The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995 film)

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995) TV release poster.jpg
Official advertisement poster
  • Comedy
  • Family
  • Sci-Fi
Based onthe feature film written by Joseph L. McEveety
Written byJoseph L. McEveety and Ryan Rowe
Directed byPeyton Reed
StarringKirk Cameron
Music byPhilip Giffin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersGeorge Zaloom
Les Mayfield
Scott Immergut
ProducerJoseph B Wallenstein
Production locationLos Angeles
CinematographyRuss Alsobrook
EditorJeff Gourson
Running time87 minutes
Production companyWalt Disney Television
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 18, 1995 (1995-02-18)
Preceded byThe Shaggy Dog
Followed byEscape to Witch Mountain

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a 1995 American made-for-television science fiction comedy film and a remake of the 1969 film of the same name produced by Walt Disney Television which premiered on February 18, 1995 as an ABC Family Movie. 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, the other three being The Shaggy Dog, Escape to Witch Mountain, and Freaky Friday.[1]

Directed by Peyton Reed in his directorial debut, 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.[2]


Cast as listed in end credits[edit]

  • Christin Hinojosa as Penelope
  • Eric Schaeffer as Rich Prentiss
  • Jeff Garlin as Agent Reese
  • Eddie Deezen as Agent Tucker
  • Norris Young as Rathouser # 7
  • John Wesley as Dr. Freeman
  • Sean Gavigan as Prof. Knowlton
  • Janet Rotblatt as Prof. Goldstein
  • Adrian Ricard as Mrs. Weaver
  • Joe Minjares as Brazilian
  • Iqbal Theba as Sri Lankan
  • Darshanie Bruite as Princess Ahmiri
  • John Petlock as Maitre'D
  • Paul Barselou as Regent Mears
  • Frank Bausmith as Gent
  • Renee Ridgeley as Mother
  • Josh Wolford as Boy
  • Lelia Goldoni as Hale Club Woman
  • Jeffrey Lampert as Stage Manager
  • Peyton Reed as Policeman


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.[3] People gave it a B+ rating and called it a "fun, facile remake" with a good cast.[4]


  1. ^ Barbara De Witt, "For New Role, Cameron Puts Shoes On", Los Angeles Daily News, February 7, 1995  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  2. ^ Susan King, "Retro : Mr. Jones: No Longer Mr. Nice Guy", Los Angeles Times, February 12, 1995.
  3. ^ John P. McCarthy, "Review: 'The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes'", Variety, February 15, 1995.
  4. ^ David Hiltbrand, "Picks and Pans Review: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes", People, February 20, 1995.

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