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The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 6 November 1998 (USA)
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A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

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Frank Coraci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Bobby Boucher
Kathy Bates ... Mama Boucher
Henry Winkler ... Coach Klein
Fairuza Balk ... Vicki Vallencourt
Jerry Reed ... Red Beaulieu
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Derek Wallace (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Blake Clark ... Farmer Fran
Peter Dante ... Gee Grenouille
Jonathan Loughran ... Lyle Robideaux
Al Whiting Al Whiting ... Casey Bugge
Clint Howard ... Paco
Allen Covert ... Walter
Rob Schneider ... Townie
Todd Holland Todd Holland ... Greg Meaney
Robert Kokol Robert Kokol ... Professor
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Storyline

Bobby Boucher is the lowly waterboy for a college football team, until the coach discovers his amazing talent for tackling people much bigger than him. He signs the Waterboy as the new star player, but Bobby must keep it secret from his overbearing and domineering mother. Written by Travis Kennedy

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Everybody will feel his pain November 6. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Waterboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,414,071, 8 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$161,491,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,991,646
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Winkler's role as Coach Klein came about after he was mentioned in Adam Sandler's huge hit "The Chanukah Song", where Sandler sang about various Jewish or half-Jewish entertainers. Sandler said, correctly, that the actor who played Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli on Happy Days (1974) is Jewish, and Winkler was thrilled by the reference and contacted Sandler to tell him so. Sandler then decided to ask Winkler if he would read the script for the coach's role, and then say if he wanted to take the part. Winkler did so and immediately signed on to the film. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby finishes his exam and is walking out of the building with Vicky, there is a poster in the window of the door, which has disappeared by the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Guy Grenouille: Nice going, shithead. You lost us the football game.
Bobby Boucher: Sorry. Will you please still be my friend?
Guy Grenouille: No, get away from me.
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Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version, the note Bobby gets early in the film reads "eat shit and kill yourself." For edited-for-TV versions the note reads "I hope you choke on your dandruff." See more »


Soundtracks

Sooner or Later
Written by Miles Zuniga
Performed by Fastball
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
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The Funnyboy.
28 August 2003 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Amusing but typical Adam Sandler vehicle about a water boy for a football team who has the amazing ability to get extremely mad and violent (picture Sandler as the Incredible Hulk). When a football coach (Henry Winkler, a.k.a. The Fonz) sees Sandler's amazing talent, he gets him on his football team...much to the dissaproval of his overcontrolling mother (Kathy Bates).

A lightweight comedy handled with playfulness. "The Waterboy" scores big points for laughs. If you want an hour and a half of fun, see this movie!

3.5/5 stars -

John Ulmer


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