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Encyclopedia > Death to Smoochy
Death To Smoochy
Directed by Danny DeVito
Produced by Andrew Lazar
Peter Macgregor-Scott
Written by Adam Resnick
Starring Robin Williams
Edward Norton
Danny DeVito
Catherine Keener
Jon Stewart
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Anastas N. Michos
Editing by Jon Poll
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) March 29, 2002
Running time 107 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $50,000,000
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Death to Smoochy is a 2002 dark comedy film starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton, and Catherine Keener. It also features Jon Stewart and Danny DeVito, who is also the film's director. Death to Smoochy is known for its mostly vulgar humor, particularly Williams' occasional cursing outbursts. This film also shows him playing a role very against type, as a corrupted, nearly psychopathic children's TV host. Death to Smoochy DVD cover This is a DVD cover. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... Adam Resnick is an American comedy writer, best known for his work writing for Late Night with David Letterman. ... Robin McLaurim Williams (born July 21, 1952)[1] is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian who has done television, stage, and film work. ... Edward Harrison Norton[1] (born August 18, 1969) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American film actor and director. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... Catherine Ann Keener (born March 26, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Not to be confused with John Stewart or John Stuart. ... David Newman (b. ... Warner Bros. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Robin McLaurim Williams (born July 21, 1952)[1] is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian who has done television, stage, and film work. ... Edward Harrison Norton[1] (born August 18, 1969) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American film actor and director. ... Catherine Ann Keener (born March 26, 1960 in Miami, Florida) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Not to be confused with John Stewart or John Stuart. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ...

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Plot summary

Rainbow Randolph (Williams) enjoys his life and career as a happy, although corrupt, children's television show host, but after being caught by a federal sting for accepting bribes from a mother who wants her child to appear on the show, he is fired in disgrace. His timeslot is filled by squeaky clean, but sappy, Sheldon Mopes, and his character, Smoochy the Rhino (Norton). Randolph finds himself unemployed and homeless, virtually outcast from television by his two-faced associate Marion Stokes (Stewart), a slimy TV executive. In an effort to return to his life in the spotlight, Randolph develops several insane schemes to sabotage the Smoochy show, turn the Rhino into a dead duck, and regain his time slot, as well as his status as a television icon. One of these schemes involves using several variations of the word penis live on the air, much to the horror of many. Black Rhino from Howletts Wild Animal Park For other uses, see Rhinoceros (disambiguation). ...


When not fighting for creative control, Sheldon tries to maintain a stable relationship with fellow employee Nora (Keener), who later becomes Sheldon's love interest. Upon hearing about this relationship, Randolph decides to make it known about the wild times that he and Nora once had, going as far as to comment on how "limber" Nora was. Somewhat of a warped love triangle develops, as Nora completely denies having any feelings for Rainbow anymore.

"What are you, blind? It's a cock!
"What are you, blind? It's a cock!

Beneath all of what is happening around him, Mopes engages in unwanted relationships with the Irish mob, as well as a charity run by Merv Green (Harvey Fierstein) that is more imposing than beneficial. The mob, headed by the sympathetic Tommy Cotter (Pam Ferris) confronts Sheldon in his new office, demanding that their close friend and former pro boxer Spinner get a spot on the Smoochy show. Smoochy, fearing for his life, accepts the "offer" and puts Spinner on the show. Spinner, after many years of taking blows to the head, is mentally handicapped and speaks like a very loud five-year-old, which disrupts the show's production continually. Meanwhile, a despondent Randolph is taken in by Angelo (Danny Woodburn), an old co-star during Randolph's reign as host. Robin Williams and Edward Norton in Death To Smoochy This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Robin Williams and Edward Norton in Death To Smoochy This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... The Irish Mob, or Irish Mafia, is one of the oldest organized crime groups in the United States, in existence since the early 19th century. ... Harvey Fierstein (born June 6, 1952) is a Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. ... Pam Ferris (born 1948) is an English actress. ... Danny Woodburn (born July 26, 1964) is an American actor. ...


The corrupt "Parade of Hope" Foundation comes into play as Burke Bennett (DeVito) purposely bumps into Sheldon- who is drinking orange juice- at a bar. Bennett comes forward with an offer to Sheldon for full executive control of the Smoochy show. Not knowing who Burke is associated with, the naive Mopes accepts. Burke does indeed get Sheldon full creative control, but later that week signs Smoochy up for a touring ice skating show. Sheldon strongly opposes the idea, claiming that it is unnecessary "bells, whistles, and ricket-a-racket-a". Bennett urges Mopes to reconsider, but to no avail. Later on, Sheldon is confronted by charity boss Merv Green (Fierstein), who twists Sheldon's arm into doing the ice show. Although Merv's life is abruptly ended when he orders a hit on Sheldon, that results in Spinner getting killed after his rhino costume is mistaken to be Sheldon. Tommy and her crew behead Merv in a story retold to Sheldon, who is aghast.


The show goes on, but what Smoochy does not know is that Burke, along with Stokes' assistance, has hired drug addict Buggy Ding Dong (Vincent Schiavelli), who is also a former kiddy show host, to take him out during the show with a sniper rifle. The assassin almost carries out his deed, until Rainbow (who has ultimately joined forces with Sheldon after realizing how charitable Sheldon is since he's down on his luck) finds out about the assassination attempt and stops it, killing Buggy in the process. After Sheldon realizes that Burke and Stokes set him up, he chases after Burke into an alleyway. A terrifyingly upset Sheldon threatens to kill Burke after the failed hit, enraged that he was setup up until Tommy and her men intercept, and she prevents Sheldon from shooting Burke. Stokes is also in their captivity and Tommy indicates that they'll eliminate Burke and Stokes, getting Sheldon to leave so he doesn't have to witness it. After a very uncharacteristic violent outburst, Sheldon finally sees eye to eye with Randolph. The two decide to join forces (with Nora as well) and continue the ice tour together as Rainbow Randolph and Smoochy the Rhino. Vincent Schiavelli and his then wife Allyce Beasley (September 20, 1987) Photo by Alan Light Vincent Andrew Schiavelli (November 10, 1948 – December 26, 2005) was an American character actor noted for his work in film and television. ...


Production

The movie was filmed in Toronto and New York City. Including Union Station, all of the TV studio scenes were shot at the Toronto Film Studios. The scenes involving ice-skating were filmed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Exterior signage as of 2006, with letters missing Maple Leaf Gardens was an indoor arena in Toronto, on the northwest corner of Carlton Street and Church Street. ...


Critical Reception and Box Office Results

The film was poorly received by most film critics. Though it received a wide release, playing in some 2,164 theaters its opening weekend in the United States, the film was a box office disaster, grossing $4,266,463 its opening weekend, and a mere $8,382,691 overall, with negligible foreign box office receipts.[1] Considering it had a production budget of some $50 million, Death to Smoochy was a financial failure. Danny DeVito begins the DVD audio commentary with the lines "Hello. It's Danny. It's been, um... I guess now a few months since the release of Death to Smoochy, so the mourning period is over." Despite all this, the movie has recently gained a cult following [citation needed]. On a DVD (or laserdisc), an audio commentary is a bonus track consisting of a lecture or comments by one or more speakers, who talk about the movie as it progresses. ... Margaret of Spain, Empress of Austria, in Mourning, 1666; note the children and servants in mourning dress behind her. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


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Notes

  • In the final scene when Smoochy and Randolph are flying in the show, Randolph does a move in the air that Robin Williams did in the movie Hook in which he portrayed the adult version of Peter Pan.

Hook is a 1991 family action/adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. ...

Trivia

  • Jon Stewart often mentions the fact that he was the "fourth male lead" in the movie as an example of his acting ability or lack thereof as he suggests. The film is a frequent in-joke of self-deprecating humor on The Daily Show.

Self-deprecation is a form of humor in which people or comedians make jokes about themselves, their shortcomings, or their culture, usually without being guided by any underlying self-esteem issues. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning American satirical television program produced by and airing on Comedy Central. ...

Taglines

  • He's Big, He's Blue, He's Smoochy... and He's got to DIE!
  • Get ready for an unexpected hit.
  • It's the rhino vs. the wino... with a little help from the mob.

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Death to Smoochy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (709 words)
Death to Smoochy (2002) is a dark comedy film starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton, and Catherine Keener.
Death to Smoochy is known for its mostly dry and vulgar humor, particularly Williams' occasional cursing outbursts.
The show goes on, but what Smoochy does not know is that Burke has hired a drug addict (also a former kiddy show host) to take him out during the show with a sniper rifle.
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