Oddball Hall
Film poster
Directed byJackson Hunsicker
Screenplay byJackson Hunsicker
Produced byAlan Munro
Harry Alan Towers
StarringDon Ameche
Burgess Meredith
CinematographyAvi Karpick
Music byWilliam T. Stromberg
Production
company
Ravenhill Productions
Distributed byRavenhill Productions
Release date
April 19, 1991
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Oddball Hall is a 1991 comedy film directed by Jackson Hunsicker, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Don Ameche, Burgess Meredith, and Bill Maynard. It was released direct-to-video and has received negative reviews from critics.

Plot

A duo of elderly jewel thieves, on the run from the law, disguise themselves as wizards in order to hide out at an African village.

Production

Oddball Hall was written and directed by Jackson Hunsicker.[1] The film had a budget of $1.5 million.[2] It was produced by Alan Munro and Harry Alan Towers.[1][3] Oddball Hall stars Don Ameche and Burgess Meredith as the two jewel thieves.[1] The supporting cast includes Bill Maynard, Tullio Moneta, and Tiny Skefile.[4] Cinematography was done by Avi Karpick, and William T. Stromberg did the music.[5]

Release

Oddball Hall was released directly to video on April 19, 1991. Though it was advertised as being similar to The Gods Must Be Crazy, Sandra Brennan of AllMovie felt the two films shared little resemblance.[6] Critical response has been negative. Film reviewer Leonard Maltin criticized Oddball Hall and gave it two stars; while he wrote that the film was good-natured and simplistic, he felt that it was not funny.[4] Author Mick Martin, in his book Video Movie Guide, called the film a "flat comedy of mistaken identities."[7] Kevin Thomas of The New York Times wrote that the film was "complicated" and "unfunny" despite starring Meredith and Ameche.[8] Keith Bailey, of The Unknown Movies, wrote that "Oddball Hall is...well...odd. That may be why the major studio that picked this up never, to my knowledge, theatrically released this. Though odder is the question why they picked it up in the first place. While there are few actively bad sequences, the whole exercise is slow, uneventful, and largely unfunny."[9]

References

  1. ^ a b c Willis, John A. (1992). John Willis' Screen World. Applause Books. p. 155. ISBN 9781557831354.
  2. ^ Debates of Parliament: Hansard, Volume 9, Issues 16–18, p. 8322
  3. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, Volume 312, Issues 18–34. The Hollywood Reporter. 1990. p. 122.
  4. ^ a b Maltin, Leonard (2011). Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide. Penguin Group. p. 1018. ISBN 978-0451234476.
  5. ^ "Oddball Hall – Full Credits". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  6. ^ Brennan, Sandra. "Oddball Hall". Allmovie. Allrovi. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
  7. ^ Martin, Mick (1994). Video Movie Guide 1995. Ballantine Books. p. 348. ISBN 034539027X.
  8. ^ Thomas, Kevin (4 September 1994). "Prime-Time Flicks". New York Times.
  9. ^ Bailey, Keith. "Oddball Hall – The Unknown Movies". The Unknown Movies. Retrieved 5 October 2013.