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The Little Rascals (1994)

Alfalfa is wooing Darla and his "He-Man-Woman-Hating" friends attempt to sabotage the relationship.

Director:

Penelope Spheeris

Writers:

Penelope Spheeris (story), Robert Wolterstorff (story) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Travis Tedford ... Spanky
Kevin Jamal Woods ... Stymie
Jordan Warkol ... Froggy
Zachary Mabry ... Porky
Ross Bagley ... Buckwheat (as Ross Elliot Bagley)
Courtland Mead ... Uh-Huh
Sam Saletta ... Butch
Blake Jeremy Collins ... Woim
Blake McIver Ewing ... Waldo
Juliette Brewer ... Mary Ann
Heather Karasek ... Jane
Brittany Ashton Holmes ... Darla
Bug Hall ... Alfalfa
Elmer Elmer ... Himself
Petey ... Himself
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Storyline

The story begins with Spanky, who is the president of the "He-Man Woman Haters Club" with many school-aged boys from around the neighborhood as members. His best friend, Alfalfa, has been chosen as the driver for the club's prize-winning go-kart, called "The Blur", in the annual Soap Box Derby style race. However, when the announcement is made, Alfalfa is nowhere to be found. The boys catch Alfalfa in the company of Darla -- "a girl!" Alfalfa isn't like his friends because he's in love with Darla, and unfortunately threatens the very existence of their "boys only" club. The club's members try their hardest to break the two apart, eventually causing their beloved clubhouse to burn down. Darla is mistakenly led to believe Alfalfa feels ashamed of her, so she turns her attentions to Waldo, the new rich kid whose father is an oil tycoon. Further trouble ensures when their prized go-cart "The Blur" is stolen by local neighborhood bullies Butch and Woim. How can they win the big race and ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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nightmare | club | boy | girl | friend | See All (65) »

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Mischief loves company! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Busungarna See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,028,065, 5 August 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,764,950
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DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film liberally borrows gags, situations, set-ups, costumes, and plots from many of the shorts that made up the original Our Gang (Little Rascals) movie series. Some examples: - Hook and Ladder (1932): The gang as firefighters - Hi'-Neighbor! (1934): Building the go-cart (a fire engine in the original), knocking over the pedestrian on the sidewalk. - Anniversary Trouble (1935): The "hi/high-sign" (the only short in which it is prominently featured) - Hearts Are Thumps (1937): The He-Man Woman Haters Club, the gang spiking Alfalfa and Darla's lunch, Alfalfa's "bubble song." - Rushin' Ballet (1937): Alfalfa and Spanky in drag at a ballet recital. The costumes are exact duplicates of the originals. - Mail and Female (1937): (once again) The He-Man Woman Haters Club, the love note, "1st Messenger" Buckwheat, and "2nd Messenger" Porky. - Auto Antics (1939): The go-cart race - Three Smart Guys (1943): Buckwheat and Porky catching one another's fishing hook and trying to (unknowingly) reel each other in. See more »

Goofs

Waldo refers to his dad's car as a Bentley when it is really a Rolls Royce. See more »

Quotes

Stymie: You're not thinkin' about Darla, are ya?
Alfalfa: No, of course not.
George "Spanky" McFarland: Good.
Alfalfa: I wonder if she's not thinking of me, too?
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Crazy Credits

The director (Penelope Spheeris) talks to the actors/actresses during the beginning of the credits. Brittany Ashton Holmes' name was said 3 times during the credits. See more »

Connections

References Teacher's Beau (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

THE AIR THAT I BREATHE
Written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood
Performed by Bug Hall
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90's Reboot of the Rascals
16 October 2012 | by trixie-k-88See all my reviews

Ah, the 90's remake of the Hal Roach shorts from the Great Depression. I liked this movie as a child and most other kids I knew enjoyed it too. But…as an adult I feel differently about it.

Spanky (Travis Tedford) and his best friend Alfalfa (Bug Hall) are the founders of the He-Man-Woman-Haters Club, a club of little boys who get together and do "boy" things without girls. But when Alfalfa falls in puppy love with a girl named Darla (Brittany Ashton Holmes), Spanky and his other friends do everything to sabotage the relationship. And when Alfalfa accidentally burns down their clubhouse the other boys have completely had it with him, and force him to guard their prized go-cart day and night. Meanwhile, Darla has fallen for a new rich boy Waldo (Blake McIver Ewing), but Alfalfa is still determined to get her back. Everything boils down to the local fair when the boys try to win the go-cart derby, raise enough money to rebuild the clubhouse, and mend broken friendships.

This movie is…weak. The plot itself isn't that bad, and most children who watch it are entertained, but it's just not good. The overwhelming problem with this film is that none of the kids can act their way out of a paper bag. The fact that none of the kids have been in anything more than a few made for TV or straight to video movies since this proves that. Honestly I found the outtakes of the kids' mistakes funnier than the movie itself. In terms of being based off the original "Little Rascals" shorts, they don't have much to do with them aside from the same looks and names as the originals. That being said it's hard to relate children of the 90s to children of the 20's, 30's and 40's. A lot of the old ones are based on poverty, hunger, and child abuse as a part of their lives, along with other themes that were anachronistic or not applicable to children of the 90's. But they tried to integrate some themes like the go cart derby, Alfalfa singing and the He-Man-Woman-Haters Club. With that all said this is still a movie that would entertain most children under ten, but can quickly get annoying for parents that have to sit through it with them.


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