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Black Sheep (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 February 1996 (USA)
A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

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Penelope Spheeris

Writer:

Fred Wolf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Farley ... Mike Donnelly
David Spade ... Steve Dodds
Tim Matheson ... Al Donnelly
Christine Ebersole ... Governor Tracy
Gary Busey ... Drake Sabitch
Grant Heslov ... Robbie Mieghem
Timothy Carhart ... Roger Kovary
Bruce McGill ... Neuschwander
Michael Patrick Carter ... Scott Colleary
Boyd Banks ... Clyde Spinoza
David St. James ... Motorcycle Cop
Skip O'Brien ... State Trooper
Branden Morgan ... Fan (as Branden R. Morgan)
'Gypsy' Spheeris 'Gypsy' Spheeris ... Pocket Pool Lady
John Ashker ... Jim Blaine
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Storyline

Comedy about the prospective Washington State Governor Al Donnelly whose only stumbling block on the road to power is his embarrassing younger brother Mike. To keep him out of mischief, Al forces one of his aides, Steve Dodds to keep an eye on him during the election. However, this is easier said than done... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

There's one in every family.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language and humor, drug-related material and sexual innuendo | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ovelha Negra See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$32,377,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the opening gubernatorial campaign speech by Al Donnely, he says the line "if I got the same welcome everywhere I went that I got here in my home town, my candidacy would be a lock," adding a large emphasis the word 'lock'. The democratic front runner for governor in Washington State at the time of filming was Gary Locke (D), who went on to win the seat. This may have been an intentional nod to the democratic candidate by the filmmakers. See more »

Goofs

When Steve gets sprayed with the fire extinguisher he is wearing a pair of khakis and a sweater but when we see him a while later he is still sprayed but wearing blue jeans and a jacket. Later still, he is back to the original outfit. See more »

Quotes

[Mike is pretending to be a cop, Steve is pretending to be a prisoner]
Steve: Ro-ads. Ro-ods.
Mike: Quiet back there! I've taken enough guff from you for one day!
[turns to state trooper]
Mike: Raving psycho! Butchered 400 chickens and screwed a beagle. I'm taking him back to Nevada where he's wanted for banging horses!
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Connections

References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Marmalade
by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
Performed by LaBelle
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Chris Farley Was No John Candy
13 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

If you're going to be crude, and-or outrageous, you better be funny.

I know the guy's dead but I'm sorry: I don't what the attraction ever was for actor Chris Farley. He and the movies he was in, generally speaking, were trash, I mean absolute garbage. He was a huge, slobby guy and not funny. You can be a big slob and still be a real likable actor, like John Candy. But, this guy was no John Candy. David Spade, his comedic partner in this film, isn't exactly the Bob Hope of comedians for this age, either.

This is a typically crude PG-13 comedy of today that does have it's funny moments but overall is low class. In this film, believe me, most of the skits were not funny and they are the usual sex jokes. Hollywood is obsessed with sex in its comedy movies. Hey, I can laugh at dumb humor with the best of 'em, and I'll laugh at good sex joke, too, but I couldn't find that many good sketches in here. That's the film really is, one sketch after another featuring Farley and/or Spade. This guys did better in "Tommy Boy," but not much better.

It's these kind of films that give today's comedy films a bad name.


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