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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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Taglines:

He's cute. He's cuddly. He's a klepto. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The freeway, which Katie's mom enters when en route to drop off Eva at her dad's house before going to the beach is Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. She entered the freeway from Sunset Blvd. See more »

Goofs

Eva's father has just a regular gun-holster such as a slim-bodied automatic pistol would slip into, yet the bulky revolver that the monkey is holding has a super-wide cylinder that could never fit into the holster. 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

Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

POSIE
Performed by The Aintree Boys
Written by Dylan MacAlinion and Granville Ames
Double Clutch Music/Big Barn Music (BMI)
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Perfect Family Fun with a Real Message
17 March 2011 | by jabcracker1-1See all my reviews

This is probably the best "kids movie" I know of. I don't know why this film hasn't garnered a higher "star" rating...maybe because it isn't "edgy" or cynical enough to fit current sensibilities of the darker society we are becoming. I've noticed many I've presented it to in classrooms or Sunday school groups dismiss it at first blush due to its cover and subject matter, but I haven't found an audience yet, from primary school kids to jaded teens, who have not become totally captured by the story it presents. Not one scene seems superfluous. There is not one minute in this film that does not keep everyone's attention. Thora Birch is perfect in her role. The light and jaunty musical score also receives a lot of credit in my mind as to how everything moves along so well. The music alone brightens my day! And how many movies in this genre have had the animal play his/her part so well? AND ... How many films out there that do as well as this one in conveying to children how serious or complicated things can become when we try to hide things from those we should trust?


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