Jimmy the Kid

Jimmy the Kid
Directed by Gary Nelson
Produced by Ronald Jacobs
Written by Sam Bobrick
Based on Jimmy the Kid novel by Donald E. Westlake
Starring Gary Coleman
Music by John Cameron
Cinematography Dennis Dalzell
Edited by Richard C. Meyer
Zephyr Productions
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release dates
November 12, 1982[1][2]
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5 million[3]

Jimmy the Kid is a 1982 American comedy film starring Gary Coleman and Paul Le Mat. It was directed by Gary Nelson, produced by Ronald Jacobs, and released on November 12, 1982 by New World Pictures. Following 1981's On the Right Track, it was second theatrical film release starring Coleman.[1]


The film was based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Donald E. Westlake. It was the third book of Westlake's Dortmunder series. One of the shooting locations was Bob Hope's Malibu Canyon plantation.[4]



Overall, critical reception of the family-friendly comedy was on the negative side. Even Gene Siskel, who called himself "one of few Americans who publicly declared his affection for On the Right Track" concluded that the follow-up was "definitely on the wrong track."[5][6][7][8] Roger Ebert also found little to like in the film, but admitted that kids may well enjoy it.[9]


  1. 1 2 Associated Press (22 October 1982). Actor Gary Coleman is a less than enthusiastic interview, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  2. Newspaper Ad for release, Lawrence Journal-World, Retrieved December 10, 2010 (national newspaper advertisement used in November 1982 to advertise release of film)
  3. Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 222
  4. Thomas, Bob (Associated Press) (1 June 1981). Ruth Gordon, Gary Coleman are new odd couple, Anchorage Daily News, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  5. Siskel, Gene (17 November 1982). 'Jimmy the Kid': A silly kidnaping story held together by tires that bind, Chicago Tribune, Retrieved December 10, 2010 ("AS ONE OF FEW Americans who publicly declared his affection for "On the Right Track," Gary Coleman's first feature film, let's just say that "Jimmy the Kid," Coleman's second film, is definitely on the wrong track, preferring the screeching of car tires to character development.")
  6. Colwell, Carter (21 November 1982). This Film Effort Is Strictly Kid Stuff, The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Retrieved December 10, 2010
  7. Hunter, Stephen (18 November 1982). Kidnap comedy: a misdemeanor against good taste, The Baltimore Sun, Retrieved December 10, 2010 (""Jimmy the Kid" proves a longstanding cinema law: Any movie calling itself a "comedy crime caper" is likely to be a misdemeanor against good taste.")
  8. (28 May 1983). 'JIMMY THE KID'IS A MISHMASH OF STOLEN SHTICK, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Retrieved December 10, 2010 ("Jimmy the Kid combines elements of Coco the Clown, Karnak the Magnificent, and Pink the Panther into Movie the Bad. Someone wisely kept this weak Gary Coleman comedy about an overly mature rich kid in the can since 1981.")
  9. Ebert, Roger. Jimmy the Kid, Chicago Sun-Times (1982)

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