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Dennis the Menace

Dennis the Menace

Walter Matthau
Director: Nick Castle Jr. Cast: Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
, Mason Gamble
Mason Gamble
, Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
Nick Castle Jr.

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John Hughes continues the trend he began with the Home Alone series in Dennis the Menace, the Hughes-scripted film version of Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip, cartoon show, and television comedy. The film opens as Dennis (Mason Gamble) is seen careening down a sidewalk in a beautiful and idealistic suburban town on his training-wheeled bike -- cans on string clattering behind him, baseball cards flapping in the spokes of the wheel, his red wagon filled to the brim and his dog following him. "Hey! Mister Wilson!" he screams and slams his bike to a halt in front of his much put-upon neighbor, Mr. Wilson (Walter Matthau). Half of the film concerns vignettes of small-town Hank Ketcham life as Dennis' mom Alice (Lea Thompson) starts a new job, Dennis stays over at his friend Margaret's (Amy Sakasitz) house, and Mr. Wilson and his gentle, well-meaning wife, Martha (Joan Plowright), mind Dennis during the night of a big garden party. Through all this, Dennis continually gets into Mr. Wilson's hair. But then the Home Alone plot kicks in -- with an unsubtle dose of O. Henry -- when Switchblade Sam (Christopher Lloyd) makes an appearance. Switchblade Sam is a homeless drifter who combs the neighborhood stealing purses and small home items. But when Switchblade Sam steals Mr. Wilson's collection of gold coins, Dennis comes to the rescue and inflicts Dennis the Menace-type tortures upon the thief in order to reclaim the coins for Mr. Wilson.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2007
UPC: 0085391200239
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 5,232

Special Features

TV special: A Menace Named Dennis; Making-of featurette; Memories of a Menace, a 10-years-later visit with Mason Gamble; Conversations with Walter Matthau and John Hughes; Trailers of this and Dennis the Menace Strikes Again; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC: Garbage Contraption game and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Matthau Mr. Wilson
Mason Gamble Dennis Mitchell
Joan Plowright Mrs. Martha Wilson
Christopher Lloyd Switchblade Sam
Lea Thompson Alice Mitchell
Robert Stanton Henry Mitchell
Paul Winfield Chief of Police
Amy Sakasitz Margaret Wade
Kellen Hathaway Joey
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Ben Stein Boss
Devin Ratray Mickey
Melinda Mullins Andrea
Billie Bird Edith Butterwell
Bill Erwin Edward Little
Arnold Stang Photographer
Daiana Campeanu Babysitter
Natasha Lyonne Polly

Technical Credits
Nick Castle Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Baugh Art Director
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Ernest Chambers Executive Producer
Karen Fletcher Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Alan Heim Editor
John Hughes Producer,Screenwriter
Bridget Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Flemming Olsen Cinematographer
David L. Parrish Camera Operator
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
William Ryan Associate Producer
Reed Smoot Cinematographer
Richard Vane Producer
Steven Wolff Art Director
Steve Yaconelli Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dennis the Menace
1. "Hey, Mr. Wilson!" (Credits) [3:04]
2. Well-Aimed Medicine [5:53]
3. A Menace [3:01]
4. Decorating Plans [4:44]
5. Evening the Odds [1:48]
6. Switchblade Sam [1:04]
7. Where Babies Come From [3:51]
8. Casing the Neighborhood [2:01]
9. Tastes Funny [3:54]
10. Fun After Dark [5:36]
11. Smile [4:19]
12. Eye of the Law [1:36]
13. Babysitter Blues [3:55]
14. All Figured Out [2:42]
15. The Medicine Chest [1:50]
16. Winken; Blinken and Nod [2:30]
17. Bathroom Triple Whammy [5:57]
18. The Attic [1:52]
19. Tragedy of Magnitude [2:32]
20. Cheek Pinchers; A Mistake [3:09]
21. No Use for Dennis [3:20]
22. Runaway; Second Thoughts [2:29]
23. Sam and His Hostage [3:29]
24. Doing It Dennis's Way [2:43]
25. Full of Beans [2:39]
26. Burning Sensation [2:59]
27. Catching a Train [2:52]
28. Our Dennis Mitchell [4:08]
29. The Unexpected [1:09]
30. End Credits [4:34]

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