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The Paper Brigade (1996)

Gunther Wheeler, fourteen, a tough guy from New York City, moves to a small town called Pleasant Valley. Gunther isn't making very many friends in his new town. Until he meets Allison ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Howard ... Gunther Wheeler
Robert Englund ... Crazy Man Cooper
Travis Wester ... Chad
Chauncey Leopardi ... Charlie
Ethan Glazer Ethan Glazer ... Andrew
Matthew Ness Matthew Ness ... Fish
Bibi Osterwald ... Widow Hansen
Kylee Cochran ... Allison Robbins
Matthew Best Matthew Best ... Gus
Michael 'Mikey' Peterson Michael 'Mikey' Peterson ... Henry
Eean Crawford Eean Crawford ... Leonard
Michael Paul Stephenson ... Luke (as Michael Stephenson)
Christopher Marsh Christopher Marsh ... Wylee
Michael Flynn ... Mr. Wheeler
Suzanne Barnes Suzanne Barnes ... Mrs. Wheeler


Gunther Wheeler, fourteen, a tough guy from New York City, moves to a small town called Pleasant Valley. Gunther isn't making very many friends in his new town. Until he meets Allison Robbins a beautiful blonde girl his age, the girl of his dreams. Gunther is anxious to score on Allison by taking her out on a date. When Chad, Luke, and Wylie, a couple of neighborhood bullies give Gunther a chance to see Screamin' Banchees, an awesome band, but the tickets for the concert are one hundred fifty dollars. Gunther doesn't have that kind of money. So the only way for him to get the money is to work as a paperboy with Charlie, Gus, Henry, and Fish, which are known as the "nerd herd". Written by Sam

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The line is drawn, the sides are packed, the soldiers are in place. The war has begun!


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Release Date:

25 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunther & the Paper Brigade See more »

Filming Locations:

Pleasant Valley, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


In the scene where the boys are siphoning gas out of the bully's car, there is a shot of the three bullies coming out of the front door of the house. One of them slips on the steps, but the camera cuts to another shot just before we would have seen what was going to be a MAJOR landing on his rear. See more »


[Gunther needs directions from the Oriental milkman]
Gunther: Hi, can you tell me where Mapleson street is?
Milkman: What?
Gunther: [clearer and louder] Can you tell me where Mapleson street is?
Milkman: Ohhh, Mapleson street, why didn't you say so? Speak clear English next time, okay?
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Prop Monster - John Harrington See more »

Alternate Versions

The version released under the title "Gunther & the Paper Brigade" is censored and runs for 75 minutes. The original VHS release released as "The Paper Brigade" is 90 minutes and is uncut. See more »

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Oh my God . . .
2 September 2007 | by YakisobaSee all my reviews

This is one of the stupidest movies ever made. If you plan to view it seriously, I urge you not to watch it. If, however, you watch it solely for the entertainment value of its unintentional hilarity, it may be worth watching once--maybe.

There is hardly a single redeeming aspect of the film, except maybe the female character (there really is only one female character, except for the mother, who hardly counts as a character at all), because she is hot. Though the fact that she ends up with Gunther at the end of the movie diminishes this fact somewhat; she should have stuck with his little brother.

Other than that, the film is a disaster. The script is pandering, inane, cliché-ridden, and occasionally so mind-boggling stupid that you begin to wonder what the screenwriter was smoking when he/she wrote it. The acting is terrible--though the actors, to their credit, aren't exactly given a whole lot to work with. The music and cinematography are bland and unmemorable. The editing is competent--I guess.

When the best thing you can say about a movie is that the editing is competent, you know something's wrong.

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