The Barefoot Executive

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Overview

At last the secret has been revealed! Prime-time network programming is determined by a chimpanzee! That's the premise of Disney's The Barefoot Executive, a highly amusing spoof of the TV bizz. Kurt Russell plays a page boy at a bottom-rated TV network. Stuck with his girl friend's Heather North pet chimp, Russell discovers that his hairy friend has a genuine gift for picking hit TV series. Appointed head of programming, Russell keeps the fact that the chimp is doing all the work hidden from the public. But when ...
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Overview

At last the secret has been revealed! Prime-time network programming is determined by a chimpanzee! That's the premise of Disney's The Barefoot Executive, a highly amusing spoof of the TV bizz. Kurt Russell plays a page boy at a bottom-rated TV network. Stuck with his girl friend's Heather North pet chimp, Russell discovers that his hairy friend has a genuine gift for picking hit TV series. Appointed head of programming, Russell keeps the fact that the chimp is doing all the work hidden from the public. But when his former boss Joe Flynn and his rival John Ritter find out, all heck breaks loose we'd say "all hell," but this is a Disney flick. A strong supporting cast of comic "regulars"-Wally Cox, Harry Morgan, Alan Hewitt, Hayden Rorke et al.--keeps The Barefoot Executive moving at a fast clip
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Special Features

Dolby Digital mono sound; Full screen (1.33:1)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
From its "swinging" title song to its motorcycle-riding hero, The Barefoot Executive is a likeable, harmless little family diversion that younger audiences especially will enjoy. Older audiences will find it much more palatable than many other kid flicks, as well, thanks to a screenplay that has a little more originality to it than many other Disney offerings of the era. That's not to say that the screenplay is great; many of the situations are predictable and/or incredible and/or manipulative. But the basic premise is amusing, and the writers have come up with some fairly fresh twists here and there to keep things hopping. Barefoot also has Kurt Russell on hand, turning in one of his patented appealing performances. He's in very fine form here, as a young man with ideas and ambition who finds himself with a rare opportunity and an ethical dilemma. It's a part that Russell knew how to play perfectly, allowing the character to do a few things that were ethically questionable yet still maintaining audience sympathy throughout. The supporting cast features such character stalwarts as Joe Flynn, Harry Morgan and Wally Cox, turning in their usually dependable performances and helping to shore up some of the weaker elements in the story. Robert Butler's direction is crisp and direct, and he even keeps the "funny animal" routine from getting too cutesy. The sum is a very pleasant, nicely amusing, definitely family friendly little film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2004
  • UPC: 786936278880
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,364

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Steven Post
Joe Flynn Francis X. Wilbanks
Harry Morgan E.J. Crampton
Wally Cox Mertons
Heather North Jennifer Scott
John Ritter Roger
Tristram Coffin Sponsor
Howard Culver
Dave Willock Doorman
Alan Hewitt Farnsworth
Hayden Rorke Clifford
Raffles Himself
Jack Bender Tom
Tom Anfinsen Dr. Schmidt
George Neise Network Executive
Ed Reimers Announcer
Morgan Farley Advertising Executive
Glenn Dixon Sponsor
Robert Shayne Sponsor
Fabian Dean Jackhammer Man
Iris Adrian Woman Shopper
Eve Brent Mrs. Crampton
Sandra Gould Mrs. Wilbanks
James Flavin Father O'Leary
Judson Pratt Policeman
Vince Howard Policeman
Hal Baylor Policeman
Bill Daily Navigator
Edward Faulkner Reporter
Ed Prentiss Justice Dept.
"Smiling" Jack Smith Clatworthy
Pete L. Renoudet Policeman
Anthony Teague TV Saleman
J.B. Douglas Network Executive
Technical Credits
Robert Butler Director
Bill Anderson Producer
Bruce Belland Songwriter
Stewart C. Billett Original Story
Robert F. Brunner Score Composer
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Lila Garrett Original Story
Ed Graves Art Director
Bernard M. Kahn Original Story
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Joseph L. McEveety Screenwriter
Ted Schilz Asst. Director
Robert Stafford Editor
Emily Sundby Costumes/Costume Designer
Dean Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Big Premiere [8:55]
2. A Surefire Approach [5:56]
3. Jen's New Roomate [9:16]
4. Big Plans for Raffles [7:40]
5. Network Pitch [9:05]
6. The Screening [7:12]
7. Man of the Year [8:51]
8. Spy in the House [8:37]
9. Wild Monkey Chase [7:30]
10. Two on a Ledge [8:13]
11. Million-Dollar Chimp [7:15]
12. A Happy Return [7:04]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    One of my favorite movies!

    I've watched The Barefoot Executive several times, and I enjoy it more each time I see it. Kurt Russell's character, Steve, doesn't let his age or the opinions of others get in the way of success. He starts off as a young mailboy working for a televion network. When he discovers the abilities of his girlfriend's chimp, Raffles, to pick the TV shows that appeal to the public, he uses his new information to get the TV network (and himself) to the top. Soon he becomes more rich and famous than he ever dreamed he'd be. However, Steve's former boss and his snobby nephew, jelous of Steve's success, determine to find out the reason for his rise to fame. Humorus and origional, the plot grabs your attention from the start keeps you laughing and smiling until the end.

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