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


Steven Brill


Clarence Budington Kelland (short story "Opera Hat"), Robert Riskin (film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town) | 1 more credit »
4,055 ( 77)
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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Small town kid, big time right hook See more »


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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Did You Know?


DIRECTOR CAMEO (Steven Brill): The violinist at Madison Square Garden. See more »


The hidden camera on Pam's sweater keeps disappearing/reappearing throughout the scene before the cat rescue. Also, while trying to capture the rescue on film, Pam indicates that it is in the flower, when in fact it was shown in the middle of her collar in earlier shots. See more »


[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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Alternate Versions

DVD release contains six deleted scenes and an outtake reel. See more »


References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


Written by Fran Healy (as Francis Healy)
Performed by Travis
Courtesy of Epic Records/ Independiente/SINE, a division of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An insincere, cloying, basic and pointless remake
4 August 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When 82 year old business magnate Preston Blake dies while attempting to scale Everest, he leaves behind billions of dollars in shares, ownership of his media empire but no family and no will. Investigations reveal he has a nephew (Longfellow Deeds) who, by default, will inherit the lot. Chuck Cedar and Cecil Anderson set out to be the first to bring Deeds back to New York to get him to sign the company over to them and the board. Deeds is perhaps a bit out of his depth but determined to keep his small town roots and morals even as company execs and media vultures try to take advantage of him.

If you are making a feel good film and have a script that relies on you feeling for the little guy then it is probably a bit of a risk to cast Adam Sadler in the lead role considering how he tends to, well, polarise opinion in his audience. Not to put too fine a point on it but I'm not a massive Sadler fan and for me the establishing scenes where he is laid out as a regular nice guy fell flat because he comes over like an annoying and unconvincing person. The point is he has a heart of gold and doesn't go for all that big city business, insincerity and intelligence stuff. As he sees New York his adventure is a collection of scenes with him dispensing small town wisdom, slapping people who step out of line, getting drunk and so on. It is very basic stuff and sadly it says a lot about the audience that the makers were aiming for, or rather what the makers thing of us – they think that we think that "good" people are just working Joe's who get drunk, smoke, egging cars and so on and look down on society types. As a result of aiming for this low level, the film is as basic as you like and although it is occasionally amusing it is terribly insincere from start to finish. Those who cannot see the narrative arch from about the first two minutes well, I suppose you are the people that the film is aimed at (no offence).

I didn't really expect any better from this but I was still quite bothered by how simplistic, insincere and inane the whole thing is. Sadler matches the film by producing all the same characteristics in his performance. The people who love his dumb "man-child" stuff will love him here but understandably the majority of viewers will find him annoying and grating. He is well supported by all sorts of people who are served by the material in a variety of ways. Turturro is excellent and sneaks his way into stealing every scene he is in. Ryder is basic but appealing. Covert, Gallagher, Harris and Avari all draw the odd laugh but generally are just mugging their way through.

Overall this is a very basic comedy that drew maybe two laughs from me and constantly aims for the lowest common denominator in terms of comedy and settles for cloying insincerity in place of a plot. It is dumb stuff that assumes that you and I (the viewers) are dumb too. If you can get past that offence then there sadly isn't a lot of fun or laughter to be had anyway. A pointless remake of a much better film.

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Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,162,787, 30 June 2002

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