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North (1994)

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Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.


Rob Reiner


Alan Zweibel (novel), Alan Zweibel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... North
Jason Alexander ... North's Dad
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... North's Mom
Marc Shaiman ... Piano Player
Jussie Smollett ... Adam
Taylor Fry ... Zoe
Alana Austin ... Sarah
Peg Shirley ... Teacher
Chuck Cooper ... Umpire
Alan Zweibel ... Coach
Donavon Dietz Donavon Dietz ... Assistant Coach
Teddy Bergman ... Teammate
Michael Cipriani Michael Cipriani ... Teammate
Joran Corneal Joran Corneal ... Teammate
Joshua Kaplan Joshua Kaplan ... Teammate


Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. Thus north starts off on an hilarious journey around the world to find the parents that really care about him. Written by Peter Huiskes <huiskes@westbrabant.net>

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A family comedy that appeals to the child in everyone. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for a few words | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Норт See more »

Filming Locations:

West Caldwell, New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Graham Greene and Bruce Willis later co-starred in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995). See more »


When North is being chased through a New York airport, he passes a neon eagle on the wall. This eagle is in the Los Angeles airport. See more »


News Reporter: Arthur Belt, the rising politician who drafted the bill...
Arthur Belt: [Winchell shuts off the TV] Wait! They were talking about me!
Winchell: Relax, Arthur, pretty soon you'll be hearing your name so much even YOU will be sick of it.
Arthur Belt: I highly doubt it.
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Crazy Credits

Scarlett Johansson is credited as Scarlett Johanssen. Her surname is spelt wrong! See more »


Features The Disorderly Orderly (1964) See more »


by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (as Dick Smith)
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Without a doubt the worst movie of all time
14 June 2003 | by Stephencjones13See all my reviews

Say you have $40 million to make a movie. You have a great director and a wonderful cast topped off with a great young actor. The story is nothing too big so the $40 mil should cover it. You seem to have the makings for a potential classic. Nothing could go wrong with this, right? Right?

But the movie you'd have would be North. And apparently things did go wrong. Many...many things. Or possibly the only thing that went wrong was the story chosen. The story is about an 11 year old boy named North (now how could a movie NOT be funny with such an unusual name for a character?), played by a pre-Frodo Elijah Woods, who feels his parents are mistreating him because they don't pay attention to him. So he gets a lawyer, who he finds literally chasing an ambulance, haha, and divorces his parents. Now because he's such an overachieving little wretch, letters come pouring in from families who would LOVE to have North as a part of their family.

Bruce Willis plays...well I don't really know WHAT Bruce Willis plays. Whatever he has of a character is too useless to be a guardian angel. He doesn't really DO anything. He first shows up in an Easter Bunny costume (the movie just keeps getting funnier and funnier) and sits next to North in his (North's) secret spot, a chair in the middle of a department store. Now, maybe Alan Zweibel's definition of 'secret' differs from mine, but shouldn't a 'secret spot' be a spot that nobody else knows about? I'm pretty sure at least a couple people noticed that, GASP, there's a chair in the middle of the department store.

Watching North is like receiving a shotgun blast to the crotch, stretched out over 87 minutes, only without as much permanent damage. Some of the people involved have done so many other great movies that I can forgive them for this. However, Alan Zweibel has not only done nothing of note besides this, he wrote the story this movie was based on. The script is the sole reason this movie is bad. It certainly isn't the actors; it's not the director, Rob Reiner. The plot twists, or attempt thereof, are lame, and the final one is just insulting to anybody who has the misfortune of watching this movie.

Avoid this movie at all costs. No matter what is on the other channels or at the video store, nothing is as bad or worse than North.

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