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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.

Director:

Danny DeVito

Writer:

Adam Resnick
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Get ready for an unexpected hit. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smoochy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,266,463, 31 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,355,815, 5 May 2002
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ice skating stunts at the end of the movie were choreographed and skated by Canadian skater Elvis Stojko. See more »

Goofs

The bread in the restaurant scene between Sheldon and Burke keeps changing between shots (position toward camera and number of slices - 5 to 4 and back to 5). See more »

Quotes

[Randolf is pinned by Sheldon]
Randolph: Nooo! You're to close to the fire - the flames are driving me maaaaaad!
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Alternate Versions

When the movie premiered on several channels such as ABC, TBS, Comedy Central or NBC, all the sexual references, offensive scenes and profanity were edited out, except other words like "damn" and "hell". The TV edited version of the film was rated TV-PG-L for mild language. 1. The Cookie Rocket Ship scene was completely removed, because of the use of the cookie that is shaped like a penis. 2. The Nazi parts (especially the Neo-Nazi Rally scene) were removed, because it was felt that it would be offensive towards Germans. 3. After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the North tower of the World Trade Center was digitally removed in the part where Rainbow Randolph was dancing on the small bench in Duane Park in Duane Street in Lower Manhattan. The North tower was still intact in the original film. 4. The part where Nora flips off Sheldon was omitted. 5. The scenes where Nora having sex with Sheldon in the changing room at KidNet Studios were removed completely. 6. In the conversation scene between Randolph and Frank Stokes in the car, the masturbating noise was muted. 7. The part where Randolph spills hot water on himself was removed, due to him saying that his balls were on fire. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Best of 02/20-02/24, 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Written by Gary Jackson, Raynard Miner and Carl Smith
Performed by Jackie Wilson
Courtesy of Brunswick Record Corporation
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Smart, subtle and smooth(-chy)
19 January 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

It figures that Death to Smoochy didn't get too much advertisement and recommendations...it handles about a sensible and often occurring topic. Entertainment programs for children that are turned into big business, rules and controlled by people who don't care about anything but money, fame and commercializing. Death to Smootch shows how it's perfectly possible to cover up a world of bribery, fraud and blackmail behind the curtains of a colorful and jolly kid-show. Edward Nortons stars as Smoochy the Rhino. His character is dragged head over heals into the business when old-timer Rainbow Randolph is convicted of illegal actions. Smoochy is a pure character and his only intentions are to educate children and enlighten them with some important values of life, but he soon gets faced with the facts that the producers don't care about this at all. Death to Smoochy really succeeds in critisizing the greed in the media-business and manages to portray the producers and sponsors as a real bunch of vultures. It also gives a good image of the downward spiral of insanity someone is going through when he's borne down on the lee shore. Certainly recommended for the intriguing story and surrounding but in the very first place, for the brilliant characters that are involved in this story. The Irish mobsters impress and entertain the most...The sequences where they're "taking care of everything" are the funniest parts in this movie. Director DeVito (his fifth movie as a director and maybe the best of them all) cast himself terrifically as the greedy shorty who introduces himself as the new impresario. Jon Stewart's character is memorable because he has the dorkiest haircut I've ever seen. And then there's Edward Norton of course...needless to say that he's a very solid actor who acts like a true professional, no matter if the production is huge or not. Give Death to Smoochy a watch...it'll certainly be one of the most sparklingly satires you'll ever see.


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