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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References L.A. Law (1986) See more »

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A feel good movie, funny...
15 March 1999 | by Spider-36See all my reviews

I first watched this movie on an airplane that was flying to London. That's when I fell in love with this movie. Then a few months later, when I had the chance, I rented it on video. I fell even more in love with it. It's a feel good movie, it's funny, and you don't feel as if you've just watch some Olsen twin movie or something. Genevive Tessier, who plays Sam, is the most darling little girl I've ever seen. Kelsey Grammer plays one of his best roles yet. If you don't see any other movie, see this one. It'll have you laughing out loud and it'll make you feel good too. Take my word for it.


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