The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

The amusing premise of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is that of a college non-student who, via an electrical accident, becomes brilliant because a computer memory bank has been transferred into his brain. Good looking production is above average family entertainment, enhanced to great measure by zesty, but never show-off, direction by Robert Butler, in a debut swing to pix from telefilm.

Cast:
Kurt Russell Cesar Romero Joe Flynn William Schallert Alan Hewitt Richard Bakalyan

The amusing premise of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is that of a college non-student who, via an electrical accident, becomes brilliant because a computer memory bank has been transferred into his brain. Good looking production is above average family entertainment, enhanced to great measure by zesty, but never show-off, direction by Robert Butler, in a debut swing to pix from telefilm.

Surrounding Kurt Russell, playing the suddenly-smart student, is a most adroitly selected group of superior character actors. Joe Flynn as the college dean; William Schallert as Russell’s prof; Alan Hewitt, dean of a competing college who goes after Russell with a recruiting vengence when the kid’s fame spreads to a TV show hosted by Pat Harrington.

Also, Cesar Romero, with assistant Richard Bakalyan, provide the major story support: supposedly honest Romero, in reality a computer-oriented crime boss, has given Russell’s school his old computer. And in the accident to the youth, Romero’s clandestine records are inadvertently revealed.

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Production: Walt Disney. Director Robert Butler; Producer Bill Anderson; Screenplay Joseph L. McEveety; Camera Frank Phillips; Editor Cotton Warburton; Music Robert F. Brunner;; Art Director John B. Mansbridge

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: Kurt Russell Cesar Romero Joe Flynn William Schallert Alan Hewitt Richard Bakalyan

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