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Private Parts (1997)

The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.

Director:

Betty Thomas

Writers:

Howard Stern (book), Len Blum (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Stern ... Himself
Robin Quivers ... Robin Quivers
Mary McCormack ... Alison Stern
Fred Norris ... Fred Norris
Paul Giamatti ... Kenny
Gary Dell'Abate ... Gary Dell'Abate
Jackie Martling ... Jackie Martling
Carol Alt ... Gloria
Richard Portnow ... Ben Stern
Kelly Bishop ... Ray Stern
Henry Goodman ... Moti
Jonathan Hadary ... Griff
Paul Hecht Paul Hecht ... Ross Buckingham
Allison Janney ... Dee Dee
Michael Murphy ... Roger Erlick
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Storyline

Having always wanted to be a disc-jockey, Howard Stern works his way painfully from radio at his 1970's college to a Detroit station. It is with a move to Washington that he hits on an outrageous off-the-wall style that catches audience attention. Despite his on-air blue talk, at home he is a loving husband. He needs all the support he can get when he joins NBC in New York and comes up against a very different vision of radio. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Never before has a man done so much with so little. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, nudity and crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Parts See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,616,333, 9 March 1997

Gross USA:

$41,230,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,230,799
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jeff Goldblum was originally considered to play Howard. See more »

Goofs

When Howard is taking Brittany Fairchild to the movie premiere in 1979 you can see a poster for Friday the 13th Part 2 at the theater, which was not released until 1981. See more »

Quotes

Ben Stern: I told you not to be stupid, you moron.
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Crazy Credits

Closing disclaimer: This motion picture is based, in part, upon actual events, persons and companies. However, numerous of the characters, incidents and companies portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious. See more »

Alternate Versions

A leaked workprint version is available for sale on the internet which features deleted scenes, alternate takes, and different music. It also has a completely different voiceover narration by Howard Stern throughout. Major differences include:
  • John Stamos kneels and grabs "Fartman"'s behind recreating what 'Luke Perry' did in real life.
  • Camille Grammer takes off her bikini top after she initially refuses.
  • A much longer shot of Howard imagining Gloria in her bra. Her breasts do not enlarge in this version.
  • Instead of Howard doing a goofy dance to Ramones' "Pinhead", he does a bad reading of a sponsor's commercial.
  • Howard goes to Allison's job and tells her that they are moving to Hartford. In the film, a clip of this scene is shown as being Allison's new job in Hartford.
  • Gary Dell'Abate's vignettes with Crackhead Bob and Nicole Bass are not included.
  • Howard is shown hiding his wet underwear under his car's seat. This explains how Allison finds them there.
  • Howard performs a different poem as "Mama Look A Boo Boo Day".
  • Howard tries to record a bit in his Detroit apartment then a bullet comes through his wall.
  • The entire montage of Howard alone in Detroit set to Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" does not appear.
  • Howard calls Allison and begs her to come to Detroit. This is shown very briefly during the montage in the film.
  • Howard stages a rally in which he gets women to burn their bras.
  • Gary's vignette in Washington, D.C. is not included.
  • A much shorter version of Howard and Robin's first show together.
  • Robin Quivers's interview is not included.
  • The montage of Howard in the streets of Washington, D.C. set to Van Halen's "You Really Got Me" is not included.
  • A longer version of the lesbian sex story in which they are both topless.
  • Howard, Robin, and Fred run from a mob of adoring fans.
  • The meeting at NBC Headquarters in which they discuss hiring Howard is not included.
  • Kim Chan's appearance as a waiter is not included.
  • The vignette with Gary and a donkey is not included.
  • During his victory rally, Howard encourages the crowd put up their middle fingers and yell "Screw NBC!"
  • Howard and the gang announce a segment called "Bestiality Dial-A-Date" which offends a group of elderly stockholders listening to the show. The stockholders call Erlick who then calls Vallesecca. As Howard is leaving the studio, Vallesecca fires Howard and has security escort him out of the building. A clip of this was shown in the trailer.
  • A video montage in which Howard describes what happened to him and his show after he was fired. This leads to the scene of Howard falling at the Oscars which turns out to be Howard's nightmare.
  • John Melendez's scene is not included.
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Connections

Featured in Saturday Night Live: Alec Baldwin/Tina Turner (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing
Written by Paul Francis Webster & Sammy Fain
Performed by The Four Aces
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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This could have been so bad: instead, it's a masterpiece
24 January 2007 | by jgmcghieSee all my reviews

I SO enjoyed this movie.

I watched this movie without realizing until close to the end that Howard Stern was playing himself.

I was a radio announcer myself, during the period when Stern got going. This movie has the 'feel' of reality to it. I recognized so many of the people I worked with in this movie. Every radio station has some of them. The studios of the period were just like this.

Of course, this movie was severely compressed in time and space. Radio is like warfare: lengthy periods of utter boredom punctuated by periods of pure panic. We don't need to see the slow bits. Each hour of on-air radio presentation requires something like three hours of preparation: we don't see the hard work that goes into such a show.

We do see a very funny and entertaining movie. Don't forget, I was in the industry at the time this all happened: and this one feels 'real' to me.

Many autobiographical pieces by "stars" turn into awful sycophantic schmaltz-fests. This one didn't. It could have been awful. Most of this kind are. This one... is excellent.

And if you've never worked in broadcasting -- it's still very funny!


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