Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

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Director: Robert Butler

Cast: Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn

     
 

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This film is another Disney comedy romp that takes place at the ubiquitous Medfield College. The plot kicks in when an interview, in which Professor Quigley (William Schallert) is denied a much-needed computer by apoplectic college president Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn), is broadcast to a student assembly. In order to help Quigley, the students convince rich college… See more details below

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This film is another Disney comedy romp that takes place at the ubiquitous Medfield College. The plot kicks in when an interview, in which Professor Quigley (William Schallert) is denied a much-needed computer by apoplectic college president Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn), is broadcast to a student assembly. In order to help Quigley, the students convince rich college benefactor A.J. Arno (Cesar Romero) to donate a computer to the school instead of his usual 20,000-dollar contribution. Dexter (Kurt Russell), the student leader, attempts to repair the computer, but the machine is struck by lightning and transforms Dexter into a human being with the hard drive of the computer. Since the computer's memory is now in Dexter's brain, he now has information on his human memory chip about Arno's illegal gambling operations. When Dean Higgins puts Dexter on a televised competition for a prize of 100,000 dollars to benefit the college, every time the word "applejack" comes up during the game show, it triggers Dexter to regurgitate a rundown of Arno's illegal activities. In order to stop Dexter from exposing him, Arno kidnaps Dexter and hides him at his country estate. Dressing up as housepainters, Dexter's classmates come to Arno's mansion to rescue him.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
With its very title, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes announces that it's a high concept comedy and as such, those who go with the concept will find it a much more enjoyable ride than those who don't. Most of Disney's live action comedies of this period were similarly high concept; however, Computer is rather unique in that it's a bit softer than most of the others, one that goes more for chuckles than belly laughs and which is more concerned with plot (however far-fetched it may be) than with slapstick sequences that are fairly tangential. As a result, Computer probably holds up somewhat better than the rest of its kind, even if the subject matter inevitably dates it, although in a rather charming way. Computer paints its characters in fairly black-and-white terms, but it puts them through their paces in a fairly engaging manner. Robert Butler's direction is perfunctory but adequate; he's fortunate to have a young and enormously appealing Kurt Russell carrying the film on his cute shoulders. Russell grins and grimaces his way through the film, taking things just seriously enough to give them a little weight but not enough to throw the film out of whack. There's also fine character support from the likes of Joe Flynn and William Schallert, and some overblown Cesar Romero moments that will please his fans. Not a great film, Computer still is a very pleasant viewing experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/1998
UPC:
0786936027242
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Dexter
Cesar Romero A.J. Arno
Joe Flynn Dean Higgins
William Schallert Prof. Quigley
Alan Hewitt Dean Collingswood
Richard Bakalyan Chillie Walsh
Alexander Clare Myles
Pete L. Renoudet Lt. Hannah
Debbie Paine Annie
Frank Webb Pete
Michael McGreevey Schuyler
Jon Provost Bradley
Frank Welker Henry
Bing Russell Angelo
Pat Harrington Moderator
Fabian Dean Little Mac
Fritz Feld Sigmund Van Dyke
Howard Culver Moderator

Technical Credits
Robert Butler Director
Bill Anderson Producer
Robert F. Brunner Score Composer
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Chris Hibler Asst. Director
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Evelyn Kennedy Musical Direction/Supervision
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
John Mansbridge Art Director
Joseph L. McEveety Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Emily Sundby Costumes/Costume Designer
Dean Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Cotton Warburton Editor

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