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Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell), a handsome but bumbling Medfield College student, accidentally becomes The Computer Who Knew Too Much when he is effortlessly transformed from half-wit to genius in an electriyfing computer mishap. Gamblers, gangsters, and greedy college deans are quick to fight for control of his computer-like brain ... especially when Dexter nonchalantly starts blabbing the syndicate's secrets! A riotous comedy, programmed for hours of laughter and fun!|This is the first motion picture in which Kurt Russell appears with his father, Bing. Bing had appeared in more than 500 T.V. shows when he accepted the part of Angelo, a hired gun for the mob.|At the time of filming (1969), Kurt was being scouted by the San Francisco Giants, then a semiprofessional baseball team.|Technical adviser Ko Suzuki, who was working on the Walt Disney World Project at the time, was called on to design and program some of the electronic equipment that was needed and create graphs showing comparisons of the human mind and computer for use in Professor Quigley's classroom lecture scene.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medG G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Item model number : 2259458
- Director : Robert Butler
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Release date : January 14, 2003
- Actors : Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Richard Bakalyan, Joe Flynn, Pat Harrington
- Language : Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Disney Home Video
- ASIN : B00007GZZT
- Writers : Joseph McEveety
- Number of discs : 1
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FILM Review 4 stars - This is the first in a series of 3 movies about a great group of students at the fictional Medfield College, led by the likable Dexter Riley (Kurt Russell). The sequels are "Now You See him, Now You Don't" and my favorite, "The Strongest Man in the World". They were always at odds with the bumbling Dean Higgins (Joe Flynn), who was determined that the kids are up to no good. In this story, the school is in financial trouble, running out of cash. The students and Professor Quigley, (William Schallert), talk a philanthropist businessman (Cesar Romero) into donating a computer to their school, they have no idea he is a criminal boss looking for a place to get rid of it. Then an accident in the lab joins a new computers memory bank into the human mind of student Dexter, making him super intelligent. Soon he is a star, and Dexter's new celebrity status takes him all over the world, even to the United Nations. He is fawned over everywhere he goes, lavished with praise and attention. Of course this makes him start to ignore his friends, but he finally figures out that people are just using him and comes back home to help the school by winning money on a college academic quiz show series where he can win the money to save the school. While they win nearly every game, the bumbling Dean of Medfield really wants to beat his old rival, the Dean of another college. Dexter rolls off every answer with no effort, until a certain question triggers a computer-like response, with Dexter rolling off a series of numbers in an automaton-like trance. Turns out these numbers are from a criminal betting ring that had used the computer at one time. The criminal boss figures out he is at risk and makes Dexter disappear, and his old friend have to try to rescue him. This is a fun family film, with a good storyline full of laughs but not in the slapstick pratfalls that many Walt Disney movies had at the time. It has a lot of heart, with nice pacing and is never boring. Great animated opening title sequence with the catchy title song.
TRIVIA & BEHIND THE SCENES: Directed by Robert Butler. This movie was originally planned for television and so it was filmed in full-screen, but the end product turned out better than they hoped and the studio released it in theatres. It was hugely popular with young people. This movie series helped to make Kurt Russell a big name in Hollywood, this was his 4th Disney theatrical film in addition to his Disney TV work. Kids today would be amazed to see that the computer in the movie practically fills a whole room, but probably lacked the computing power and memory of today's laptops. The original movie poster promoting the film had the tag line, "Programmed for Laughs". Kurt Russell performed for a 45 record of the title song in 1969. By the way, "Medfield College" was also the name of the college in a previous Disney film, "The Absent-Minded professor", it's sequel "Son of Flubber", and the modern Robin Williams version "Flubber". Originally released to theaters in December 31, 1969, it runs 91 minutes long. It aired in two parts on the "Wonderful World of Disney", on September 17, and 24, 1972, and re-aired in 1980. It was broadcast as a 2 hour movie in 1977. First released on video in 1985.
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The film is also the first in a series of Disney productions set at the Medfield College, and featuring Russell in the lead role; if you like this then you should also check out ‘Now you see me, Now you don’t’, and ‘The Strongest Man in the World’.
sure it's a bit far fetched and corny but if you want to relax and enjoy some innocent silliness then this film is for you.
Ambientato nel classico college americano un gruppo di ragazzi non proprio virtuosi spiano le riunioni del rettore con i professori per carpire quali novità arriveranno nella scuola. Il loro sogno è di disporre di un computer per le lezioni, con un pò di furbizia riescono a farselo recapitare, sarà solo l'inizio di una simpatica commedia fantastica.
Il comparto video di questo DVD è molto buono, meno male che ogni tanto anche il supporto DVD da i suoi frutti nonostante l'età. La colorimetria è la classica pastellata dell'epoca, molto appagante. Ottima la luminosità.
Visione a tutto schermo con un formato 1.33:1
Il comparto audio, addirittura in DD 5.1, chiaramente la resa è quel che è!! Comunque la qualità è discreta, impensabile ottenere grandi performance, resta comunque soddisfacente.
Il film ha due sequel sempre con Kurt Russel e altri interpreti di questo film; Spruzza, sparisci e spara e L'uomo più forte del mondo, attualmente non disponibili sul supporto DVD.