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Dennis the Menace (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 25 June 1993 (USA)
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When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.

Director:

Nick Castle

Writers:

Hank Ketcham (characters), John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Mr. Wilson
Mason Gamble ... Dennis Mitchell
Joan Plowright ... Martha Wilson
Christopher Lloyd ... Switchblade Sam
Lea Thompson ... Alice Mitchell
Robert Stanton ... Henry Mitchell
Amy Sakasitz ... Margaret Wade
Kellen Hathaway Kellen Hathaway ... Joey
Paul Winfield ... Chief of Police
Natasha Lyonne ... Polly
Devin Ratray ... Mickey
Hank Johnston ... Gunther
Melinda Mullins Melinda Mullins ... Andrea
Billie Bird ... Edith Butterwell
Bill Erwin ... Edward Little
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Storyline

Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. Written by Brian W. Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

America's classic kid in a classic comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dennis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,331,139, 27 June 1993

Gross USA:

$51,270,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,270,765
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Stanton and Natasha Lyonne appear on Orange Is the New Black (2013). See more »

Goofs

When Mr Wilson pricks his thumb on the doorbell and gets a bucket of water poured on his head, he puts his thumb in his mouth with his elbow out and puts his arm down as the water is pouring. Then when Mickey shuts the door on him, his elbow is out again, then in the very next shot, his arm is down again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Crazy Credits

There's a scene during the credits with Dennis and Andrea, at his mum's work. See more »

Connections

Remake of Dennis the Menace (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Whatcha Know Joe
Written by James Young (as James Oliver Young)
Performed by Jo Stafford
Courtesy of Rod McKuen/Stanyan Records
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Better than I expected
9 July 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

With John Hughes writing the script for yet another family movie, I expected something stupid. Actually, it was much better than I expected. Mason Gamble and Walter Matthau are excellent in their roles, and John Hughes wrote their characters both true to the comic and believable in live action. There are a number of heartwarming and touching scenes as well.

Two things severely hurt this movie, however:

(1) The HOME ALONE slapstick gags. Not only am I tired of this, but seeing them applied to an elderly man make them very disturbing.

(2) The Switchblade Sam character. He's extremely psychotic, and doesn't fit in the general tone of the movie. He's so vicious, he actually tries to murder Dennis at one point! (i thought this was a family movie!)


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