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Dudley Do-Right (1999)

Inept Canadian mountie Dudley Do-Right chases after villian Snidely Whiplash and woos girlfriend Nell Fenwick.

Director:

Hugh Wilson

Writers:

Jay Ward (characters), Hugh Wilson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Dudley Do-Right
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Nell Fenwick
Alfred Molina ... Snidely Whiplash
Eric Idle ... Prospector
Robert Prosky ... Inspector Fenwick
Alex Rocco ... Chief
Jack Kehler ... Howard
Louis Mustillo ... Standing Room Only
Don Yesso ... Kenneth
Jed Rees ... Lavar
Brant von Hoffman ... Barry (as Brant von Hoffmann)
Corey Burton ... The Announcer (voice)
Dyllan Christopher ... Young Dudley
Ashley Yarman Ashley Yarman ... Young Nell
Jeremy Bergman Jeremy Bergman ... Young Snidely
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Storyline

Based on the 60's-era cartoon of the same name. Royal Canadian Mountie Dudley Do-right is busy keeping the peace in his small mountain town when his old rival, Snidely Whiplash, comes up with a plot to buy all the property in town, then start a phony gold rush by seeding the river with nuggets. Can this well-meaning (though completely incompetent) Mountie stop Whiplash's evil plan? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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From the creator of "George of the Jungle" comes a new kind of hero.

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild comic action violence, and for brief language and innuendo | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dudley de la montaña See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,018,345, 29 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,694,105, 3 October 1999
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Corey Burton narrated the movie by doing an imitation of Paul Frees who narrated some of the original Dudley Do-Right cartoons. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie, an ice cream cone is rubbed into young Dudley's hair. In the next shot, his hair is clean. See more »

Quotes

Snidely K. 'Whip' Whiplash: [referring to the letters 'D.D.' being shot into the wall with bullets] Do you have any idea what this could possibly mean?
Lavar: Doris Day. Just a guess.
Shane: [thinks long and hard] Dom Deluise.
Kenneth: Daniel Day-Lewis.
In the Way Back: Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Another Bad Guy: Daphne du Maurier.
Snidely K. 'Whip' Whiplash: Oh, shut up.
In The Back: Doc Duvalier.
Lefty: David Duchovny?
In The Back: Delores Del Rio.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Jack Kehler is erroneously credited as "Howard"; his character's name is actually "Homer". See more »

Connections

Spoofs Live with Kelly and Ryan (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Indian Love Call
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Rudolf Friml, Otto A. Harbach (as Otto Harbach)
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Didn't the directors ever see a Dudley cartoon?
7 October 2001 | by -611See all my reviews

Who started this trend of turning '60s cartoons into new live action? I'd say Spielberg with The Flintstones. That one, at least, worked. But it was, sadly, the camel's nose under the tent.

Did Hugh Wilson even WATCH any Dudley Do-Right cartoons as a kid? Did he rent videos or catch the Cartoon Channel? None of that shows.

The classic scene of the cartoon, Snidely tying Nell to the tracks ... is STILL a cartoon here. They didn't even try to render the credits it in live action as with The Flintstones.

Dudley, a blonde in the cartoon, was a brunette actor. He smiles a lot, has a big hero's chin, and is sort of dim but not such a stumblebum.

And Nell, a redhead in the cartoon, was a blonde actress. But wait ... Sarah Jessica Parker isn't REALLY blonde. She had to color her hair or wear a wig and STILL got it wrong.

Nell in the cartoon was content to live at the camp. But she was NOT stuck between Dudley and Snidely. Rather, she was stuck on HORSE!! And what happened to Horse's Mountie shirt and hat? This one in the movie was just a regular saddled horse.

Inspector Fenwick in the cartoon is the camp commandant, a fist-pounding boss, not a soft-spoken retiree. And he wears the red uniform, just like Dudley. Was Hugh Wilson being "accurate" by having someone of the inspector's rank wear black? Why bother being accurate on this obscure point if you can't get the obvious things right?

The real Snidely Whiplash has green skin. I forgive Alfred Molina for not donning greasepaint through the film. But at least we get a scene of him with a green face in the mudbath. Snidely is the ONLY character they got right.

Other problems: The cartoon very obviously took place during the Klondike or Yukon Gold Rush days. The player-piano score gave it away. We;re talking late 19th century. They would NOT have helicopters, cars, tanks, etc.

I remember, back in the '60s, the trend was the turn our beloved live-action heroes into cartoons and see them REALLY soar. Gone were the expenses of having to string George Reeves up on wires to have Superman fly. Now we could see Superman really fly and take on actual comic-book supervillains instead of always gangsters. And we got the Lone Ranger, Batman and eventually Star Trek in toon form and they all worked by doing things that would have been way too expensive in live action.

Don't any of the directors remember that these cartoons were made for a reason? Too expensive to film live!

Spielberg made The Flintstones work as nostalgia because he has the cash to be exacting in detail. For Hugh Wilson and all the rest, the lesson is simple: Watch the cartoon, note recurring themes, and most of all, don't do the show if you ain't got the dough!


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