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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 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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Never before has a man done so much with so little. 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's use of interviews with the characters in between scenes is similar to the film Lenny (1974) which, according to the book, Howard Stern saw on his first date with future wife Alison Stern. See more »

Goofs

Robin makes the statement that Howard, "...wasn't old enough to be in Vietnam" and Howard replies, "no duh". The Vietnam War started in 1965 and ended in 1975. Howard was 18 years of age in 1972 which does make him old enough to be in the war. See more »

Quotes

[on why Howard is playing himself in college instead of someone younger]
Howard Stern: I know I seem a little too old to be in College. But for this movie you've gotta suspend disbelief.
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Closing disclaimer: This motion picture is based, in part, upon actual events, persons and companies. However, numerous of the characters, incidents and companies portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious. See more »

Connections

References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Syncopated Clock
Written by Leroy Anderson
Performed by Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orchestra (as The Boston Pops)
Courtesy of BMG Classics, A Division of BMG Entertainment
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A little one-sided in it's story telling but it's all very funny
11 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

The true story of Howard Stern's "rise" from schoolboy nerd to leading DJ in the USA. This is adapted from his book and is a whirlwind ride through 30 years, with the main focus being on his career at small stations and his big break at NBC. The fact that it is from Stern himself means that the story focuses on his good sides and tends to brush over the more difficult issues relating to his insensitivity towards his wife etc, but that doesn't stop this being a funny enjoyable film.

Stern plays himself with a great sense of self - most of his jokes put himself down rather than being arrogant. This helps endear the audience to him with great effect and makes him more sympathetic. The comedy is very sharp (and rude) throughout and even if we don't get any great insights at least we have a good laugh.

Stern is good in the lead role (admittedly if he can't play himself what can he do!) And his colleagues are also good as themselves. Paul Giamatti is great as the put upon producer at NBC and the rest of the cast is filled out with weird characters. One complaint would be the copious amount of nudity in the film - I realise that it's a true story but it did seem to be put in just to get the audience at times (well....like Stern's show itself I guess).

Overall this plays like a rude Woody Allen film (funny narrative voice-overs) and it has a certain charm to it that towers over the smuttiness to make it feel a much nicer film than it is. Even if you don't know who Stern is (i.e. most people outside of America) this is a very funny enjoyable film.


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