Theodore Rex (film)
Theodore Rex DVD cover
|Directed by||Jonathan Betuel|
|Produced by||Richard Gilbert Abramson
|Written by||Jonathan Betuel|
|Music by||Robert Folk|
|Edited by||Steve Mirkovich
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
July 2, 1996
July 27, 1996
August 26, 1996
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), where she lost to Demi Moore for both The Juror and Striptease. 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.
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In an alternate futuristic society where humans and anthropomorphic dinosaurs co-exist, a tough police detective named Katie Coltraine (Whoopi Goldberg) is paired with a Tyrannosaurus named Theodore Rex (George Newbern) 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
- Bud Cort – Spinner
- Stephen McHattie – Edge
- Richard Roundtree – Commissioner Lynch
- Jack Riley – Alaric
- Kevin Carlson – Ankylosaurus Dad
- Charles Chiodo – Guy in the Bag
- Edward Chiodo – Caterpillar
- Steven Chiodo – Guy in the Bag
- Tom Fisher – Ankylosaurus
- Terri Hardin – Molly Rex (face performance)
- Bruce Lanoil – Theodore Rex (face performance), Oliver Rex (face performance)
- Pons Maar – Theodore Rex (in-suit performer)
- James Murray – Tina the Waitress
- Tony Sabin Prince – Molly Rex (in-suit performer)
- Dwight Robers – Guy in the Bag
- Paul Salamoff –
- Michelan Sisit –
- Jack Tate –
- George Newbern – Theodore Rex (voice)
- Carol Kane – Molly Rex (voice)
- Hayward O. Coleman – Oliver Rex, Tina the Waitress (voices)
- Jan Rabson – Tina Rex (voice)
Theodore Rex received negative reviews from critics and audiences. 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."
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.
The international distributors to whom New Line had pre-sold the rights to the film adopted a different release strategy by distributing theatrically in every country except the United States and Italy.
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