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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rainbow Randolph
... Sheldon Mopes / Smoochy the Rhino
... Nora Wells
... Burke Bennett
... Marion Frank Stokes
... Tommy Cotter
... Angelo Pike
... Spinner Dunn
... Merv Green
... Buggy Ding Dong
Craig Eldridge ... Husband
Judy White ... Wife
Tim MacMenamin ... Danny
Bruce McFee ... Roy
Glen Cross ... Jimmy
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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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He's Big, He's Blue, He's Smoochy... and He's got to DIE! See more »


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

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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Smoochy  »

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$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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1.85 : 1
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When hosting The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006), Jon Stewart mentioned this movie as one of his few acting jobs. He said "Welcome to the Seventy-Eighth Annual Academy Awards... hosted by me... the fourth male lead in "Death To Smoochy". Rent it." See more »

Goofs

Sheldon is arrested at the Nazi Party in New Jersey, but booked at a NYPD station which is in a different state. See more »

Quotes

Sheldon: You work for Kidnet? Are you serious?
Nora: As a heart attack.
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Connections

Features Cabaret (1972) See more »

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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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Hillarious dark comedy
29 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is a dark comedy directed by Danny DeVito about the cut throat world of children's television. In this film, a popular children's show host (Robin Williams, more madcap than he's been in ages) gets caught taking a bribe and is fired, being replaced by the squeaky clean Smoochy the Rhino (Edward Norton, who is excellent in the role). Of course the former host wants his job back and sets out to "get" Smoochy... Of course everything but the kitchen sink gets thrown into the plot from organized crime to Nazis.. and everything is hillarious. A very dark film that is rated "R" for language, this film is bound to be somewhat controversal as some may be offended by the language and view of childrens programming portrayed here, but if you have an open mind going in the film is drop dead funny.. It does tend to drag a tad in the midsection as a subplot about a disabled former boxer gets tacked on, but the film is very entertaining and worth catching at the theatre. GRADE: A-


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