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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

At Medfield College, an accident with a donated computer gives Dexter Riley the ability to remember any knowledge learned instantly and perfectly.

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Robert Butler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Dexter
Cesar Romero ... A.J. Arno
Joe Flynn ... Dean Higgins
William Schallert ... Professor Quigley
Alan Hewitt ... Dean Collingsgood
Richard Bakalyan ... Chillie Walsh
Debbie Paine ... Annie
Frank Webb ... Pete Oatzel
Michael McGreevey ... R. Schuyler
Jon Provost ... Bradley
Frank Welker ... Henry Fathington
Alexander Clarke Alexander Clarke ... Myles Miller
Bing Russell ... Angelo
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Moderator (as Pat Harrington)
Fabian Dean Fabian Dean ... Little Mac
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Storyline

Some college students manage to persuade the town's big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college. When the problem- student, Dexter Riley, tries to fix the computer, he gets an electric shock and his brain turns to a computer; now he remembers everything he reads. Unfortunately, he also remembers information which was in the computer's memory, like the illegal business Arno is involved in. Written by Krister Walfridsson <cato@df.lth.se>

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A college sophomore crosses wires with a computer...and electrifies the establishment! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'ordinateur en folie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The picture was the "first of Disney's carbon-copy comedies" according to film critic Leonard Maltin. See more »

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After being spray painted by the kids and driving through the haystack, Arno's face is red, but his hair isn't. Later, in the studio his hair does have some red paint in it. See more »

Quotes

Dean Higgins: Oh, you don't know him. You don't know him at all! The man is ruthless! He gets all that taxpayers' money, and still he's ruthless!
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Everybody Wants A Piece Of Kurt
27 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Kurt Russell era at Disney Studios started with The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes which is a misleading title. Because when Russell gets shocked and the computer knowledge and memory retention is programmed into him, he's not wearing tennis shoes. In fact if he had he would not have been grounded and would have gotten the electric shock.

Although Kurt had appeared in several Disney features with this one he started starring in them on a regular basis and eventually quite properly worried that he would be fatally typecast in Dexter Riley type parts. Fortunately for his career he wasn't.

But for about 8 years or so after this film he was Disney's all American kid lead in a lot of teen comedies. Seeing Kurt and his fellow students at Medfield College you would hardly know there was anything like a counterculture war going on with kids doing things like tuning in, turning on, and dropping out, to dodging the draft, to protesting at the Pentagon.

Here the kids are doing nothing more than trying to aid their favorite professor William Schallert from hidebound Dean Joe Flynn. But after the computer comes and it's a large machine and Russell gets shocked from it, everybody wants a piece of him with his retentive memory. Including the guy who owned the computer gangster Cesar Romero. He forgot to erase the files of his business and when Russell starts blurting out his private information on a college bowl show on television, Romero decides he's got to be eliminated.

I won't say more other than Russell finds out who is friends really are. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (who really didn't) is an innocuous and quaint Disney film. I think the younger generation who now own their own or have access to same in schools and libraries will get a laugh out of Joe Flynn's reluctance to enter the modern age and the monstrosity of a machine he bought.


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