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|Adam Sandler||Longfellow Deeds|
|Winona Ryder||Babe Bennett|
|John Turturro||Emilio Lopez|
|Peter Gallagher||Chuck Cedar|
|Erick Avari||Cecil Anderson|
|Jared Harris||Mac McGrath|
|Steve Buscemi||Crazy Eyes|
|Harve Presnell||Preston Blake|
|Lauri Gaffin||Set Decoration|
|Teddy Castellucci||Original Music Composer|
|Peter Lyons Collister||Director of Photography|
|Perry Andelin Blake||Production Design|
|Stephen McCabe||Art Direction|
|Ellen Lutter||Costume Design|
|Andrew C. Erin||Writer|
|Paul A. Birkett||Story|
|Robert Riskin||Story Contributor|
"Small town kid, big time right hook."
"Small town kid, big time right hook"
"Don't let the fancy clothes fool you."
Preston Blake, hoping to be a disc jockey as a young man, slowly worked his way up to found Blake Media, a major corporation running hundreds of television and radio stations with 50,000 employees. After 82-year-old Blake freezes to death on the summit of Mount Everest with a triumphant smile on his face, a search for his heir begins.It is found that Blake has a living nephew named Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler), who runs a pizzeria in New Hampshire and also writes and attempts to sell greeting cards to Hallmark. Deeds is contacted and brought to New York City by businessman Chuck Cedar (Peter Gallagher), who is temporarily in control of Blake Media. Plans are made for Deeds to sell his shares in the company to Cedar and return home $40 billion richer, but he must remain in New York for a few days while all the legal details are worked out.The story is major news, and reporter Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder), who works for a tabloid show called Inside Access, has a co-worker pretend to steal her purse in sight of Deeds, because their research indicated that Deeds wanted to meet a girl by 'rescuing' her, the same way his father had met his mother. Deeds does so, as well as mercilessly beats her "robber", and Bennett goes out with him under the disguise of Pam Dawson, a school nurse from a made up town, Winchestertonfieldville, Iowa.Though Pam initially hopes to just get a good story on the new heir, she eventually falls for the unfailingly kind-hearted Deeds, and decides to tell him that she is not who she says she is, but Inside Access, in concert with Cedar (who was fed the truth by the fake robber) reveals it to Deeds first. Heartbroken and upset, Deeds decides to return home to Mandrake Falls and give his $40 billion inheritance to the United Negro College Fund. After returning to Mandrake Falls, he learns from Crazy Eyes (Steve Buscemi) that Cedar intends to sell off the company, which will cause thousands of people to lose their jobs. Bennett follows Deeds to Mandrake Falls to win him back, but after saving her life when she falls through the ice over a lake, he rejects her, saying he does not really know who she is.At a shareholders meeting, Cedar has everyone convinced to sell the company, until Deeds (who has bought a single share) arrives and manages to convince everyone not to sell. But Cedar claims control of a majority of the shares and the sale is approved. Bennett arrives and reveals that Blake's butler, Emilio (John Turturro), is Preston Blake's illegitimate son and the true heir (at one point he had told Deeds that Blake treated him "like a son").As a result, Deeds' sale of his shares to Cedar is not legal. Emilio immediately takes control and fires Cedar. Babe then reconciles with and kisses Deeds after professing her love for him. As they leave the meeting, Emilio thanks Deeds for his support and offers him a billion dollars, some of which Deeds spends on Corvettes for everyone of Mandrake Falls. When he returns to the pizzeria with his new wife Babe, he learns that Hallmark has bought one of his cards.
Theatrical : 2002-06-28 : United States of America
DVD : 2002-10-22