The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995 film)
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 Computer Wore Tennis Shoes|
Official advertisement poster
|Based on||Screenplay by|
Joseph L. McEveety
|Written by||Ryan Rowe|
|Directed by||Peyton Reed|
|Music by||Philip Giffin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||George Zaloom|
|Producer||Joseph B. Wallenstein|
|Production location||Los Angeles|
|Cinematography||Russ T. Alsobrook|
|Running time||87 minutes|
|Production company||Walt Disney Television|
|Distributor||Buena Vista Television|
|Original release||February 18, 1995|
|Preceded by||The Shaggy Dog|
|Followed by||Escape to Witch Mountain|
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.
- 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.
- 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.