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The Right Connections (1997)

Upon learning that their mother owes $5,000 to the IRS, a quartet of siblings endeavor to find a way to scare up the cash. Three of them decide to sign up for a local hip-hop contest. ... See full summary »


Chuck Vinson


Paul Bernbaum
2 wins. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Melanie Cambridge (as Melissa Hart)
M.C. Hammer ... Kendrick Bragg (as MC Hammer)
Elizabeth Hart Elizabeth Hart ... Jamie Tompkins
Brian Hart Brian Hart ... Chase Tompkins
Emily Hart ... Marnie Tompkins
Alexandra Hart-Gilliams Alexandra Hart-Gilliams ... Kaila Tompkins
Belinda Metz ... Gail Tompkins
Meshach Taylor ... Lionel Clark
Scott Vickaryous ... Eric Landau
Bill Switzer ... Gary Fleming
Christopher Lovick ... Peter Lake (as Chris Lovick)
Chad Dormer Chad Dormer ... Josh Stevens
Jano Frandsen Jano Frandsen ... Anthony Springer
JR Bourne ... Douglas Freeman
Biski Gugushe ... Blake Ingram


Upon learning that their mother owes $5,000 to the IRS, a quartet of siblings endeavor to find a way to scare up the cash. Three of them decide to sign up for a local hip-hop contest. Unfortunately the trio really stinks. Fortunately, the youngest would-be singer meets up with ex-rap star Kendrick Bragg (AKA Kick'nBak Flash, played by Hammer/AKAStanley Kirk Burrell). A kindly fellow, he decides to help them out. But with their lack of talent and less than a week to go, things look grim until the group is able to convince their reluctant fourth sibling (the one with real talent) to pitch in for their mama and do his stuff on stage. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


These kids need to win a hip-hop contest to help their mom. But they don't need a coach, they need a miracle!


Drama | Family | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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USA | Canada



Release Date:

15 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boas Relações See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Alphacine)
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Connecting your kids to this movie should keep them entertained for a couple of hours
23 April 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

A single mother with four children is fired from her job. As she was struggling to make ends meet, she decides that the best thing to do would be to return to school and finish her degree. Financially, she thinks they can swing it. However, the kids get the mail one day and realize they have a $5,000 bill from the IRS, a gift from their runaway father. Keeping this news quiet from their mother, the foursome try to raise money for the payment. They babysit, walk dogs, mow lawns, and run a lemonade stand but only gain about $100. Then, on the radio, they hear that a hip-hop contest will be held soon and the winner will net, you guessed it, $5,000. Can these kids, with the help of a faded star (MC Hammer), win the darn thing? This is a sweet family movie. The kids are very cute, especially the littlest one, and their aspirations to help their mother are very commendable. That said, it really is a stretch to believe these children could actually win a hip-hop musical event against a bevy of skilled and practiced musicians. But, hey, its only a movie. Hammer is quite nice as the faded star who opens his heart to the kids and Melissa Joan Hart stops by now and then to lend her support as a caring cabbie. No, this is not Oscar-caliber cinema. However, if your kids love music, this film will entertain them for a couple of hours. Connecting kids to a movie with good messages about trying hard and caring for others will never grow old.

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