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Leave It to Beaver (1997)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 22 August 1997 (USA)
The several misadventures and life-lessons learned by 8-year-old Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in an entertaining and hilarious tale of a small-town Ohio family and the daily trials and tribunes of life.

Director:

Andy Cadiff

Writers:

Bob Mosher (television series), Joe Connelly (television series) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher McDonald ... Ward
Janine Turner ... June
Cameron Finley ... Beaver
Erik von Detten ... Wally
Adam Zolotin ... Eddie
Barbara Billingsley ... Aunt Martha
Ken Osmond ... Eddie Sr.
Frank Bank Frank Bank ... Frank
Erika Christensen ... Karen
Alan Rachins ... Fred Rutherford
E.J. De la Pena E.J. De la Pena ... Larry Mondello (as E.J. De La Pena)
Justin Restivo Justin Restivo ... Lumpy
Geoff Pierson ... Coach Gordon
Louis Martin Braga III ... Gilbert Bates (as Louis Braga)
Glenn Walker Harris Jr. ... Punk
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Storyline

The Cleavers are an all-American family living in Ohio - wise father Ward, loving mother June, teen-age son Wally and 8-year-old "Beaver" Theodore. Beaver hopes to get a bike as a gift from his father and to please him tries out for his school football team and he makes it, only to be embarrassed. The bike he gets is quickly stolen. Meanwhile Wally is trying to help his friend Eddie Haskell to get the heart of pretty classmate Karen, but Karen seems to like Wally more, and that leads to tensions between the friends. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The Beav is back.

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some elements of sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leave It to Beaver See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,252,450, 24 August 1997

Gross USA:

$10,925,060

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,925,060
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the scenes used for the movie, were taken from some of the shows original episodes. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film when The Beaver is up in his bedroom polishing his bike Wally walks in and there is nothing on his bedroom door. A few seconds later when his parents walk in the is a large framed newspaper article hanging on the door. See more »

Quotes

Karen: You're SUCH a nice guy
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Connections

Referenced in Insertion (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Hollywood Shuffle
Written by Robert Hackl (as Bob Hackl)
Performed by Flight 19
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They Call This 'Wholesome?'
16 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As someone who grew up watching "Leave It To Beaver" on television, and now on DVD, this "upgraded" movie version is disgusting.

Out-of-touch movie critics like Porter & Martin, who have a best-selling paperback book each year of short movie reviews of anything on tape or disc, called this "wholesome" fun. In fact, they said it was so wholesome kids of today might not want to see it, meaning it was too goody-goody for them. This shows you how out-of-touch film critics can be because compared to that 1950s show, this is HARDLY a wholesome movie.

In this LITB, the young guys are all after girls and sex, use the word "suck" all the time and the story is filled with 1990s-type Hollywood portrayals and comments (Beaver was excited because he saw an R-rated movie, etc.)

Overall, it's still a kid's movie and Cameron Finley is "cute" as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver and his parents are nice, but there are too may moral problems with this version. Stick to the TV shows, especially now that the first two seasons on DVD. Those are fantastic.


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