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Almost Heroes (1998)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Western | 29 May 1998 (USA)
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A road comedy about 2 guys whose mission is to beat Lewis and Clark.

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Christopher Guest

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Mark Nutter, Thomas R. Wolfe (as Tom Wolfe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Farley ... Bartholomew Hunt
Matthew Perry ... Leslie Edwards
Bokeem Woodbine ... Jonah
Barry Del Sherman ... Sergeant
Robert Tittor Robert Tittor ... Priest at Fort Adams
Franklin Cover ... Nicholas Burr
Patrick Cranshaw ... Jackson (as Joseph Patrick Cranshaw)
Eugene Levy ... Guy Fontenot
Lisa Barbuscia ... Shaquinna
Christian Clemenson ... Father Girard
Steven M. Porter ... Higgins
David Packer David Packer ... Bidwell
Hamilton Camp ... Pratt
Jonathan Joss ... Bent Twig
George Aguilar ... Chief Two Roads
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Explorers Bartholemew Hunt and Leslie Edwards are setting forth against nature across the country on a journey to the Pacific Ocean against rivals Lewis and Clark. Along the way they have many mishaps and misfortunes. Written by RNWebner

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Almost History... Almost Legends... Mostly Ridiculous.


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Rated PG-13 for crude humor and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost History See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,837,928, 31 May 1998

Gross USA:

$6,136,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,136,856
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elias, the shop owner that Bartholomew Hunt goes to for a bath, a shave, and a tooth removal, is loosely based on Charles Willson Peale, a painter from colonial times who also practiced taxidermy and dentistry. See more »

Goofs

Bidwell's ear is still visible on his head throughout the movie after Fontenot bites it off. See more »

Quotes

Guy Fontenot: He look in our tent! He look at my woman! He saw 'er breast.
Edwards: Her breast? You saw her breast?
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Alternate Versions

A scene featuring Edwards' sweetheart, played by Parker Posey, was cut, as was the film's original ending. The re-shot ending did not include Bokeem Woodbine, resulting in his character Jonah disappearing after the fight against the conquistadors. See more »

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Referenced in Comedy Central Presents: Frank Caliendo (2004) See more »

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Opus 71 Third Movement, String Quartet in E Flat Major, 'Andante Con Moto'
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the movie's mediocre, but Farley's performance is anything but
29 December 1999 | by Rusty-61See all my reviews

If I saw this movie with almost anyone else cast in Chris Farley's part I probably, well, would have never seen it in the first place, but if I did I would have given it a lousy review. OK, the movie itself was completely predictable and dumb (not like it was supposed to be intellectual). I think Matthew Perry had't made it to rehab yet because during certain scenes he looks too thin and pale. During others (did they toss both of the leads in rehab halfway through shooting, then continue when they were out?) he looks pretty good. In fact, if you have the hots for Perry, you should definitely see it because he was looking pretty good to me by the end of the movie, and I never thought he was all that hot before. I have a feeling the part of "Edwards" was originally meant for David Spade, but he pulled out.

We saw it opening weekend, Saturday night, and the theater had already split up the movie (and even cut the poster in half! Jerks) with another in the same part of the theater because no-one was showing up. The audience was us and maybe a dozen other Farley fans who sat silently when he wasn't onscreen, then you'd hear us all laugh at the top of our lungs scattered from various parts of the mostly empty auditorium (the laughs were scattered, not our lungs, sorry for the bad grammar) when he did or said something funny. This is not his best movie (he was obviously and sadly on his last legs, but doing his best to give his fans their money's worth)but not his worst. If you're a Farley fan, don't be scared away by the bad reviews, rent it or buy it! The scene where he has to go find an eagle's egg in the wilderness to cure his sick friend is priceless, and so is his comment when he finally brings it back and finds out which part of the egg they needed. Every single review in the media I read said something along the lines of "this is a sad legacy to be Farley's last movie, with this weak performance, blah blah" but I think he could have done a lot worse.

RIP big guy, your fans miss you.


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