Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2004
  • UPC: 097363411246
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Danny Bonaduce Himself
Dustin Diamond Himself
Corey Feldman Himself
Florence Henderson
Maureen McCormick
Butch Patrick
Dick Van Patten
Marion Ross
Barry Williams
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English Dolby Surround
      French/Fran├žais
      Commentary by Director Sam Weisman
      Commentary by Writer/Actor David Spade and Writer Fred Wolf
      English Subtitles
      No Subtitles
   "Nucking Futs!"
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Sam Weisman
      Commentary by Writer/Actor David Spade and Writer Fred Wolf
      Reel Comedy: Dickie Roberts
      The True Hollywood Story
      Pencil Dickie: Writing the Story
      Behind "Child Stars on Your Television"
      Music Video: "Child Stars on Your Television"
      Deleted Scenes
         John Henson Interviews Emmanuel Lewis
         Meeting With Publishers
         Sidney's Delivery
         Car Seat Conversation
         Truck Toss
         Dickie at School
         Mean Cafeteria
         Former Ending
         Dickie's Real Mom
         Play All
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HILARIOUS!!!

    This movie shows why David Spade is so cool. His sarcastic put-downs, one-liners, and self-depricating attitude help make this movie funnier than most former SNL members have done. The cameos are a hoot, also, especially the song at the end with all of our fave child stars from the 60's, 70's, & 80's. (Maureen 'Marcia, Marcia, Marcia' MacCormack's line about what she'd like to do to people who refer to her as her TV character is priceless.) Good laughs and some warm moments make 'Dickie Roberts' a must see movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Read this and see why you should rent this movie!

    I just finished watching this movie and i can't stop thinking about hhow unbelievably funny it was! I especially reccomend watching the 'Child Stars On Your Television' extended music video! If you dont fall in love with the movie, the video will for sure change your mind! RENT DICKIE ROBERTS TODAY!

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