Tommy Boy

Tommy Boy

4.7 9
Director: Peter Segal

Cast: Chris Farley, David Spade, Bo Derek

     
 

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Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley had his first starring role in this frankly lowbrow comedy, which teamed him with fellow SNL cast member David Spade. Big Tom Callahan (Brian Dennehy) is the street-smart owner of a company that makes auto parts, and one day he'd like his son Tommy Callahan III (Chris Farley) to take over the business. Trouble is, Tommy BoySee more details below

Overview

Saturday Night Live star Chris Farley had his first starring role in this frankly lowbrow comedy, which teamed him with fellow SNL cast member David Spade. Big Tom Callahan (Brian Dennehy) is the street-smart owner of a company that makes auto parts, and one day he'd like his son Tommy Callahan III (Chris Farley) to take over the business. Trouble is, Tommy Boy is a fat, dim-witted slob who took seven years to get a business degree and has no idea how to run a business. His father's sudden death unexpectedly puts Tommy Boy in charge, with his dad's weasely assistant Richard (David Spade) trying to guide him. However, what no one knows is Big Tom's wife, the young and beautiful Beverly (Bo Derek), married him only for his money while holding on to her lover, Paul (Rob Lowe), whose presence she explains by telling people he's her son. Beverly and Paul are waiting for Tommy Boy to run the company into the ground so they can take over, sell it off and earn a quick payoff. However, what Tommy Boy lacks in smarts (and hygiene), he makes up for in determination, and he hits the road with Richard for a long sales trip in a last ditch effort to rescue his father's legacy. Tommy Boy was a major hit that turned Chris Farley into a screen star; sadly, died a little over 2 1/2 years later.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The best of the feature film vehicles for the comedy duo of former Saturday Night Live co-stars Chris Farley and David Spade, this warm-hearted farce is occasionally hilarious in spite of its stars' limited acting ability. There's a long, hallowed tradition of teaming a "playful" large guy with a fussy, skinny cohort that harks back to at least Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy or Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; the device now even encompasses film critics: See Roger Ebert with whomever his partner du jour may be. As performers, Farley and Spade are definitely less facile than many of their legendary predecessors, but their chemistry together is just genuine enough to activate the nascent power of the cliché. In other words, they're genuinely funny together, probably because they're believable (one gets the vibe that Farley truly annoys the heck out of his quicker-witted co-star). The script by the writing team of Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, creators of hit TV sitcoms, betrays their small-screen roots: Nothing about the story or its production at the hands of director Peter Segal is particularly cinematic. In fact, their picture feels like a feature-length pilot for a situation comedy, albeit a fairly funny one that would probably be a moderate hit as long as the same stars were maintained. Farley and Spade would reunite for the less effective Black Sheep (1996), a virtual remake of this film, and Farley would team with another thin, finicky co-star, Matthew Perry, for Almost Heroes (1998), but neither film was able to re-create the Tommy Boy magic.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929305094
Original Release:
1995
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
2,405

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Farley Tommy Callahan III
David Spade Richard
Bo Derek Beverly
Brian Dennehy Big Tom
Dan Aykroyd Zalinsky
Robert A.A. Lowe Paul
Julie Warner Michelle
Sean McCann Rittenhauer
Zach Grenier Reilly
James Blendick Gilmore
Dean Marshall Frat Boy
Philip Williams Danny
William Dunlop R.T
Jack Jessop Priest
David Hemblen Archer
Helen Hughes Boardroom Woman
J.R. Zimmerman Boardroom Man
Robert Weiss 'No' Manager
Reg Dreger 'No' Manager
Lloyd White 'No' Manager
David Huband Gas Attendant
Colin Fox Nelson
David Calderisi 'Yes' Executive
Marc Strange Toy CAr Executive
Michael Ewing Ticket Agent
Henry Gomez Airport Cop
Camilla Scott Stewardess
Marilyn Boyle Woman with Pen
Gino Marrocco Cabbie
Gil Filar Kid in Bank
Jonathan Wilson Marty
Ron James Bank Guard
Bunty Webb Large Woman
Sandi Stahlbrand News Reporter
Brian Kaulback Bank Guard
Robbie Rox Restaurant Regular

Technical Credits
Peter Segal Director
Pamela Basker Casting
Dennis Davenport Set Decoration/Design
Michael Ewing Associate Producer
Hank Garfield Musical Direction/Supervision
John Hockridge Asst. Director
Michael Kavanagh Special Effects
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Irene Kent Makeup
William Kerr Editor
Alicia Keywan Production Designer
Inge Klaudi Makeup
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Lorne Michaels Producer
David Newman Score Composer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design
Steven Soles Score Composer
Barnaby Thompson Co-producer
Bonnie Turner Screenwriter
Terry Turner Screenwriter
Patti Unger Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Weiss Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tommy Boy [Feature Film]
1. School Daze [5:26]
2. Sandusky, Ohio [1:40]
3. A Perfect 10 [5:52]
4. Cow Tipping [1:01]
5. Wonder Boy [1:21]
6. The Luckiest Man in the World [2:55]
7. Playing With Your Dinghy [2:50]
8. The Future of Callahan [:08]
9. On the Road [6:14]
10. Whadya Do? [:34]
11. Bad Mommy [2:19]
12. Road Kill [2:34]
13. Fat Guy in a Little Coat [2:00]
14. Oh, Baby [1:37]
15. A Pretty New Pet [2:28]
16. Guarantee [2:15]
17. Spanky [:29]
18. On the Road to Success [4:22]
19. Heading Home [1:47]
20. Killer Bees [1:09]
21. Fly Boys [3:11]
22. Zalinsky Auto Parts [3:17]
23. I've got a Plan [3:25]
24. The New President [3:03]

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