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Dick

4.8 5
Director: Andrew Fleming, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Jim Breuer

Cast: Andrew Fleming, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Jim Breuer

 

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The mystery of the 18-minute-gap in Richard Nixon's White House tapes -- and how it connects to the previously undocumented involvement of two teenage girls in the Watergate scandal -- is the subject of this political comedy. Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are high school students and best friends living in Washington D.C. in 1972.

Overview

The mystery of the 18-minute-gap in Richard Nixon's White House tapes -- and how it connects to the previously undocumented involvement of two teenage girls in the Watergate scandal -- is the subject of this political comedy. Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are high school students and best friends living in Washington D.C. in 1972. Betsy is pretty and popular, while Arlene is cute but a bit awkward. Arlene is obsessed with singing star Bobby Sherman, but that comes to a halt when she and Betsy get lost during a school field trip to the White House. A chance encounter with Checkers the dog leads to the girls meeting President Richard M. Nixon himself (Dan Hedaya). In Nixon, Arlene sees a strong, caring man who loves his dog, and she soon develops a furious crush on the president; Betsy is puzzled but remains supportive. Arlene's devotion to the president is rewarded when she and Betsy are named official White House dog walkers; however, when Arlene and Betsy discover that Nixon has a foul mouth and a short temper and, worst of all, kicks his dog, they realize that the President is not all he appears to be. And when they overhear Nixon ranting about Bob Woodward (Will Ferrell) and Carl Bernstein (Bruce McCulloch), a pair of reporters from The Washington Post looking for dirt on the President, Arlene and Betsy decide that they're happy to help. Dick also features Dave Foley as Bob Haldeman, Harry Shearer as G. Gordon Liddy, and Ana Gasteyer as Rosemary Woods.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
Pushing adolescent japes into the unfamiliar corridors of power of Washington, D.C., Dick raises the bar for both political satires and teen movies. Powered by a simple premise, an outrageous script, and energetic performances, Dick spins the tale of two young and innocent Washington teens -- Betsy (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene (Michelle Williams from Dawson's Creek) -- who become President Nixon's official dog walkers and stumble into the Watergate scandal. The duo exude an infectious, almost hysterical teen vibe as they obsess about "Dick." And when Arlene develops a crush on the crusty president (played with canny verve by Dan Hedaya), it sets up a truly hilarious explanation for the infamous 18-minute blackout on Nixon's White House tapes. The film also provides a brilliant take on the genesis and identity of Deep Throat, while turning the legendary reporting team of Woodward and Bernstein into a pair of lucky, ambitious clowns. Director Andrew Fleming's reference-packed script is a wonderful ode to the '70s. But this terrific cast, led by two then-unknown actresses, drives his crazy plot home. The results are unimpeachable.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
UPC:
0043396040014
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
558

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirsten Dunst Betsy Jobs
Michelle Williams Arlene Lorenzo
Jim Breuer John Dean
Will Ferrell Bob Woodward
Dave Foley Bob Haldeman
Dan Hedaya Richard M. Nixon
Teri Garr Teri Lorenzo
Ana Gasteyer Rosemary Woods
Devon Gummersall Larry Jobs
Bruce McCulloch Carl Bernstein
Ted McGinley Roderick
Ryan Reynolds Chip
Saul Rubinek Henry Kissinger
Harry Shearer G. Gordon Liddy
G.D. Spradlin Ben Bradlee

Technical Credits
Andrew Fleming Director,Screenwriter
David Coatsworth Executive Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Barbara Dunphy Production Designer
Donald Emblad Set Decoration/Design
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Mia Goldman Editor
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Libby Hodgson Asst. Director
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
David Husby Sound/Sound Designer
Sheryl Longin Screenwriter
Pam Dixon Casting
Nancy Pankiw Set Decoration/Design
Eric Pascarelli Camera Operator
Ralph Sall Musical Direction/Supervision
Lucinda Zak Art Director

Scene Index

Production Notes ; Interactive Menus ; Director's and Screenwriter's Commentary ; Deleted Scenes ; Blooper Reel ; Isolated Music Soundtrack with Highlights ; Talent Files ; Theatrical Trailers ; Scene Selections ; Making-Of Featurette

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Dick 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
2 girls that meet the president wow groovy flower power and Kirsten Dunst is so cute in this movie i liked it = nice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Dick'' is easily one of the cutest, cleverest movies ever made. Kirsten Dunst & Michelle Williams are absolutely groovy as Betsy and Arlene; while Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, and Dan Hedeya give hilarious peformances. ''Dick'' is a great movie choice if you're after a good time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It one of my favorites! Dunst does a great job once again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was funny and fun. Betsy and Arelen get a little too blonde sometimes but overall it was very amusing. Good to watch when you're having a girls night in, feeling dumb, or when you're feeling like a woman can't get ne where in life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago