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Action Family (1986)

At work, Chris is a hardboiled no-nonsense detective who's investigating a series of brutal murders of jazz musicians. At home, he's a family man straight out of sitcom who has to satisfy every whim of his wife and kids.

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Gary Weis

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Chris Elliott (story), Sandy Frank (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chance Bassett Chance Bassett ... Cindy
Jimmy Butts Jimmy Butts ... No Brain
Eyde Byrde Eyde Byrde ... Peggy
George Ede George Ede ... Blocker
Chris Elliott ... Chris
Seth Green ... Danny Elliot
Beth Holland Beth Holland ... Shirley
Gary Howard Klar Gary Howard Klar ... Zack (as Gary Klar)
Lucy Landau Lucy Landau ... Aunt Lucy
Gina Martin Gina Martin ... Melissa
Antonia Rey ... Mrs. Diaz
Bob Elliott ... The Vendor
David Letterman ... Himself
Joseph Amodei Joseph Amodei ... Owen
Chuck Cooper ... Cop
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At work, Chris is a hardboiled no-nonsense detective who's investigating a series of brutal murders of jazz musicians. At home, he's a family man straight out of sitcom who has to satisfy every whim of his wife and kids.

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English

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1986 (USA) See more »

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Color
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Very very funny (if you like Chris Elliott)
10 December 2005 | by cortezjaggerSee all my reviews

My roommate and I rented this on video about 10 years ago at an indie video store in Minneapolis, MN., and I thought this was a great early nugget showcasing Chris Elliott's "annoying but hilarious" persona... If it surfaces on DVD or cable TV this is worth a spin just for David Letterman's blistering cameo where he ball busts Chris at a stop light. There is also a delicious lampooning of both British TV (it's shot on film for outdoor scenes and video live before a studio audience with a laugh track allowing Elliott to jump between the two mediums) and makes fun of the Partridge Family (the family is also a band). Plus there is a dream sequence where President Abe Lincoln spanks a crying Chris Elliott (Lincoln also shows up again in "FDR, A One Man Show"). Worth ferreting this one out if you're a fan of this brand of humor...


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