Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

September 5th, 2003


Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

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Still of Mary McCormack and David Spade in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star(Left to right) Mary McCormack, Scott Terra, Jenna Boyd, Craig Bierko and David Spade.(Front row, left to right) Tony Dow, Erin Moran, Adam Rich, Ron Palillo, Charlene Tilton, Eddie Mekka, Ernest Thomas, Fred Berry, Barry Livingston,  (second row, left to right) Rodney Allen Rippy, Butch Patrick-Lilly, Willie Aames,  Jeremy Miller, Jay North, Chris Knight, Haywood Nelson, (third row, left to right) Barry Williams, Todd Bridges, Paul Petersen, Jeff Conaway and Leif Garrett as themselvesSam Weisman in Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarStill of Rob Reiner and David Spade in Dickie Roberts: Former Child StarStill of Alyssa Milano and David Spade in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star

A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.4/10 (8,077 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: Sam Weisman

Stars: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Alyssa Milano

TV child star of the '70s, Dickie Roberts is now 35 and parking cars. Craving to regain the spotlight, he auditions for a role of a normal guy, but the director quickly sees he is anything but normal. Desperate to win the part, Dickie hires a family to help him replay his childhood and assume the identity of an average, everyday kid. Several folk who are also involved in Dickie's special world include: Sidney, Dickie's longtime friend and agent; Cyndi, his on-again, off-again girlfriend; Peggy, Dickie's real mother; George, Dickie's adopted father figure; and Grace, his adopted mother figure.

Writers: Fred Wolf, David Spade

David Spade - Dickie Roberts
Mary McCormack - Grace Finney
Craig Bierko - George Finney
Scott Terra - Sam Finney
Jenna Boyd - Sally Finney
John Farley - Referee
Bobby Slayton - Commentator
Michael Buffer - Himself
Fred Wolf - Dickie's Corner Man
Alyssa Milano - Cyndi
Emmanuel Lewis - Himself
Joey Diaz - Emmanuel's Entourage (as Joey 'Coco' Diaz)
Kevin Grevioux - Emmanuel's Entourage
Brian Clark - Guy in Car
Leif Garrett - Himself

Taglines: 50 million people used to watch him on TV. Now he washes their cars.


Official Website: Paramount |

Release Date: 5 September 2003

Filming Locations: 741 S Hudson Ave, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,660,540 (USA) (7 September 2003) (2026 Screens)

Gross: $22,734,486 (USA) (23 November 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The rabbit incident is based on an oft-repeated 20th-century urban legend.

Continuity: When Grace puts the cereal box in front of Dickie, she puts it where he would get it with his left hand. When he gets the cereal box, it's placed where he picks it up with his right hand.

Dickie Roberts: [after seeing bump on receptionist's head] Yikes!... I mean, not yikes. I mean what bump?

User Review

I swear it was great, and I have no connection to this production.

Rating: 9/10

It was a hot day and I decided to hit a movie. "Dickie Roberts" just happened to start at the right time for me. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Great script, perfectly cast (especially the kids) and it was really kinda heartwarming.

If you're a pop culture nut, you'll get a big kick outta seeing all the former child stars in the poker scene and then again at the end (stay for the credits).

Spade completely pulls it off. Lovitz is his usual outstanding (but then again I'm a big Lovitz fan).

Go see it. C'mon, go ahead.


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