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The Barefoot Executive

Kurt Russell  Actor Joe Flynn  Actor Harry Morgan  Actor Wally Cox  Actor Heather North  Actor

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Contains:Child Classic

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The Barefoot Executive

UPC: 786936278880

Studio: Walt Disney Video

MPAA Rating: G   Contains:[Child Classic]

Summary: At last the secret has been revealed! Prime-time network programming is determined by a chimpanzee! That's the premise of Disney's The Barefoot Executive, a highly amusing spoof of the TV bizz. Kurt Russell plays a page boy at a bottom-rated TV network. Stuck with his girl friend's (Heather North) pet chimp, Russell discovers that his hairy friend has a genuine gift for picking hit TV series. Appointed head of programming, Russell keeps the fact that the chimp is doing all the work hidden from the public. But when his former boss Joe Flynn and his rival John Ritter find out, all heck breaks loose (we'd say "all hell", but this is a Disney flick). A strong supporting cast of comic "regulars"-Wally Cox, Harry Morgan, Alan Hewitt, Hayden Rorke et al.--keeps The Barefoot Executive moving at a fast clip ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Comedy

Features: Dolby Digital mono sound
Full screen (1.33:1)

The Barefoot Executive

Format: DVD

Release Date: 04/12/2005

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 96 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. The Big Premiere [8:55]
2. A Surefire Approach [5:56]
3. Jen's New Roomate [9:16]
4. Big Plans for Raffles [7:40]
5. Network Pitch [9:05]
6. The Screening [7:12]
7. Man of the Year [8:51]
8. Spy in the House [8:37]
9. Wild Monkey Chase [7:30]
10. Two on a Ledge [8:13]
11. Million-Dollar Chimp [7:15]
12. A Happy Return [7:04]

Craig Butler

From its "swinging" title song to its motorcycle-riding hero, The Barefoot Executive is a likeable, harmless little family diversion that younger audiences especially will enjoy. Older audiences will find it much more palatable than many other kid flicks, as well, thanks to a screenplay that has a little more originality to it than many other Disney offerings of the era. That's not to say that the screenplay is great; many of the situations are predictable and/or incredible and/or manipulative. But the basic premise is amusing, and the writers have come up with some fairly fresh twists here and there to keep things hopping. Barefoot also has Kurt Russell on hand, turning in one of his patented appealing performances. He's in very fine form here, as a young man with ideas and ambition who finds himself with a rare opportunity and an ethical dilemma. It's a part that Russell knew how to play perfectly, allowing the character to do a few things that were ethically questionable yet still maintaining audience sympathy throughout. The supporting cast features such character stalwarts as Joe Flynn, Harry Morgan and Wally Cox, turning in their usually dependable performances and helping to shore up some of the weaker elements in the story. Robert Butler's direction is crisp and direct, and he even keeps the "funny animal" routine from getting too cutesy. The sum is a very pleasant, nicely amusing, definitely family friendly little film. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Ed Reimers  Actor 
Jack Bender  Actor 
Hal Baylor  Actor 
Edward Faulkner  Actor 
Ed Prentiss  Actor 
Anthony Teague  Actor 
Bill Daily  Actor 
Alan Hewitt  Actor 
Vince Howard  Actor 
Iris Adrian  Actor 
Glenn Dixon  Actor 
J.B. Douglas  Actor 
Howard Culver  Actor 
Sandra Gould  Actor 
Pete L. Renoudet  Actor 
Eve Brent  Actor 
Tristram Coffin  Actor 
James Flavin  Actor 
Raffles  Actor 
Dave Willock  Actor 
Fabian Dean  Actor 
George Neise  Actor 
Hayden Rorke  Actor 
Tom Anfinsen  Actor 
Morgan Farley  Actor 
Judson Pratt  Actor 
Robert Shayne  Actor 
"Smiling" Jack Smith  Actor 
Bill Anderson  Producer 
Robert F. Brunner  Composer (Music Score) 
Robert Butler  Director 
Joseph L. McEveety  Screenwriter 
Kurt Russell  Actor 
Joe Flynn  Actor 
Harry Morgan  Actor 
Wally Cox  Actor 
Heather North  Actor 
John Ritter  Actor 

Country: USA