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Death to Smoochy (2002)

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A kids show host, Rainbow Randolph, is fired in disgrace while his replacement, Sheldon Mopes, aka Smoochy the Rhino, finds himself a rising star. Unfortunately for Sheldon, the business of kids television isn't all child's play.

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Danny DeVito

Writer:

Adam Resnick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Rainbow Randolph
Edward Norton ... Sheldon Mopes / Smoochy the Rhino
Catherine Keener ... Nora Wells
Danny DeVito ... Burke Bennett
Jon Stewart ... Marion Frank Stokes
Pam Ferris ... Tommy Cotter
Danny Woodburn ... Angelo Pike
Michael Rispoli ... Spinner Dunn
Harvey Fierstein ... Merv Green
Vincent Schiavelli ... Buggy Ding Dong
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Husband
Judy White Judy White ... Wife
Tim MacMenamin Tim MacMenamin ... Danny
Bruce McFee Bruce McFee ... Roy
Glen Cross Glen Cross ... Jimmy
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Storyline

Fired in disgrace, kids show host Randolph Smiley finds himself out on the street, while his replacement Sheldon Mopes, finds himself on the fast track to success with a new hit show as the proud purple rhino Smoochy. But things take a turn for the worst when Sheldon finds out that some of the people that he works with, and some he doesn't know he's working for, are all in it for the money. Meanwhile, Randolph is slowly turning insane with his only thoughts focusing on killing Smoochy and getting back to his life of luxury. Written by MonkeyKingMA

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It's a kids show... with gangsters, bribery and corruption! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death to Smoochy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,266,463, 31 March 2002

Gross USA:

$8,364,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,382,938
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Williams, Pam Ferris and Danny De Vito both appeared in a film with Mara Wilson. Williams and Mara Wilson were both in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Pam Ferris and Danny De Vito appeared with Mara Wilson in Matilda (1996). See more »

Goofs

When Sheldon is given a plant as a gift, it is on his desk at first but moves to his windowsill between shots. See more »

Quotes

Buggy Ding Dong: Hey, sorry I'm late. I fell asleep at the bus station. Scuse if I smell like piss. You know how it is.
Marion Frank Stokes: God help us.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version of the movie was 1 hour and 49 minutes. The deleted scenes were being included on the DVD release. Deleted scenes on DVD includes: Angelo's Announcement: Angelo Pike making the announcement during the opening of The Rainbow Randolph Show. Sonny & Gordon & Ben Franks: Sheldon talks to Sonny and Ben. Sheldon wanted animals from Sonny for the fans of his show but, there were some issues going on. Ben offers Sheldon a bride by giving the $100 bill. Tinpan Takashi: Frank Stokes offers Merv Green to take Takashi to KidNet Studios after Smoochy being framed as a Nazi. Merv Threatens Stokes: Merv Green threatens Frank to get Takashi to replace Smoochy's time slot. Angelo and Randolph on the phone: In Times Square, Rainbow Randolph talks to Angelo that he didn't kill Spinner and wanted to go back to his apartment. Angelo told him to go to the old biscuit factory at the underground so he doesn't get caught by cops. Last Nappy Time Song: The song played during Spinner Dunn's funeral. Extended Merv Green's death scene" In the extended version of the scene, the blood splatters and passes Tommy's face and splashes to the wall. Buggy in the bathroom: Before the ice show incident, Buggy went to the bathroom, turns on the sink, sits on a toilet and takes out heroin (a.k.a. smack). Which way did he go?: Sheldon removes his ice skates and continues chasing Burke. Nora was following him. Angelo pike arrives. Tommy and the gang asks Angelo which way did Smoochy go. Boom! Boom!: Sheldon and Nora leaves the area. Burke and Frank were killed by Tommy's gang. See more »

Connections

References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel Pretty
Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Carol Lawrence
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A great comedy flawed only by too-dramatic character arcs.
14 July 2004 | by StoateSee all my reviews

I would be wrong if I said that Danny DeVito's films were made with full intent to capture the realisms of life, and it is because of his ability to portray an eccentric world (or relationship) that he is able to made the most original and entertaining characters known to film.

For example, although he didn't create the character Matilda, he was able to portray the girl with telekinetic ability in a very effective manner in the film of the same name. And also the characters in 'War of the Roses' were thoroughly over-the-top, but it was because of this that the films directed by the short man were so entertaining.

'Death to Smoochy' was no exception. It is because of the over-the-top characters that it is so funny. Edward Norton's character in particular is hilarious just because of the OTT reactions the 'atrocities' of the world draw out of him, and the overly-nice attitude he oozes.

There are other things that create humour. The lines are hilariously witty and even the facial expressions created by some of the characters give the film replay value. So IS there anything wrong with it?

I, personally, don't believe the dated storyline creates an obstruction, but I do feel that there is a problem with the dramatic character arcs. The biggest example of this is Robin Williams' character who goes, in one scene, from being ridiculously hateful, to wanting nothing more than to save his ex-arch-rival. This is where the over-the-top obstructs believability, although it doesn't do enough to make me dislike the film even partially.

The film, although flawed only by the very dramatic character arcs, is thoroughly enjoyable, and DeVito sprinkles just enough dramatic camera angles to support the extremity of the storyline. It is a rare gem, battered at the box office, but very safe in my collection of favourite DVDs.

Enjoy.

-Stoate.


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