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Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 17 January 1997 (USA)
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A man tries to rescue a woman with a little help from his half brother.

Director:

Dennis Dugan

Writers:

Mark Feldberg, Mitchell Klebanoff (as Mitch Klebanoff)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Farley ... Haru
Nicollette Sheridan ... Allison Page / Sally Jones
Robin Shou ... Gobei
Nathaniel Parker ... Martin Tanley
Soon-Tek Oh ... Sensei
Keith Cooke ... Nobu (as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi)
Chris Rock ... Joey
François Chau ... Izumo
Dale Ishimoto Dale Ishimoto ... Old Japanese Man
Daming Chen Daming Chen ... Head Kobudosai
Burt Bulos ... Mr. Ozaru
Curtis Blanck Curtis Blanck ... Billy
Tom Bailey Tom Bailey ... Billy's Dad
Jason Tobin ... Busboy (as Jason J. Tobin)
Richard Kline ... Driver
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Storyline

Following a ship wreck, a baby is rescued by a clan of Ninja warriors and raised by them as one of their own. But Haru, as he is called, never quite fits in, nor does he manage to make a worthy Ninja. However, the good-natured and persevering Haru, in his own bumbling way, and with some help from Gobei, manages to prove himself to be a winner in the end. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Master of disaster. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex related humor, martial arts violence and a humerous drug related scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le ninja de Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,220,920, 20 January 1997

Gross USA:

$31,235,710, 15 June 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,639,029, 31 December 1997
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Bernie Brillstein, Chris Farley was so disappointed in this film that he cried on Brillstein's shoulder after the first screening. See more »

Goofs

When Alison shows Haru the picture, he takes it in one hand she is still touching it. In the next shot, she is not touching it and her hands are pressed together. See more »

Quotes

Haru: [Joey is chasing a chicken] Keep practicing, Joey, and someday you will choke that chicken.
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Alternate Versions

Even though passed by the BBFC a scene involving Haru using nunchakus and hurting himself was cut when aired on Sky. See more »

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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Performed by Carl Douglas
Courtesy of Schacht Musik
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True Masterpiece
12 November 1999 | by Mike-969See all my reviews

Beverly Hills Ninja may not reach the same level as Tommy Boy, but what Chris Farley movie could possibly top that comic masterpiece. Beverly Hills Ninja is nevertheless a valiant attempt. It is filled with classic moments which will not be soon forgotten. Examples include Haru protecting Sensai's ninja "house" when he first meets Alison and nearly destroys singlehandedly the entire place and the superb dialogue (such as, "You do not have Ninja intuition. In fact, you do not even have normal intuition.") Who can forget such classic movie moments?

But, probably the most enjoyable aspect of Chris Farley's movies is watching the response of others watching Chris Farley in action. Chris is one person you really love or you really hate. One of these extremes always prevails. And, for those of us who truly enjoy his work, nothing brings more joy than seeing the look of disgust and outrage on another person's face as they watch Chris Farley. Watching people toss and turn in their seats just hoping to get out of the theater as soon as possible really brings happiness to Chris Farley fans everywhere. It only highlights the high quality of his work (and the lack of a sense of humor on others' part). Although we can always enjoy his movies in video, nothing will compare to the full theater experience. Beverly Hills Ninja takes this aspect of his work to a new level.

A great movie and one definitely to watch (multiple times).


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