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The Kid (2000)

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An unhappy and disliked image consultant gets a second shot at life when he is mysteriously confronted by an eight-year-old version of himself.

Director:

Jon Turteltaub

Writer:

Audrey Wells
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Russ Duritz
Spencer Breslin ... Rusty Duritz
Emily Mortimer ... Amy
Lily Tomlin ... Janet
Jean Smart ... Deirdre Lafever
Chi McBride ... Kenny
Daniel von Bargen ... Sam Duritz (as Daniel Von Bargen)
Dana Ivey ... Dr. Alexander
Susan Dalian ... Giselle
Stanley Anderson ... Bob Riley
Juanita Moore ... Kenny's Grandmother
Esther Scott ... Clarissa
Deborah May ... Governor
Vernee Watson ... Newsstand Cashier (as Vernee Watson Johnson)
Jan Hoag ... Newsstand Tourist
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Storyline

Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy L.A. image consultant, but as he nears 40, he's cynical, dogless, chickless, estranged from his father (Daniel von Bargen), and he has no memories of his childhood. One night he surprises an intruder (Spencer Breslin), who turns out to be a kid, almost 8 years old. There's something oddly familiar about the chubby lad, whose name is Rusty. The boy's identity sparks a journey into Russ's past that the two of them take - to find the key moment that has defined who Russ is. Two long-suffering women look on with disbelief: Russ's secretary, Janet(Lily Tomlin), and his assistant, the lovely Amy, to whom Rusty takes a shine. What, and who, is at the end of this journey? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Nobody ever grows up quite like they imagined.

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Disney's The Kid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,687,726, 9 July 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,691,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,317,580
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Goldsmith was the original composer for the film. He wrote music for the film before it was shot, and this music was then used as a temporary score during editing, and for test screenings. He spoke about this at the Director's Guild at the time. He said this was the first time he had ever done this. Unfortunately, he never got to do the final music for the finished film, and was replaced as the composer. See more »

Goofs

Russ and Rusty are supposed to be the same person however Bruce Willis (Russ) is left handed while Spencer Breslin (Rusty) is right handed. This is especially noticeable when Russ and Rusty are playing cards on the balcony but can also be seen when the characters are doing other things such as eating. See more »

Quotes

Russ Duritz: Toshiya, let me ask you something. If you get called a jerk four times in a single day, does that make it true?
Amy: What, only four? Did you get up late?
Russ Duritz: Excuse me, I'm asking Toshiya.
Toshia: Four times is a pattern. It have to be five times to be a fact.
Russ Duritz: Thank you. See? There's hope after all.
Amy: Jerk.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie there is an explanation for why the moon appears orange when it rises. This is a reference to a question posed to Russ Duritz by his 8-yr.-old alter ego, which Russ later asks his assistant to check on. See more »

Connections

Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Western Epic - Take Seven
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Charlotte Georg
Courtesy of OGM Music
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A Kid's Movie For People in Their 40s
23 June 2000 | by mintonmediaSee all my reviews

The surprise is not how good this film turns out to be. With Willis coming off of "Sixth Sense" and Jean Smart and writer Audrey Wells following up on the underappreciated "Guinevere", I suspected there just might be something going on here. The surprise is how what is being pushed as a Disney kid's film is actually a funny, moving and rather mature fable about losing touch with the child you were and the adult you wanted to be. The kids in the audience were restless. The parents were laughing...and a few even sniffling. Not a great film, but a darn good one, with a message that will probably go over the heads of anyone under 30.


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