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Kicked in the Head (1997)

Redmond is a young guy who can't find what to do with his life. When his uncle Sam gives him the bag to deliver to some uptown connection he fails to do so and it gets them in trouble with ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Kevin Corrigan ... Redmond
Linda Fiorentino ... Megan
Michael Rapaport ... Stretch
Lili Taylor ... Happy
James Woods ... Uncle Sam
Burt Young ... Jack
Olek Krupa ... Borko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Baptiste Nicole Baptiste ... Cop
Elliot Cuker Elliot Cuker ... Sheldon
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Skullcap
David Deblinger
Sol Frieder Sol Frieder ... Escalator Man
Matthew Harrison
Bianca Hunter ... Pearl
George T. Odom ... Doorperson (as George Odom)


Redmond is a young guy who can't find what to do with his life. When his uncle Sam gives him the bag to deliver to some uptown connection he fails to do so and it gets them in trouble with Jack, low-key criminal. After that tough guy Stretch wants Redmond to take part in his illegal beer business, but before Redmond gets involved, the business ends in a bad way. Redmond is also having affair with flight attendant Megan. Written by Anonymous

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A raucous new comedy about life on the edge.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, drug content, some sex and brief violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Durchgeknallt in Manhattan See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,812, 28 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,739, 5 October 1997
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Company Credits

Production Co:

De Fina-Cappa See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kevin Corrigan and Michael Rapaport both appeared in True Romance (1993) See more »


References Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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The Recipe
4 June 2006 | by B24See all my reviews

Not often that a decently produced film with some veteran actors gets a rating as low as this one. I watched it on Sundance channel with no advance idea of its origin. I am fairly convinced, however, that its flaws relate to the origins of its ingredients.

First, you take some young New Yorkers who may or may not be on speed and get them to write a treatment for a film in small script in an even smaller notebook. Then you have them read it back to themselves after they have come down off their high, reflecting if possible on any chaotic dreams they can remember. Tell them to include all the stock New York characters and clichés in no apparent order, jumping all over the place in time and location.

Next you hire some really great local character actors who are between engagements to play some zany but recognizable types. Add a couple of actresses to play, respectively, a one-note looker and a drippy high school sweetheart type. Then cast one of yourselves in the main protagonist role as an aspiring writer with no real talent either as a writer or actor. A cute dog and maybe even someone's cat could provide added appeal.

Then comes the hard part: getting someone short on IQ but long on money to finance the whole thing and let it go wherever it takes you. Marketing can come later.

This turkey is saved by inspired character acting. I particularly liked Burt Young playing a role he has played many times, and I thought John Ventimiglia was terrific. Pity it had to be in this film.

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