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Sidekicks (1992)

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A bullied teen who fantasizes about being Chuck Norris' sidekick trains in martial arts to fulfill his dreams.

Director:

Aaron Norris

Writers:

Lou Illar (story), Galen Thompson (screenplay) (as Donald G. Thompson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Chuck Norris
Beau Bridges ... Jerry Gabrewski
Jonathan Brandis ... Barry Gabrewski
Mako ... Mr. Lee
Julia Nickson ... Noreen Chan (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
Joe Piscopo ... Kelly Stone
Danica McKellar ... Lauren
John Buchanan John Buchanan ... Randy Cellini
Richard Moll ... Horn
Gerrit Graham ... Mapes
Dennis Burkley ... Hank
Dennis Letts ... Man with Dog
Christy Martin Christy Martin ... Female Student
David Born ... Businessman
Lawrence Joe Lawrence Joe ... Old Chinese Man
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Storyline

Barry is an asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of enjoyment is fantasizing that he is with Chuck Norris. Barry becomes sick of getting picked on by the bigger guys, and decides to learn karate, in hopes of one day meeting the great Chuck Norris. Written by Anonymous

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A dreamer and a champion. An unbeatable team...Until his hero stepped out of his fantasies to fight at his side.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A bajnok és a kölyök See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$250,003, 11 April 1993

Gross USA:

$17,180,393

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,180,393
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gallery Films, Vision PDG See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The white building seen in the background where Barry is training with the nunchucks is the former Blue Ribbon rice silo - the silo stood vacant for several years and was demolished in 1996; the former rice silo is the current location of the Memorial Heights subdivision, which is a townhouse community in close proximity to Downtown Houston. See more »

Goofs

The Frying Dragon team won the Weapons, Men's Fighting, and Breaking competitions and came in second in the Ladies' Kata. Yet somehow after that they manage to only be tied with Stone Dojo. See more »

Quotes

Barry: Nobody likes me. Why would he?
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Alternate Versions

The original UK video version has an entire scene removed, at the end of the film the nunchuck display that Barry Gabrewski does as part of the competition is missing due to censorship rules in the UK at that time. Additional cuts were made to other nunchaku and throwing stars footage, bringing the cuts total to 4 mins 38 secs. See more »


Soundtracks

Little Brown Jug
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Winner
Heard in the saloon daydream.
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Some good comedic moments.
25 April 2004 | by brandie_2007See all my reviews

The main reason I saw this movie was because of Jonathan Brandis who plays Berry. I thought the movie was ok. Some scenes were rather boring and some scenes were rather funny. I do however think it is a decent family film. It did have a nice message though. It really is ok to dream and have fantasies. That part affected me strongly because I think of myself as a "Dream Queen". I sort of can relate to Berry in many different ways. I must say that I love the part where Barry beats up the bully and says "This time it's not going to be so easy" and they get into a fight. Also the part where Berry climbs the rope and is talking to Chuck and then finally reaches the top of the rope.


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