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Dick (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 4 August 1999 (USA)
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Two girls wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

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Andrew Fleming
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Betsy Jobs
Michelle Williams ... Arlene Lorenzo
Dan Hedaya ... Dick
Will Ferrell ... Bob Woodward
Bruce McCulloch ... Carl Bernstein
Teri Garr ... Helen Lorenzo
Dave Foley ... Bob Haldeman
Jim Breuer ... John Dean
Ana Gasteyer ... Rose Mary Woods
Harry Shearer ... G. Gordon Liddy
Saul Rubinek ... Henry Kissinger
Devon Gummersall ... Larry Jobs
Ted McGinley ... Roderick
Ryan Reynolds ... Chip
G.D. Spradlin ... Ben Bradlee
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Comedy about two high school girls who wander off during a class trip to the White House and meet President Richard Nixon. They become the official dog walkers for Nixon's dog Checkers, and become his secret advisors during the Watergate scandal. Written by Anonymous

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The unmaking of the president See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Teri Garr (Helen Lorenzo), the mother of Michelle Williams (Arlene Lorenzo) played on an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) close to this time setting. Her character was very reminiscent of Arlene and Betsy, in being a ditz and blindly working for a political superpower during 1968, six years before the time setting of this movie. See more »

Goofs

A security guard is shown discovering the Watergate break-in. In real life, the guard was an African-American named Frank Wills. However, the actor who portrays him is Caucasian. See more »

Quotes

Arlene LorenzoBetsy Jobs: You suck, Dick!
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Crazy Credits

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD features a deleted dream sequence which apperantly happens right after Arlene burns all of her Nixon memorabilia. It basically is an extension of the first dream, with here discovering a tape recorder in Dick's back, and then dreams that he is some sort of evil being. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Nixon (1995) See more »

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Crocodile Rock
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
By Arrangement with Universal Film & TV Music
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Tricky Dick and Watergate in a refreshing light!
24 December 1999 | by dfranzen70See all my reviews

Much time has passed since the Watergate scandal of 1974. In the present day, we see so many scandals involving upper-crust politicians (including, but not limited to, the President), that we have become jaded to their importance. In 1974, though, this scandal marked the first time a president's authority and character had been publicly questioned. The two main characters are two 15-year-old girls - one the only offspring of a single mother (who is played by Teri Garr) and the other the only sister in a standard nuclear family, complete with a pothead older brother who's about to be drafted. The events of the times are swirling around these two young ladies, but we see them all through their eyes. Some of us know about the events of the early 1970s because we were there, and others of us know about them through history books or from our elders. But now we get to see these events as they pertain to two teenagers. It's interesting how the basic character of a teenager hasn't changed - these girls dismiss Watergate and Vietnam initially and are more concerned with teen idols, school, and, well, teenager stuff. Admittedly, the plot's a little contrived, but it never makes the mistake of taking itself seriously. One of the girls happens to live in the Watergate Hotel, and late one night they both innocently learn of the break-in. They subsequently get to meet many key Watergate players, including Haldemann, Liddy, Wooodward, Bernstein, Kissinger, and, of course, Nixon himself.

The most amazing thing about this script is that while nothing is really historically revised to tell the tale, the girls' characters are used to supply details of these historical events that may answer some old questions. What happened to the section that Nixon's secretary chopped from the illegal tape? Who was Deep Throat, anyway? The 'answers' to these questions will make you laugh.

As for the acting, it's absolutely perfect. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams are a real treat as the giggly, naive teenage girls. Their characters are very well-written - at no point do they do something that seems out of character. But the biggest treat of all is Dan Hedaya as Nixon. Some people can do Nixon impressions, and some ARE Nixon. Hedaya captures the feel for the ex-President, from his creepy scowl when trying to be friendly to his state of panic when the truth of the scandal finally set in. He's the best thing going in this film, and possibly should be nominated for his work.


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Official Sites:

Phoenix Pictures

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Whitby, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,210,267, 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$6,262,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,262,878
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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