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Monkey Trouble (1994)

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A young girl's life turns hairy when her new pet monkey turns out to be a trained pickpocket on the run from a scheming Gypsy.

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Franco Amurri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Finster Finster ... Dodger (as 'Finster')
Thora Birch ... Eva
Harvey Keitel ... Azro
Mimi Rogers ... Amy
Christopher McDonald ... Tom
Adrian Johnson Adrian Johnson ... Jack
Julian Johnson Julian Johnson ... Jack
Kevin Scannell Kevin Scannell ... Peter
Alison Elliott ... Tessa
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Drake
Victor Argo ... Charlie
Remy Ryan Remy Ryan ... Katie
Adam LaVorgna ... Mark
Jo Champa ... Annie
John Lafayette ... Cates
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Storyline

Eva is a girl that is feeling left out and ignored when her new baby brother arrives. Nothing is going well for her, until she finds a new friend. Her new friend is Dodger, a monkey. Dodger and Eva become close friends and entertain crowds at the Boardwalk. That is, until Eva finds out that Dodger has a hidden talent - he's a trained thief. Written by Anonymous

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Eva's new friend has big eyes, hairy feet, and very sticky fingers. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a moment of menace | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pet See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,344,520
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joanna Berry, Film Critic from the Radio Times described Harvey Keitel starring in this movie as follows: "Quite what the hard-as-nails star of Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Bad Lieutenant (1992) is doing in this comedy adventure is anyone's guess, but his tongue-in-cheek performance will delight adults, almost as much as the monkey business will enchant young children." After Keitel had starred in those violent, expletive-heavy films, he wanted to do this movie for his young daughter. See more »

Goofs

Eva uses plastic-handled scissors to cut the fried chicken, much of which is obviously hard and crunchy, and so those flimsy-handled (the blades' metal handle-portions have just short stumpy tabs on the ends that only protrude a small distance into the plastic handles instead of extending all the way into and around the finger-loops, and so this type of scissors is notorious for the handles' breaking at this spot) scissors would never have been able to hack off a large/thick piece of the chicken, especially with the awkward clumsy manner in which the small-handed Eva is operating the scissors. See more »

Quotes

Cab driver: [looking official and impersonal behind dark glasses] Sorry, we don't take Minors, Company rules.
Eva: I'm not a Minor, I'm in a major hurry!
Cab driver: [lowering his sunglasses to indicate that he is a bit human and understanding after all] You got money?
Eva: Yes!
[Takes out a big wad of Cash, the Driver nods *o.k.*]
Eva: GO!
[the Driver takes off]
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Crazy Credits

The film is dedicated "For Eva", after Eva Amurri, director Franco Amurri's daughter. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Monkey Trouble (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

WHO GETS DA LOOT
Performed by Quo
Written by JD Tru and Ross Hogarth
Courtesy of M II Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
JD Tru Music and Hoax Finoax Music (BMI)
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What a Surprise!
2 October 2000 | by ancient-andeanSee all my reviews

My daughter put "Monkey Trouble" in the VCR and after I heard her laughing her head off I decided to sit down and see what was so funny. What a surprise! It was funny & fun with just the right touch of adventure and pathos to make an excellent family experience.

Thora Birch plays Eva, the little girl who finds a monkey named Dodgers (played by Finster) trained by a drunken gypsy (Harvey Keitel) to steal watches, wallets, earrings, cash and anything else he could get his little fingers on. Eva's step-dad, allergic to animal hair, won't let Eva have a pet. So, when Eva sneaks Dodger into her room she becomes a very responsible little girl indeed, even cleaning up her bedroom and doing her homework. Quite a feat for a ten year old! But Fingers, continues his pick pocketing and theft, hiding the loot in Eva's art box. Finster himself hides under Eva's bed whenever anyone enters her room. So much for the basic plot, within which a child's humor, innocence, emotion, problems of growing up, and adventurous spirit is played.

Thora Birch has a much wider range of expression and sentiment in her acting than the Olsen twins (who we love to watch as a family too). Thora has an all-American look with just a few freckles and reminds me of the "kid next door". The camera catches her perfectly. Especially attractive was the lighting which made her somewhat golden hair into a sort of halo of light. She is very human and a very good actress. Dodger the monkey played a role that perfectly complimented the performance of Eva. My bet is they really loved one another and had a great time on the set together. Is it my imagination or are monkeys and children smarter, more expressive and better actors than most humans?

My daughter laughed and cried throughout the movie and declared it "Great"! It even tickled a demanding old grump like myself who generally would rather do anything but watch a PG rated movie. It made me nostalgic for my own childhood. As a parent I give it a "ten" and highly recommend it for its humor and warmth.


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