The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995 film)
|The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes|
Joseph L. McEveety
|Written by||Ryan Rowe|
|Directed by||Peyton Reed|
|Music by||Philip Giffin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Joseph B. Wallenstein|
|Cinematography||Russ T. Alsobrook|
|Running time||87 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original release||February 18, 1995|
|Preceded by||The Shaggy Dog|
|Followed by||Escape to Witch Mountain|
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a 1995 American made-for-television comedy science fiction film and a remake of the 1969 film of the same name produced by Walt Disney Television which premiered on February 18, 1995 as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. It is the second in a series of four remakes of Disney live-action films produced for broadcast on ABC during the 1994–95 television season.
Directed by Peyton Reed, it stars Kirk Cameron in the lead role of Dexter Riley, a boy who becomes an instant genius, wired directly into the Internet. The film also co-stars Larry Miller and Dean Jones plays the role of an evil dean from a competing school.
- Kirk Cameron as Dexter Riley
- Larry Miller as Dean Al Valentine
- Dean Jones as Dean Webster Carlson
- Jason Bernard as Prof. Miles Quigley
- Andrew Woodworth as Will Rafferty
- Anne Tremko as Sarah Matthews
- Matthew McCurley as Norwood Gills is the main antagonist of the movie.
- Jeff Maynard as Gozin
- Charles Lane as Regent Yarborough
- Paul Dooley as Sen. Thatch
- Dan Castellaneta as Alan Winsdale
Variety gave the film a moderately positive review, calling it an "utterly silly yarn" that "lacks the zaniness of the original", and complimented Larry Miller's performance. People gave it a B+ rating and called it a "fun, facile remake" with a good cast.
- Barbara De Witt, "For New Role, Cameron Puts Shoes On", Los Angeles Daily News, February 7, 1995 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- Susan King, "Retro : Mr. Jones: No Longer Mr. Nice Guy", Los Angeles Times, February 12, 1995.
- John P. McCarthy, "Review: 'The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes'", Variety, February 15, 1995.
- David Hiltbrand, "Picks and Pans Review: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes", People, February 20, 1995.