Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

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Director: Sam Weisman

Cast: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Jon Lovitz

     
 

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Surprisingly touching (after all, this is a David Spade movie), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is on the borderline of being worth watching, but as a DVD, Paramount has gone all out. The 1.85:1 transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions, is pleasingly presented. (A full-frame edition is also available separately.) The picture isn't flashy, consideringSee more details below

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Surprisingly touching (after all, this is a David Spade movie), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star is on the borderline of being worth watching, but as a DVD, Paramount has gone all out. The 1.85:1 transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions, is pleasingly presented. (A full-frame edition is also available separately.) The picture isn't flashy, considering this not a glamorous epic by any stretch of the imagination, but the image is still solid, with excellent translation of color and detail. Grain is kept to a minimum, while contrast levels are realized agreeably. While the English 5.1 Dolby Digital track isn't going to win any awards, it's equally satisfying in its own way. Dialogue is clear and natural, without any distractions, but as with the vast majority of lowbrow comedies, the sound is centered up front with little use (or need, one would assume) of any surround materials. The lower-end bass does pop in on occasion, however, giving the audio a slight boost. A nice plus is the number of supplements offered. Granted, Comedy Central's featurette Reel Comedy: Dickie Roberts and "The True Hollywood Story" (which has nothing to do with the similarly titled E! Entertainment series) cover similar ground and might just have been as good combined. In spite of this, plenty of cast and crew interviews make both worth watching. Unexpectedly more serious is the featurette "Pencil Dickie: Writing The Story" where star David Spade and writer Fred Wolf discuss this film, and their history together. For those that enjoy commentaries, two are offered here: one from director Sam Weisman and the other from Spade and Wolf. Neither is particularly interesting, and a single track with all three would probably have been a better idea. It's hard not to chuckle, though, at the music video for "Child Stars on Your Television." Accompanying the video is a featurette that looks at the making of the song and video. Also included are nine deleted scenes of fairly poor video quality, some which work and some which fall very flat. If all this weren't enough, rounding things out are the theatrical trailer for this film and The Fighting Temptations, Timeline, Beyond Borders, and School of Rock.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2004
UPC:
0097363411246
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Sam Weisman; Commentary by writer/actor David Spade and writer Fred Wolf; The True Hollywood Story; "Pencil Dickie: Writing the Story" featurette; "Child Stars on Your Television" extended music video; Behind "Child Stars on Your Television"; Reel Comedy: Dickie Roberts; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Spade Dickie Roberts
Mary McCormack Grace
Jon Lovitz Sidney
Craig Bierko George Finney
Jenna Boyd Sally Finney
Scott Tessa Sam Finney
Alyssa Milano Cyndi
Doris Roberts Peggy
Rob Reiner Himself
Edie McClurg Neighbor
Leif Garrett Himself
Brendan Fraser Himself
Emmanuel Lewis Himself
Willie Aames Actor
Danny Bonaduce Himself
Dustin Diamond Himself
Corey Feldman Himself
Florence Henderson Actor
Maureen McCormick Actor
Butch Patrick Actor
Dick Van Patten Actor
Marion Ross Actor
Barry Williams Actor
Ashley Edner Heather Bolan
Erin Murphy Brittany
Rachel Dratch Rob Reiner's Assistant

Technical Credits
Sam Weisman Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Roger Bondelli Editor
Blair Breard Co-producer
Marc Dabe Art Director
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
K.C. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
David Kelson Sound/Sound Designer
Dina Lipton Production Designer
Tom McNulty Associate Producer
John Papsidera Casting
Adam Sandler Producer
Marty Eli Schwartz Asst. Director
David Spade Screenwriter
Waddy Wachtel Score Composer
Fred Wolf Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Nucking Futs!" [5:33]
2. Desperate Dickie [1:24]
3. Bending the Rules [2:09]
4. Poker Night [4:33]
5. To Be a Star Again [:10]
6. Family for Hire [3:36]
7. Stranger Danger Moves In [2:35]
8. Normal Crap [2:13]
9. Tree House Training [5:20]
10. Slipping and Sliding [5:42]
11. Part of the Family [1:51]
12. Dickie to the Rescue [1:09]
13. Fitting In [6:38]
14. Tryouts [4:30]
15. Cyndi's Back [2:31]
16. Sidney Comes Through [2:26]
17. The Audition [4:33]
18. We Love Being Child Stars [4:22]

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