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Directed by Ronald F. Maxwell
Produced by Frank Yablans
David Niven, Jr.
Written by Bennett Tramer
Starring Scott Schwartz
Clifton James
Charles Hallahan
Maggie Blye
Cinnamon Idles
Tristine Skyler
Elizabeth Gorcey
Basil Hoffman
Phil Rubenstein
Vincent Schiavelli
Mahlon Richmond
Allan Rich
Ron Rifkin
Benny Baker
Ken Magee
Music by Michael Small
Cinematography Paul Lohmann
Edited by David E. McKenna
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • April 13, 1984 (1984-04-13)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Kidco is a 1984 comedy film directed by Ronald F. Maxwell and starring Scott Schwartz, Clifton James, Charles Hallahan, Maggie Blye, and Vincent Schiavelli.


A little boy named Dickie Cessna, who lives at a country club where his father works decides to make some extra money by selling composted horse manure as fertilizer, and has his three sisters, Nene, June and Bette (two of which are older) join him in the enterprise. As their sales increase, they draw increased scrutiny from the IRS and state tax board, as well as the large scale competitor who seeks to put them out of business at any cost.

The children eventually fight a court case brought against them by the IRS. They are able to prove that the fertilizer is not taxable as tax had already been paid on the horse feed before the horses processed it into manure, removing one of the counts brought upon them. They eventually plead guilty to the others, which allows them to stay in business, to the consternation of the adult competitor.


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