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Mr. Deeds (2002)

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A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.

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Steven Brill

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Clarence Budington Kelland (short story "Opera Hat"), Robert Riskin (film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Longfellow Deeds
Winona Ryder ... Babe Bennett
John Turturro ... Emilio Lopez
Allen Covert ... Marty
Peter Gallagher ... Chuck Cedar
Jared Harris ... Mac McGrath
Erick Avari ... Cecil Anderson
Peter Dante ... Murph
Conchata Ferrell ... Jan
Harve Presnell ... Preston Blake
Steve Buscemi ... Crazy Eyes
Blake Clark ... Buddy Ward, Kevin's Father
John McEnroe ... John McEnroe
J.B. Smoove ... Reuben
Tom McNulty Tom McNulty ... Red Parka Man
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Storyline

When Longfellow Deeds, a small-town pizzeria owner and poet, inherits $40 billion from his deceased uncle, he quickly begins rolling in a different kind of dough. Moving to the big city, Deeds finds himself besieged by opportunists all gunning for their piece of the pie. Babe, a television tabloid reporter, poses as an innocent small-town girl to do an exposé on Deeds. Of course, Deeds' sincere naiveté has Babe falling in love with him instead. Ultimately, Deeds comes to find that money truly has the power to change things, but it doesn't necessarily need to change him. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Small town kid, big time right hook See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and some rear nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deeds See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,162,787, 30 June 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,293,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,269,535
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The main helicopter used in the film is a Sikorsky S-92. At the time of production, the S-92 wasn't FAA certified, and didn't have much of an interior. No cast or film crew were allowed on board during operation, and all interior shots had to be faked. See more »

Goofs

When Deeds is giving his speech at the end of the movie the microphone on the far right keeps moving from side to side between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Preston Blake: I'm gonna get to the top of Everest, if it's the last thing I do!
[cut to his frozen but triumphant body clinging to the summit of Mount Everest]
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 February 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetest Thing
Music: U2
Lyric: Bono & The Edge
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not quite the worst movie ever made...
20 July 2004 | by kielbasa76See all my reviews

...but it felt like torture watching this thing. Now, I admit, I'm not a very big Sandler fan. Honestly, I don't know how he became the cash cow he is in Hollywood. But seeing him on talk shows and having been blown away by Punch Drunk Love, I tend to think there actually is something going on beneath the goofy, lovable frat-boy veneer. But good luck trying to find it in this movie.

I don't want to get too critical here--the real reason I had to write this is that the person before me wrote six or seven paragraphs on this movie and I was dumbfounded--this movie isn't even worth that much effort. It is so poorly made, from the acting (Turturro an exception as always)to the flat, lifeless cinematography. I really hate the way both Steven Brill and Peter Segal shoot their movies--completely unimaginative and frustratingly boring.

I'm sure they keep a fun and lively set going but come on, the images in front of me need some life too. This movie was at times painful to watch--as I do like Winona Ryder and most all the actors involved in this. But it almost seemed like stunt casting (let's get some great actors from independent movies [inexpensive] and give them nothing to do but act out poorly devised stereotypical roles that are supposed to hark back to Capra films)--none of the actors seemed comfortable, especially Winona... ugh...

You have talent Adam, don't be afraid to loosen your creative control and get a decent writer and/or director every once in a while to remind folks.


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