Mr. Deeds

Mr. Deeds

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Director: Steven Brill

Cast: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder

     
 

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One of Frank Capra's best-loved stories gets a modernized and wildly slapstick reinterpretation in this romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. When Preston Blake (Harve Presnell), a remarkably wealthy media magnate, dies with neither a wife nor children, the question on the lips of most of his associates is who will inherit the estate. The surprising answer turns out

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One of Frank Capra's best-loved stories gets a modernized and wildly slapstick reinterpretation in this romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. When Preston Blake (Harve Presnell), a remarkably wealthy media magnate, dies with neither a wife nor children, the question on the lips of most of his associates is who will inherit the estate. The surprising answer turns out to be Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler), a cheerful but half-bright proprietor of a small-town pizzeria, as well as part-time greeting card poet, who was a distant relative of Blake. In order to claim his 40-billion-dollar inheritance, Deeds heads to New York City, where Blake's former associates, Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher) and Cecil Anderson (Erick Avari), introduce him to the city while trying to figure out how to get their hands on his new fortune. Meanwhile, Mac McGrath (Jared Harris), the producer of a sleazy tabloid television show, wants to get the inside scoop on Deeds, and comes up with perfect way to get it: he sends beautiful but unscrupulous reporter Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder) to sweep Deeds off his feet while she's wired for sound. Convincing Deeds that she's from a small town just like himself, Bennett quickly wins his heart, but while his affection is sincere, hers is not. He also displays a curious eagerness to defend her good name with his fists which quickly gets him in trouble. Meanwhile, as Deeds becomes the new laughing stock of New York thanks to Bennett's stories, Deeds decides it's time he did something big with his money, while Cedar and Anderson think they've finally found a way to take control of Deeds' holdings. Mr. Deeds also features supporting performances from John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, and Conchata Ferrell. John McEnroe and Rev. Al Sharpton make cameo appearances as themselves.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Frank Capra’s Oscar-winning 1936 drama has been dusted off and updated to make a surprisingly charming star vehicle for the indefatigable Adam Sandler, playing his most sympathetic role since The Wedding Singer. Stepping into shoes originally filled by Gary Cooper, Sandler is somewhat more restrained than usual as Longfellow Deeds, the kindhearted proprietor of a small-town pizza parlor who unexpectedly inherits a big corporation and the personal fortune of its founder. Whisked off to New York City by an unscrupulous executive (Peter Gallagher), the naive, folksy Deeds becomes an object of ridicule to urban sophisticates -- owing mostly to embarrassing stories leaked to the press by a cynical reporter (Winona Ryder) and her conniving editor. This remake, "cleaner" than most of Sandler’s films but not entirely devoid of the coarse humor that has become his trademark, hews fairly closely to Capra’s original in spirit, although the characters and situations have been altered considerably. Ryder’s infrequently exhibited flair for comedy makes her a delightful leading lady, even when she seems a little nonplussed by the star’s outrageous antics. The fish-out-of-water humor doesn’t yield any startlingly original gags, but Sandler makes the familiar ones seem fresh with his enthusiastic trouping. John Turturro has a plum supporting part as an inscrutable butler, and he plays it to the hilt. Engaging in a way that Sandler’s movies rarely are, Mr. Deeds should find a receptive audience among home viewers who appreciate old-fashioned values and expect happy endings. The DVD edition features a commentary by director Steven Brill (Little Nicky), along with three making-of featurettes, outtakes, a music video by the Dave Matthews Band, cast filmographies, and DVD-ROM script-to-screen content.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
UPC:
0043396362826
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
33,371

Special Features

Director and writer commentary; Deleted scenes; "Clothes Make the Man" featurette; "From Mandrake Falls to Manhatta" featurette; Outtakes reel; Deeds' greeting cards; "Spare No Expense" featurette; Music video "Where Are You Going" by Dave Matthews band

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Longfellow Deeds
Winona Ryder Babe Bennett
Peter Gallagher Chuck Cedar
Jared Harris Mac McGrath
Allen Covert Marty
John Turturro Emilio
Erick Avari Cecil Anderson
Peter Dante Murph
Conchata Ferrell Jan
Harve Presnell Preston Blake
Steve Buscemi Crazy Eyes
Blake Clark Buddy Ward
J.B. Smoove Reuben
John McEnroe Himself
Al Sharpton Himself
Roark Critchlow William
Gideon Jacobs Jimmy
Billy St. John George

Technical Credits
Steven Brill Director
Jared Harris Director
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Felipe Borrero Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Steve Carter Art Director
Teddy Castellucci Score Composer
Peter Lyons Collister Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Allen Covert Associate Producer
Kevin Cross Set Decoration/Design
Michael Dilbeck Musical Direction/Supervision
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Sid Ganis Producer
Jack Giarraputo Producer
Jeff Gourson Editor
Tim Herlihy Screenwriter
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Stephen McCabe Art Director
Roger Mussenden Casting
Beth A. Rubino Set Decoration/Design
Adam Sandler Executive Producer
Alex Siskin Co-producer

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Mr. Deeds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Mr.Deeds is a comedy that teaches lesson, and inspirational. Something you'll wanna watch over and over again