Theodore Rex (film)
Theodore Rex DVD cover
|Directed by||Jonathan Betuel|
|Produced by||Richard Gilbert Abramson
|Written by||Jonathan Betuel|
|Music by||Robert Folk|
|Editing by||Steve Mirkovich
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
July 2, 1996
July 27, 1996
August 26, 1996
|Running time||92 minutes|
Theodore Rex, also known as T. Rex, is a 1995 buddy cop/science fiction/family film written and directed by Jonathan Betuel and starring Whoopi Goldberg. Though originally intended for theatrical release, the film went direct-to-video, and consequently became the most expensive direct-to-video film ever made at the time of its release.
The film was not well received, and saw Whoopi Goldberg being nominated for Worst Actress at the 1996 Golden Raspberry Awards (as well as for Bogus and Eddie). Despite this, it was listed on the Billboard "Top Video Rentals" list for three weeks in August 1996, peaking at #34. It is the first, and so far only, direct-to-video movie to receive any sort of Razzie nomination.
In an alternate futuristic society, a tough female police detective is paired with a talking dinosaur to find the killer of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals leading them to a ruthless billionaire bent on killing off mankind by creating a new ice age.
|Whoopi Goldberg||Katie Coltrane|
|Armin Mueller-Stahl||Elizar Kane|
|Juliet Landau||Dr. Veronica Shade|
|George Newbern||Theodore Rex (voice)|
|Carol Kane||Molly Rex (voice)|
|Richard Roundtree||Commissioner Lynch|
|Jan Rabson||Tina Rex (voice)|
|Charles Chiodo||Guy in the Bag (voice)|
Theodore Rex received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences, earning no Rotten Tomatoes approval rating, but a Want-To-See score of 22%. Super Reviewer Luke Baldock called it "a horrific mess of a movie. It starts with an opening crawl and narration that tells us "Once upon a time in the future..." already it's losing me." Another Super Reviewer Donnie Darko claimed that the film "falls into the just plain awful category and one of the most bizarre movies Hollywood ever made."
Though Whoopi Goldberg had made a verbal agreement to star in the film in October 1992, she attempted to back out. Abramson filed a US$20 million lawsuit against Goldberg, which they settled very quickly. Goldberg agreed to star in the film for $7 million, $2 million more than the originally agreed-upon amount.
The film was originally intended for theatrical release in North America; New Line Cinema initially wanted to release it to coincide with Goldberg's hosting stint at the Academy Awards that year. New Line ultimately decided that it was in their best interests to release the film direct-to-video. This decision came as a result of failed test screenings in Las Vegas, Memphis, Portland and Providence. The film's $33.5 million budget made it the most expensive direct-to-video release at that time.
Theodore Rex's international sales agent decided to avoid New Line's strategy and pre-sold the film for theatrical bookings in every foreign country except Italy.
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