Billy Madison

February 10th, 1995


Billy Madison

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In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.3/10 (51,694 voted)

Critic's Score: 16/100

Director: Tamra Davis

Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Billy Madison is the 27 year-old son of Bryan Madison, a very rich man who has made his living in the hotel industry. Billy stands to inherit his father's empire but only if he can make it through all 12 grades, 2 weeks per grade, to prove that he has what it takes to run the family business.

Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler - Billy Madison
Darren McGavin - Brian Madison
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras - Veronica Vaughn (as Bridgette Wilson)
Bradley Whitford - Eric Gordon
Josh Mostel - Principal Max Anderson
Norm MacDonald - Frank
Mark Beltzman - Jack
Larry Hankin - Carl Alphonse
Theresa Merritt - Juanita
Dina Platias - Miss Lippy
Hrant Alianak - Pete
Vincent Marino - Cook
Jack Mather - Ted 'Old Man' Clemens
Christopher Kelk - Rollo the Janitor
Marc Donato - Nodding 1st Grader

Taglines: There's a new name for dumb.

Release Date: 10 February 1995

Filming Locations: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Gross: $25,588,750 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Charles Bronson turned down the role of Billy Madison's father.

Continuity: When they are on the bus for the field trip, the shots inside the bus clearly show that it is a short bus, while the shots of it on the road show the bus as full size.

[first lines]
Billy Madison: [sings] # Suntan lotion is good for me. / You protect me, hee-hee-hee. #

User Review

Stop looking at me, Swan!

Rating: 8/10

What can I possibly say? This is no "Citizen Kane," but this is one of the movies that sticks out in my mind the most. It's a twisted, crude, tasteless comedy but never ceases to bring out extreme laughter, even after I've seen it approximately 200 times--give or take. I just cannot get tired of this movie! There are things in this movie that cannot be understood, like every Sandler flick. What the hell was the deal with the penguin? However, it's a memorable moment. There are so many memorable quotes from the film. It's one of those movies I can quote line per line off the top of my head.

Here's a share of my favorite quotes:

(singing) "Suntan lotion is good for me. You protect me. Tee-hee-hee."

"O'Doyle rules!"

"It's too damn hot for a penguin to be just walkin' around. I gotta send him back to the South Pole."

"You're giving the company to Eric? He is a bad, bad man."

Adam Sandler has that brand of comic genius in which you don't know what you're laughing at, but it's damn funny! You can't help it! I can't rant and rave about anything artistically brilliant about "Billy Madison." Yet it's one of my favorite movies of all time.

It's funny, it's original, it's Sandler! Nuff said.

My score: 8 (out of 10)


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