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FULL SYNOPSIS

John Hughes continues the trend he began with the John Hughes 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 John Hughes 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:June 24, 1993

Cast

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

Crew

Nick Castle, Jr.
Director
Richard Vane
Producer
John Hughes
Producer
John Hughes
Screenwriter
Reed Smoot
Cinematographer
Thomas E. Ackerman
Cinematographer
Flemming Olsen
Cinematographer
Steve Yaconelli
Cinematographer
Jerry Goldsmith
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Heim
Editor
James D. Bissell
Production Designer
Michael Baugh
Art Director
William Ryan
Associate Producer
Ernest Chambers
Executive Producer
Karen Fletcher
Set Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
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