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The Real Howard Spitz (1998)

PG | | Comedy | 28 August 1998 (UK)
Howard Spitz is a cranky, has-been detective novelist out of money and out of luck - until he meets eight-year-old Samantha, who convinces him he has what it takes to write children's books.

Director:

Vadim Jean

Writer:

Jurgen Wolff (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Howard Spitz
Genevieve Tessier Genevieve Tessier ... Samantha Kershaw
Joseph Rutten Joseph Rutten ... Lou
Amanda Donohoe ... Laura Kershaw
Kay Tremblay Kay Tremblay ... Theodora Winkle
Patrick McKenna ... Roger
Lex Gigeroff Lex Gigeroff ... Ronnie Relish
Gary Levert Gary Levert ... Red Allen
Jeffrey Hirschfield ... Lawrence - Primrose Rep (as Jeff Hirschfield)
Denny Doherty ... Balthazar Mishkin
Joanne Hagen Joanne Hagen ... Waitress
Edward Gregson Edward Gregson ... Aaron
Ciel Crosby Ciel Crosby ... Librarian (as Cathy Lee Crosby)
John Loverin John Loverin ... Bartender - Cop Bar
John Fulton John Fulton ... Ted the Cop
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Howard Spitz is a cranky, has-been detective novelist out of money and out of luck - until he meets eight-year-old Samantha, who convinces him he has what it takes to write children's books.

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Comedy

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Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Writer's Block See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After UK distributor Metrodome decided to release the film directly to video, director Vadim Jean took the unusual step of personally financing several prints himself for cinematic release. See more »

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References Cheers (1982) See more »

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a minor gem
16 February 1999 | by piotr-3See all my reviews

A very original, iconoclastic comedy about a failed pulp fiction writer (Kelsey Grammer) who tries to make it big in the kiddie book business. He enlists the help of a precocious little girl (Genevieve Tessier) and falls in love with her mother (Amanda Donohoe). Grammer and Tessier have great chemistry together, and the little moppet steals every scene she's in. An amazing mixture of odd-ball satire and warm sentimentality, this is a minor gem that seems to have fallen between the cracks of the film distribution system.


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