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Private Parts (1997)

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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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Betty Thomas

Writers:

Howard Stern (book), Len Blum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Stern ... Self
Robin Quivers ... Robin Quivers
Mary McCormack ... Alison Stern
Fred Norris ... Fred Norris
Paul Giamatti ... Kenny
Gary Dell'Abate ... Gary Dell'Abate
Jackie Martling ... Jackie Martling
Carol Alt ... Gloria
Richard Portnow ... Ben Stern
Kelly Bishop ... Ray Stern
Henry Goodman ... Moti
Jonathan Hadary ... Griff
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ... Ross Buckingham
Allison Janney ... Dee Dee
Michael Murphy ... 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 {J-26}

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He turned on everyone who tuned in! See more »


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

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Trivia

Howard Stern was allowed to improvise the final monologue in which he talks to the camera. Only one take was filmed. See more »

Goofs

During AC/DC's final performance, there is a sign for a "Staples" store in the background. Staples was not a chain store in 1985. See more »

Quotes

Howard Stern: I am the hero of the lesbian community.
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Crazy Credits

Stern cohort 'Stuttering John' Melendez rants about Howard not putting him in the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

For its airings on the USA Network, the movie occasionally pauses and 'Howard Stern' appears to provide commentary on the movie. Also, in an atypical move for a basic cable channel, USA Network presented the movie with no edits -- but with all spoken obscenities bleeped and objectionable visuals (nudity, drug use) electronically masked. This version also airs on VH1. See more »

Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Moonglow
Written by Will Hudson, Edgar De Lange (as Edgar DeLange) & Irving Mills
Performed by Benny Goodman
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label 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 bob the mooSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,616,333, 9 March 1997

Gross USA:

$41,230,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,230,799
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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