gnome named Gnorm (Mike Avery) is instead embroiled in a murder case involving a dead police officer.

When his partner is killed in the line of duty and the blame falls on him, Det. Gallagher (Anthony Michael Hall) must team up with the only witness to the incident, which happens to be a gnome named Gnorm.

With a laughable plot that falls betwixt fantasy and buddy-comedy, as well as a pitiable attempt at puppetry, A Gnome Named Gnorm is strictly lowbrow entertainment.

Besides, the police dogs would eat the gnome cop before he could even solve his first case. (Red Light)

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