George of the Jungle (film)
George of the Jungle is a 1997 American live-action film adaptation of the Jay Ward cartoon of the same name, a spoof of Tarzan. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures with Mandeville Films and The Kerner Entertainment Company and was released in theatres on July 16, 1997, it stars Brendan Fraser as the eponymous main character, a primitive man, raised by animals in an African jungle. A direct-to-video sequel, George of the Jungle 2, was released on DVD in 2003. In an animated sequence, a plane flying through the fictional Bukuvu region in the heart of East Africa crashes. A child on board the plane, disappears into the jungle and is raised by a sapient, talking gorilla named Ape. Twenty-five years George, who enjoys swinging on vines to move about but has a habit of crashing into trees, has grown to be King of the Jungle. Ursula Stanhope, a San Francisco heiress, tours a trio of porters. Ursula is tracked down and joined by her fiancé, Lyle Van De Groot, with two poachers named Max and Thor.
Kwame tells the group of the "White Ape", a local legend of a superhuman primate that rules the jungle. The next day Lyle, insistent on taking Ursula home as soon as possible, goes into the jungle with her to find the White Ape and they are attacked by a lion. Lyle knocks himself out trying to flee. George takes Ursula to his treehouse home and cares for her, introducing her to Shep, an African bush elephant that acts like George's dog, Tookie, a toco toucan. George attempts to woo her. Lyle and Thor find the treehouse and Lyle confronts Ursula and George. Max and Thor make to shoot Shep for his ivory, Ape shouts at Shep to run. Everyone is stunned by the sight of a talking ape and Max and Thor decide to tranquilize and capture him. George runs to stop them and is accidentally shot by Lyle, who thought his gun was a novelty lighter. Lyle and the poachers are imprisoned and Lyle is identified as the shooter by the porters. Meanwhile, Ursula takes George home to get medical help for his wound and to see the human world he belongs in.
While Ursula is at work, George explores San Francisco and uses his vine-swinging to rescue a paraglider that got tangled in the Bay Bridge. Ursula, uninterested in marrying Lyle, admits the truth to her parents, but her overbearing mother Beatrice objects. At a party intended to celebrate Ursula's engagement, Beatrice takes George aside and coldly tells him she will not let Ursula's engagement fall apart, refuses to let George be with her. In Africa and Thor capture Ape, who manages to order Tookie to find George before he falls unconscious. Tookie flies to San George returns to the jungle, leaving Ursula in the night. While Ursula's parents comfort her, she realizes she loves George and goes to find him, much to Beatrice's dismay but to her father's approval. Ape tricks the poachers into circling the jungle and returning to the treehouse where George confronts them and incapacitates them with his animal friends. However, Lyle arrives: the narrator explains that Lyle escaped prison, joined a cult, is now an ordained minister.
Lyle has the mercenaries he brought with him subdue George and takes Ursula to the nearby Ape River, where he has a boat waiting to escape while he performs a marriage ceremony. However, the river is a harsh series of rapids. George performs a big swing, only to crash into a massive tree. However, the tree falls over the river and he pulls Ursula to safety. Lyle ends up in a cave and, believing he is still sharing the boat with Ursula, proclaims them wedded. George and Ursula fall in love with each marry, Ursula moving into George's treehouse; some years the two are raising a son, George Jr. who they present to the animals from atop Pride Rock. In a mid-credits scene, Ape reveals he has become a famous entertainer in Las Vegas, using Max and Thor as stuntmen. Brendan Fraser as George, a young man, raised in the jungle like Tarzan and crashes into trees while swinging on vines. Leslie Mann as Ursula Stanhope, a wealthy heiress. Thomas Haden Church as Lyle van de Groot, Ursula's wealthy fiancé. Richard Roundtree as Kwame, Ursula's jungle guide.
Greg Cruttwell and Abraham Benrubi as Max and Thor, 2 poachers and trackers who work for Lyle. John Bennett Perry as Arthur Stanhope, Ursula's father. Holland Taylor as Beatrice Stanhope, Ursula's mother. Kelly Miller as Betsy, Ursula's best friend. Abdoulaye N'Gom as Kip, Ursula's friend and an African tour guide. Michael Chinyamurindi as N'Dugo, Ursula's friend and another African tour guide. Lydell M. Cheshier as Baleto, Ursula's friend and the third African tour guide. Crystal the Monkey as monkey. John Cleese as Ape, a well-educated, talking eastern gorilla, George’s best friend. Keith Scott as Narrator. Frank Welker as Lion, Little Monkey, Tooki Tooki Bird, Gorilla sound effects Nameer Ed-Kadi – Ape Tom Fisher Jody St. Michael Philip Tan Lief Tilden Robert Tygner – Ape In the opening animated sequence, various animals swing on vines with young George, his "dog" Shep, fetches a crocodile instead of a log, a wildebeest falls in love with a bushman wearing a wildebeest mask. In the live action film, a whole host of animals are seen.
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film and television; the analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art. In ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval world, the time of William Shakespeare, only men could become actors, women's roles were played by men or boys. After the English Restoration of 1660, women began to appear on stage in England. In modern times in pantomime and some operas, women play the roles of boys or young men. After 1660 in England, when women first started to appear on stage, the terms actor or actress were used interchangeably for female performers, but influenced by the French actrice, actress became the used term for women in theater and film.
The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with -ess added. When referring to groups of performers of both sexes, actors is preferred. Actor is used before the full name of a performer as a gender-specific term. Within the profession, the re-adoption of the neutral term dates to the post-war period of the 1950 and'60s, when the contributions of women to cultural life in general were being reviewed; when The Observer and The Guardian published their new joint style guide in 2010, it stated "Use for both male and female actors. The guide's authors stated that "actress comes into the same category as authoress, manageress,'lady doctor','male nurse' and similar obsolete terms that date from a time when professions were the preserve of one sex.". "As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper:'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything.'" The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession".
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients. With regard to the cinema of the United States, the gender-neutral term "player" was common in film in the silent film era and the early days of the Motion Picture Production Code, but in the 2000s in a film context, it is deemed archaic. However, "player" remains in use in the theatre incorporated into the name of a theatre group or company, such as the American Players, the East West Players, etc. Actors in improvisational theatre may be referred to as "players". In 2015, Forbes reported that "...just 21 of the 100 top-grossing films of 2014 featured a female lead or co-lead, while only 28.1% of characters in 100 top-grossing films were female...". "In the U. S. there is an "industry-wide in salaries of all scales. On average, white women get paid 78 cents to every dollar a white man makes, while Hispanic women earn 56 cents to a white male's dollar, Black women 64 cents and Native American women just 59 cents to that."
Forbes' analysis of US acting salaries in 2013 determined that the "...men on Forbes' list of top-paid actors for that year made 21/2 times as much money as the top-paid actresses. That means that Hollywood's best-compensated actresses made just 40 cents for every dollar that the best-compensated men made." The first recorded case of a performing actor occurred in 534 BC when the Greek performer Thespis stepped onto the stage at the Theatre Dionysus to become the first known person to speak words as a character in a play or story. Prior to Thespis' act, Grecian stories were only expressed in song, in third person narrative. In honor of Thespis, actors are called Thespians; the male actors in the theatre of ancient Greece performed in three types of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Western theatre developed and expanded under the Romans; the theatre of ancient Rome was a thriving and diverse art form, ranging from festival performances of street theatre, nude dancing, acrobatics, to the staging of situation comedies, to high-style, verbally elaborate tragedies.
As the Western Roman Empire fell into decay through the 4th and 5th centuries, the seat of Roman power shifted to Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire. Records show that mime, scenes or recitations from tragedies and comedies and other entertainments were popular. From the 5th century, Western Europe was plunged into a period of general disorder. Small nomadic bands of actors traveled around Europe throughout the period, performing wherever they could find an audience. Traditionally, actors were not of high status. Early Middle Ages actors were denounced by the Church during the Dark Ages, as they were viewed as dangerous and pagan. In many parts of Europe, traditional beliefs of the region and time period meant actors could not receive a Christian burial. In the Early Middle Ages, churches in Europe began staging dramatized versions of biblical events. By the middle of the 11th century, liturgical drama had spread from Russia to Scandinavia
Wacko is a 1982 comedy horror-parody film directed by Greydon Clark and starring Joe Don Baker and George Kennedy. Dick Harbinger played by Joe Don Baker is in the police and is obsessed with stopping history repeating itself. Thirteen years earlier a man wearing a pumpkinhead and driving a lawnmower committed vile murders on some children; the night is Halloween and everyone is a suspect. The school janitor is questioned. Throughout the film, when the word "geek" is used, he reappears and corrects the speaker saying, "it's zeeeeeeeek." The father of the family played by George Kennedy is too obvious a suspect and is questioned by police. He is caught by his daughter Mary, trying to creep into the bathroom when she is showering, or peering in her window whilst she is sleeping, his daughter catches him and screams and always says the same line, "Damn it Daddy, what are you doing?" Kennedy always replies, "I'm just erm, mowing the lawn." The daughter replies always the same, "sure Daddy, that's what you always say."
Mary is dating Tony "the schlong" Schlongini, the coolest kid in school. He along with many others get killed by Mr Pumpkinhead, played by detective. In the end the detective dresses up as the Lawnmower Killer because no one is taking the threat so he decides to teach them all a lesson, it all started 13 years ago, when Mary Graves' older sister was murdered on Halloween prom night by a power-mowing maniac. Poor Mary...since she has experienced horror, sexual frustration psychoanalysis, but she still sees little lawnmowers everywhere. But tonight will be different. Tonight, at the new Halloween Prom, all the questions of the past 13 years will be answered as the pumpkin headed killer has returned, but hot on their trail is an obsessed cop. The film borders on the ridiculous at times when Baker's family, all black eat cake at the dinner table and the slices of cake they enjoy are the size of a dinner plate. Baker fills his suitcase with coffee and terminates Harry Vice, in charge of the vice. Harry Vice likes to "clamp on down," on student slackers but he ends up having his head clamped on down in a vice courtesy of Baker.
Joe Don Baker as Dick Harbinger Stella Stevens as Mrs. Doctor Graves George Kennedy as Mr. Doctor Graves Julia Duffy as Mary Graves Scott McGinnis as Norman Bates Elizabeth Daily as Bambi Michele Tobin as Rosie Andrew Dice Clay as Tony Schlongini Anthony James as Zeke Sonny Carl Davis as The Weirdo David Drucker as The Looney Jeff Altman as Harry Palms Victor Brandt as Dr. Moreau Wil Albert as Dr. Denton Charles Napier as Chief O'Hara The film was released theatrically in the United States by Jensen Farley Pictures in January 1983; the film was released on VHS on laserdisc. It has been released on DVD. Allmovie wrote "Wacko vanished from the face of the earth, which, as it turns out, isn't a bad thing. For its hundreds of gags and zingers, there are very few laughs in a endless 84-minute running time." Wacko on IMDb Wacko at Rotten Tomatoes Wacko at AllMovie
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Rat Race (film)
Rat Race is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker. Inspired by Stanley Kramer's 1963 classic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, the film features an ensemble cast consisting of Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr. Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Lanai Chapman, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, Wayne Knight, John Cleese and Dave Thomas; the film centers on six teams of people who are given the task of racing 563 miles from a Las Vegas casino to a Silver City, New Mexico train station where a storage locker contains a duffel bag filled with $2 million. Produced by Fireworks Pictures, Alphaville Films, Zucker's Zucker Productions, the film was released by Paramount Pictures on August 17, 2001 in the United States and Canada, it received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, having grossed $85.5 million worldwide against a $48 million budget. Donald Sinclair, the eccentric owner of The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, devises a new game to entertain the high rollers who visit his hotel/casino.
Six special tokens are placed in the casino's slot machines and the winners are told that $2 million in cash is hidden in a duffel bag in a train station locker at Silver City, New Mexico, 563 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Each team is given a key to race to the train station in order to claim the money. Unbeknownst to the competitors, Sinclair's wealthy patrons place bets on who will win; the patrons continue making smaller bets throughout the film while being facilitated by Sinclair's assistant Grisham, who at one point hires an escort as part of a dare. The racers consist of scheming siblings Duane and Blaine Cody, high-strung businesswoman Merrill Jennings and her mother Vera, disgraced football referee Owen Templeton, the Pear family led by the opportunistic Randy Pear, narcoleptic Italian tourist Enrico Pollini and no-nonsense young attorney Nick Schaffer. At first, they claim that they're not going to play Sinclair's game, but greed takes over most of the racers as they wait for the elevator and start to race.
On the way, they consider working together to get the money, but they change their minds once they see Enrico run past them in the staircase. Unable to get on the earliest flight to Silver City and Blaine destroy the airport radar with their Ford Bronco, grounding everybody else yet wrecking their own vehicle in the sabotage, prompting them to steal another; the brothers decide to split up and create a replica key in the hopes of doubling their chances of winning, but the locksmith overhears their plan and makes off with the key in a hot air balloon. Duane and Blaine catch up to the locksmith, leaving him and a stray dairy cow hanging from the balloon's anchor rope; the brothers hijack a monster truck and drive it to Silver City. Merrill and Vera crash their car after being given malicious road directions by a squirrel seller for not purchasing one of her squirrels, they steal a rocket car which races across the desert until it runs out of fuel. Afterwards, the two dizzily stumble onto a bus full of mental patients headed for Silver City.
Owen becomes stranded in a desert after being kicked out by a taxi driver as revenge for making the bad call at the football game days ago. Upon arriving at a gas station, he finds a bus driver whom he tricks into giving him all his clothes by telling the driver that his wife has gone into labor, before hijacking his bus filled with Lucille Ball cosplayers going to an I Love Lucy convention. On the way, the bus hits the cow dangling from the hot air balloon, causing it to swerve off the road. Owen has an emotional breakdown and reveals that he is not the bus driver, resulting in the enraged women chasing him for deceiving them. Owen rides a horse to Silver City. Randy tricks his family into accompanying him in the race by making. On the way, the family mistakenly visits a museum dedicated to the Nazi Klaus Barbie where they steal Adolf Hitler's staff car after the Cody brothers vandalize their vehicle. Randy declines to end the trip, he tells them about the cash and they are excited for it. When his family insists on ending the trip again, Randy drugs them with sleeping pills and bundles them into a semi-truck to reach Silver City.
At first, Nick chooses not to participate in the race and instead plans to head back to Chicago, but he changes his mind after he meets a female pilot named Tracy Faucet, who gives him an advantage as she is one of the few pilots who are still able to fly using her non-fixed-wing helicopter. After Tracy uses her helicopter to attack her cheating boyfriend Shawn Kent and Nick subsequently hijack Shawn's truck and drive it to Silver City, forming a romantic relationship in the process. Enrico joins the race because he is excited to win and does not appear to care about the money itself, but he falls asleep at the start of the race and wakes up hours later, he receives a ride from an ambulance driver named Zack, delivering a transplant heart to El Paso. On the way, Enrico inadvertently throws the heart out of the van after Zack opens the icebox containing it. While looking for it in the fields, it gets stolen by a dog, electrocuted by an electric fence. Believing that the heart would fail to save the person who needs it due to the holes made by the dog's teeth, Zack decides to kill Enrico and cut out his heart in order to replace the missing heart, prompting Enrico to escape by boarding a passing train headed for Silver City.
He is mistaken for a pedophile in the train when he loses his key in a nearby baby's diaper and as a result is thrown out at the Silver City train station where he be
Splash is a 1984 American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy and Eugene Levy. The film involves a young man who falls in love with a mysterious woman, secretly a mermaid; the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The film is notable for being the first film released by Touchstone Pictures, a film label created by Walt Disney Studios that same year in an effort to release films targeted at adult audiences, with mature content not appropriate for the studio's flagship Walt Disney Pictures banner. Splash had received a PG-rating for including some brief nudity. In 1964, eight-year-old Allen Bauer is vacationing with his family near Cape Cod. While taking a sight-seeing tour on a small boat, he sees something below the ocean surface that fascinates him, jumps into the water though he cannot swim. Underwater, he encounters a mermaid girl and inexplicably finds himself able to breathe under water.
However, Allen is pulled back to the surface, the two are separated. Since no one else has seen the girl, Allen comes to believe the encounter was a near-death hallucination, but his subsequent relationships with women fail as he subconsciously seeks the connection he felt with the mysterious girl. Twenty years Allen is now co-owner of a wholesale fruit and vegetable business in New York City with his womanizing brother Freddie. Depressed after his latest breakup, Allen returns to Cape Cod, where he encounters eccentric scientist Dr. Walter Kornbluth, determined to discover legendary sea creatures; when a motorboat fails, Allen is knocked out when the boat hits his head. He wakes up with a headache on a beach, where he encounters a beautiful naked woman with long blonde hair and the inability to talk. After kissing him, she dives into the sea. While swimming underwater, she is sighted by Kornbluth; the mermaid has Allen's wallet, uses the charts of a sunken ship to find New York. She comes ashore naked at the Statue of Liberty.
Using information from Allen's wallet, the police contact Allen, the mysterious girl gets released into his care. She learns how to speak English from watching television, is eager to see a big city for the first time in her life. Unable to say her real name in human language, she selects "Madison" from a Madison Avenue sign, she tells Allen that she will be in New York for "six fun-filled days when the moon is full", but if she stays longer, she can never go home again. Despite Madison's occasional unusual behavior and Allen fall in love. Allen proposes to Madison. After pondering her reason for coming to the city in the first place, Madison returns to Allen and agrees to marry him, with the added promise of telling him the truth about herself at an upcoming dignitary dinner to welcome the President of the United States. Meanwhile, realizing that the naked woman at Liberty Island was the mermaid he had encountered, pursues the couple, trying to expose her as a mermaid by splashing her with water.
His first attempts are unsuccessful, Kornbluth ends up with multiple injuries. He lies in wait with water tanks at the dignitary dinner, splashing Madison with an attached hose and proving the existence of mermaids. Madison is seized by government agents and taken to a secret lab, headed by Kornbluth's rival Dr. Ross, for examination. Kornbluth regrets his actions after he learns that the scientists are planning to dissect Madison, as he just wanted to prove that he was not crazy, not get her killed. Allen is shocked by Madison's secret, but when he voices his disillusionment to his brother, Freddie lashes out at him, telling his brother how unbelievably happy he was with her. Realizing he still loves Madison, Allen tries to make contact with government officials to let him see Madison, but to no avail, he confronts a guilt-ridden Kornbluth, who agrees to help him rescue her. Impersonating Swedish scientists, Freddie and Kornbluth enter the lab and smuggle Madison outside. Freddie decides to be arrested in Allen's place, while Kornbluth unsuccessfully tries to stop United States troops from catching the couple.
Despite being under hot pursuit and Madison make it back to the docks at the New York harbor. Madison tells Allen that he can survive under water as long as he is with her, causing Allen to realize she was the young mermaid he had met so long ago. Madison warns him, she jumps in the water. When other troops attempt to arrest Allen, he jumps into the water after her, forsaking his life on dry land; the troops dive in the water to go after the couple. The credits roll as the loving couple swims along the ocean floor toward what appears to be an underwater kingdom. Screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel both make cameo appearances in the film. Ganz plays Stan the Tour Guide in the scene set at the Statue of Liberty. Mandel plays the man in charge of ice skate rentals who tackles Tom Hanks' character when he tries to run out with his skates still on. Director Ron Howard's father, actor Rance Howard, can be seen early in the film as Mr. McCullough, an unhappy customer screaming at Allen about his cherries.
Howard's brother Clint Howard can be seen as a wedding guest, identified by Candy's character as the bride's brother and yelled at by Hanks. According to the documentary on the Splash: 20th Anniversary Edition DVD in 2004
Inspector Gadget (film)
Inspector Gadget is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by David Kellogg and written by Kerry Ehrin and Zak Penn from a story by Ehrin and Dana Olsen. Loosely based on the 1983 animated television series of the same name, the film stars Matthew Broderick as the title character, Rupert Everett as Dr. Claw, Michelle Trachtenberg as Penny and Dabney Coleman as Chief Quimby. Three new characters were introduced such as Mayor Wilson and the Gadgetmobile; the film tells the story of how Inspector Dr. Claw came to be, it was filmed in Pittsburgh, Baton Rouge and Los Angeles, California with the ice castle-like main tower of Pittsburgh's PPG Place playing a central role. Produced by Caravan Pictures and DiC Entertainment, the film was released theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures on July 23, 1999, it was the last film produced by Caravan Pictures, as the company merged into Spyglass Entertainment. This film was dedicated to the memory of production designer Michael White who died on January 19, 1999 in Los Angeles during production of the film at the age of 36.
The film was a moderate box office success with a worldwide gross of $134.4 million against a $90 million budget despite receiving negative reviews from critics. It was followed by the 2003 direct-to-video sequel Inspector Gadget 2, though none of the original cast reprised their roles. Jonathan "John" Brown, a man who dreams of helping people by being a police officer, is a security guard working at the Bradford robotics laboratory in Riverton, run by Artemus Bradford and his daughter Brenda, to whom John is attracted. Brenda and Artemus are working to create a lifelike robotic foot as part of the Gadget Program, an operation for manufacturing computerized law enforcement officers. One night, sadistic tycoon Sanford Scolex attacks the lab, steals the foot, murders Artemus before escaping in his limo. Brown chases him down in his Chevette, during the ensuing chase, Scolex blows him up in the upside-down wreck and leaves John for dead. John's bowling ball is launched out of the Chevette by the blast and crushingly smashes Scolex's left hand, forcing him to replace it with a mechanical claw and take the alias "Claw."
Brenda, due to his devotion to pursuing her father's killer, chooses John, who survived the explosion, to be the first test subject for the Gadget Program. Under Brenda's guidance, John becomes Inspector Gadget, equipped with a variety of crime-fighting and investigating tools in his body, as well as a car named the Gadgetmobile run by an AI program. Claw, with the help of scientist Kramer and minion Sykes, plots to use the technology he stole to make robotic mercenaries to sell to the world. However, he is unable to get the foot to function due to a control chip left in the lab. Police chief Quimby, seeing Gadget as a publicity stunt and not a true police officer, refuses to let him help on the Bradford case, causing Gadget to procure evidence on his own. With help from his niece Penny, Gadget suspects Claw. Claw uses Brenda's robotics research to manufacture a new control chip for his android, a robotic version of Gadget, "Robo-Gadget," and sets it loose to cause chaos in Riverton. Gadget is caught and deactivated, Claw crushing his control chip.
Brenda, her dog Brain, the Gadgetmobile track Gadget to the junkyard but find him unresponsive. Brenda kisses him, the power of Gadget's heart reanimates his body without the need for the NSA chip. After dropping Penny and Brain off at home, Gadget and the Gadgetmobile give chase to Claw's limo. Gadget and Robo-Gadget are thrown off and battle with each other, ending with Gadget detaching Robo-Gadget's head. Gadget uses his helicopter hat to fly to Claw's headquarters, where he is planning to escape with Brenda via a helicopter. In the confrontation, Gadget uses an improvised weapon to forcibly activate Claw's claw, breaking the helicopter's control stick and causing it to go out of control. Gadget and Brenda use a parasol to escape safely, Claw lands via parachute but is caught by the Gadgetmobile and is arrested by the police. Penny arrives with a guilt-stricken Sykes who surrenders the technology Claw stole from Brenda and has told Penny everything about Claw's plans. Saluted by Quimby, Gadget victoriously departs with Penny as Claw vows revenge.
During the end credits, several after-scene clips play, including Sykes going to a minion-recovery group, the Gadgetmobile addresses the audience until the end of the credits. During the "Minions Anonymous" scene in the credits, the henchmen include Mr. T and Richard Kiel, as well as Richard Lee-Sung as the "Famous Villain with Deadly Hat", Bobby Bell as the "Famous Identifier of Sea Planes", Hank Barrera as the "Famous Native American Sidekick", Keith Morrison as the "Famous Assistant to Dr. Frankensomething". Broderick and Coleman worked together in the film WarGames. Universal Pictures at one point had an option on the film rights to the animated television series in 1993. Ivan Reitman signed on to produce with a script by Matthew Weisman. Inspector Gadget moved to Disney. At one point, Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly were considered to direct. Martin Scorsese was considered to direct. Disney hired David Kellogg to direct, best known for "The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman" TV commercials and the Vanilla Ice film