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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (2003)

Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.

Director:

John Schultz

Writers:

John Schultz (written for the screen by), Kimberly Willis Holt (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Lipnicki ... Toby
Cody Linley ... Cal
Jesse Pennington Jesse Pennington ... Wayne
Jane Krakowski ... Heather
Eric Stoltz ... Otto
Kevin Corrigan ... Paulie (as Kevin Fitzgerald Corrigan)
Sarah Whalen Sarah Whalen ... Sally in the Pick-up
Louanne Stephens ... Earline
Hudson Lee Long Hudson Lee Long ... Wylie Womack (as Hudson Long)
Lou Perryman Lou Perryman ... Ferris
Brady Coleman ... Sheriff
Kathleen Lancaster Kathleen Lancaster ... Kate McKnight
Amanda Alch ... Scarlet
Joanna McCray ... Tara
David Little David Little ... Thoughtful farmer
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Zachary Beaver, a sideshow attraction known as the world's fattest boy, arrives in the sleepy town of Granger, Texas.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A pufi bölcs See more »

Filming Locations:

Coupland, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Revere Pictures, Zachary See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Shooting started on 23 September 2002 and wrapped up by 04 November 2002. However, the film wasn't released until 2005 as it spent much of 2003 and 2004 on the film festival circuit. See more »

Goofs

When Kate is walking to Toby and Cal to take a picture of them at Zachary's trailer, you can briefly see dolly tracks on the gravel. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #36.4 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Nozze Di Figaro
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by St. Petersburg Festival Symphony Orchestra
Provided by Megatrax Production Music / Unlimited Classics
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Ward, I Think There's Something Wrong with the Beaver
18 January 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Twelve-year-old Texas friends Jonathan Lipnicki (as Toby Wilson) and Cody Linley (as Cal McKnight) react like you might expect when "World's Fattest Boy," 443-pound Sasha Neulinger (as Zachary Beaver), comes to visit their Texas town. There are guffaws, groans, and grins - but, the three lads become pals. Mr. Lipnicki's mother leaves town to become a country music star, Mr. Linley's older brother joins the army, Mr. Neulinger's guardian disappears, and the three lads learn how friendship can help heal loss...

Based on an award-winning children's novel by Kimberly Willis Holt, "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town" gets lost in the translation to motion picture. You can tell, however, there was a good story somewhere. The best storyline involves Linley's war-bound brother. The worst is may be Neulinger's baptism with a fat suit. There are intriguing but unrealized possibilities in wayward characters, like Lipnicki's mother (Jane Krakowski) and Neulinger's guardian (Kevin Corrigan). The book had to be better.

**** When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (10/9/03) John Schultz ~ Jonathan Lipnicki, Cody Linley, Sasha Neulinger, Eric Stoltz


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