Dick [WS/P&S] [DVD] [1999]

Clearly the makers of the DVD edition of Dick put some effort into the project, which only serves to make the result more disappointing. The "Talent Files" section does provide useful information on director/co-writer Andrew Fleming and the three leads, but the commentary track by Fleming and his co-screenwriter Sheryl Longin contains few insights or surprises. There's a standard making-of featurette: an unremarkable assembly of clips and interviews that clocks in at under five minutes. There's also a single deleted scene and three theatrical trailers, one each for Dick, Can't Hardly Wait, and Spice World. The most baffling feature is a blooper/gag reel that probably got big laughs at the cast wrap party, but won't do much for anyone who wasn't involved in making the film. On the technical side, although the film looks great in both 1.85:1 widescreen and 1.33:1 full screen, the Dolby and Surround Sound mixes require the viewer to turn the volume up pretty high in order to hear the dialogue over the incessant period music.
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

Special Features

  • Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround]
  • Blooper reel
  • Deleted scene
  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Director's and screenwriters's commentary
  • Interactive menus
  • Isolated music soundtrack with highlights
  • Making-of featurette
  • Production notes
  • Scene selections
  • Subtitles: English
  • Talent files
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Closed Captioned


The mystery of the 18-minute-gap in Richard Nixon's White House tapes -- and how it connects to the previously undocumented involvement of two teenage girls in the Watergate scandal -- is the subject of this political comedy. Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) are high school students and best friends living in Washington D.C. in 1972. Betsy is pretty and popular, while Arlene is cute but a bit awkward. Arlene is obsessed with singing star Bobby Sherman, but that comes to a halt when she and Betsy get lost during a school field trip to the White House. A chance encounter with Checkers the dog leads to the girls meeting President Richard M. Nixon himself (Dan Hedaya). In Nixon, Arlene sees a strong, caring man who loves his dog, and she soon develops a furious crush on the president; Betsy is puzzled but remains supportive. Arlene's devotion to the president is rewarded when she and Betsy are named official White House dog walkers; however, when Arlene and Betsy discover that Nixon has a foul mouth and a short temper and, worst of all, kicks his dog, they realize that the President is not all he appears to be. And when they overhear Nixon ranting about Bob Woodward (Will Ferrell) and Carl Bernstein (Bruce McCulloch), a pair of reporters from The Washington Post looking for dirt on the President, Arlene and Betsy decide that they're happy to help. Dick also features Dave Foley as Bob Haldeman, Harry Shearer as G. Gordon Liddy, and Ana Gasteyer as Rosemary Woods. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kirsten Dunst
    Kirsten Dunst - Betsy Jobs
  • Michelle Williams
    Michelle Williams - Arlene Lorenzo
  • Jim Breuer
    Jim Breuer - John Dean
  • Will Ferrell
    Will Ferrell - Bob Woodward
  • Dave Foley
    Dave Foley - Bob Haldeman

Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The parody is classic.

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    If you enjoy a mindless, yet somewhat conceivable (which is scary) comedy, this is a good choice. If you know anything about Nixon, you'll think it's scarily possible and enjoy it all the more. If you don't know anything about Nixon or don't wish to joke about his presidency, this is probably not the movie for you. Plot is truly unique, well-written, and original. It's not an Oscar winner, but it's clever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not sure there's an audience for this film.

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    Teens who watch this film because of the lead actresses won't find this film funny because they won't know enough about the Watergate scandal to get the jokes. And adults who know about the Watergate scandal will not be interested in watching a teen comedy about it. So who exactly is this film aimed at. I liked the movie but it's a real weird mix.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Guilty pleasure-type movie

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    You really need to understand a little bit about the history of the early 70's to really enjoy this one and get all the "inside jokes". But I'm pretty sure most people with a good sense of humor will like it. Dumb humor along the lines of "Clueless" and "Caddy Shack".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really cute movie

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    This is a really cute spoof movie depicting two teenage girls inadvertently getting involved in the Watergate crisis. Their scenes with President Nixon (portrayed by Dan Hedaya) are really funny and cute. I love the '70's retro feel of this movie also. The movie also has great clothes and music in it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    this movie is sooo funny, great acting.... if you went throught watergate, than you will understand this movie THUMPS UP !!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A funny movie about Watergate.

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    This movie is a very funny concept of how Watergate happened. My niece, born several decades later, laughed a lot at this movie too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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