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Private Parts (1997)

The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself
... Robin Quivers
... Alison Stern
... Fred Norris
... Kenny
... Gary Dell'Abate
... Jackie Martling
... Gloria
... Ben Stern
... Ray Stern
... Moti
... Griff
Paul Hecht ... Ross Buckingham
... Dee Dee
... Roger Erlick
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Storyline

Having always wanted to be a disc-jockey, Howard Stern works his way painfully from radio at his 1970's college to a Detroit station. It is with a move to Washington that he hits on an outrageous off-the-wall style that catches audience attention. Despite his on-air blue talk, at home he is a loving husband. He needs all the support he can get when he joins NBC in New York and comes up against a very different vision of radio. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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In the tradition of great rebels like George Washington, James Dean, Malcolm X, Abraham Lincoln and Lenny Bruce... One man is still revolting See more »


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Rated R for strong language, nudity and crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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7 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Howard Stern's Private Parts  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,616,333, 9 March 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,198,146, 8 June 1997
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Trivia

In the beginning stages of pre-production, John G. Avildsen was on board to direct. Howard Stern discussed John's work on his radio show, and both he and Stern spent time discussing the project. See more »

Goofs

When Howard arrives at WCCC, he is standing at the studio door as Fred finishes his program. To the left of the door, there is an "on air" light that is initially off, even though Fred is broadcasting. In the next shot, when Howard enters the studio, the "on air" light is on, and is then turned off. See more »

Quotes

Ben Stern: [to 7-year-old Howard] You're a moron! Now shut up and sit still!
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Crazy Credits

Kenny talks about his life after Howard, which eventually becomes a rant about how horrible Howard is. See more »

Connections

References Bananas in Pyjamas (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Tainted Love
Written by Ed Cobb
Performed by Soft Cell
Courtesy of Some Bizarre and Mercury Records Limited
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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This could have been so bad: instead, it's a masterpiece
24 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I SO enjoyed this movie.

I watched this movie without realizing until close to the end that Howard Stern was playing himself.

I was a radio announcer myself, during the period when Stern got going. This movie has the 'feel' of reality to it. I recognized so many of the people I worked with in this movie. Every radio station has some of them. The studios of the period were just like this.

Of course, this movie was severely compressed in time and space. Radio is like warfare: lengthy periods of utter boredom punctuated by periods of pure panic. We don't need to see the slow bits. Each hour of on-air radio presentation requires something like three hours of preparation: we don't see the hard work that goes into such a show.

We do see a very funny and entertaining movie. Don't forget, I was in the industry at the time this all happened: and this one feels 'real' to me.

Many autobiographical pieces by "stars" turn into awful sycophantic schmaltz-fests. This one didn't. It could have been awful. Most of this kind are. This one... is excellent.

And if you've never worked in broadcasting -- it's still very funny!


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