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Black Sheep (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 February 1996 (USA)
A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job is to make sure the candidate's well-meaning but incompetent brother doesn't ruin the election.

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Penelope Spheeris

Writer:

Fred Wolf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Farley ... Mike Donnelly
David Spade ... Steve Dodds
Tim Matheson ... Al Donnelly
Christine Ebersole ... Governor Tracy
Gary Busey ... Drake Sabitch
Grant Heslov ... Robbie Mieghem
Timothy Carhart ... Roger Kovary
Bruce McGill ... Neuschwander
Michael Patrick Carter ... Scott Colleary
Boyd Banks ... Clyde Spinoza
David St. James ... Motorcycle Cop
Skip O'Brien ... State Trooper
Branden Morgan ... Fan (as Branden R. Morgan)
'Gypsy' Spheeris 'Gypsy' Spheeris ... Pocket Pool Lady
John Ashker ... Jim Blaine
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Storyline

Comedy about the prospective Washington State Governor Al Donnelly whose only stumbling block on the road to power is his embarrassing younger brother Mike. To keep him out of mischief, Al forces one of his aides, Steve Dodds to keep an eye on him during the election. However, this is easier said than done... Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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There's one in every family.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude language and humor, drug-related material and sexual innuendo | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ovelha Negra See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,593,609, 4 February 1996

Gross USA:

$32,417,995

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,417,995
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bruce McGill and Tim Matheson also starred in Animal House, making them the only actors to star with Chris Farley and his idol John Belushi. See more »

Goofs

When Mike is being dragged behind a car by his tie in the grocery store parking lot, the harness that he's wearing is visible in close ups. See more »

Quotes

Motorcycle Cop: [Steve and Mike are high on nitrous oxide and have been pulled over] Do you have any idea how fast you were going back there?
Mike: [Acting casual] Sixty? Sixty five tops?
Motorcycle Cop: *Seven!*
[Mike reacts]
Motorcycle Cop: Seven miles an hour.
Motorcycle Cop: And normally, when I stop people, they pull on the shoulder!
[Mike is shown to have stopped and pulled over onto the center line]
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Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Marmalade
by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
Performed by LaBelle
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Minor Criticisms
1 January 2014 | by JulietteChicoSee all my reviews

Not enough character development on Spade's character; would have wanted to know more about why he's doing it. Not much info on his relationship with Al Donnelly; e.g.: how good was he at his job, and why Donnelly was so quick to let him have the job with Mike. Lack of time, I guess, but I would have wanted to know more.

Farley was definitely the star of the movie, which meant I had to rewind to catch the funnier moments with Spade, if the two were in the same shot. Couldn't help but think Farley wasn't all that fat in this movie, for all the fat jokes.

Error alert: almost immediately after Mike falls on Steve in the bunk bed scene, the bed is magically in one piece.


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