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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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Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Although this movie is supposed to take place during the hottest week of the summer, it poured rain for 11 of the 27 shooting days. 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

Don't Say You Care
Written by Eleni Mandell
Performed by Eleni Mandell
Published by Miss Eleni Music (BMI)
Produced by Terry Gilkyson
Mixed by Brian Kehew at OFR Studios
Licensed courtesy Zedtone Records
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OK family drama about how life changes...
9 April 2006 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 4/8/2006 - 5 out of 10 (Dir-John Schultz): OK family drama about how life changes when a traveling sideshow exhibitionist enters Granger, Texas displaying possibly the fattest boy ever, Zachary Beaver. The changes don't come because of Zachary but instead they just happened to occur when he enters town. One family breaks apart when the mother leaves to become a country singer. Another family has a member go into the Army, and Zachary's partner and legal guardian disappears. At this point, Toby from the 1st family, and Cal from the 2nd try to get to know Zachary. First as a joke and later more seriously because of their own personal losses. We get to see Toby try to grow up despite not being in the best of circumstances and as things get worse he tries to escape but obviously can't. An interesting story with inconsistent acting and direction makes for a so-so experience in what could have been a much better movie. Attempts are made to pull at our heartstrings but even Sasha Neulinger's appealing portrayal of Zachary can't help the movie from falling a little flat.


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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
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