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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1995 / Parental Guidance / Director: Tamra Davis / Actors: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson, Bradley Whitford, Josh Mostel ... / DVD released 2008-08-04 at Uca / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen

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      31.01.2011 23:25
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      With the price its worth adding to the collection

      This was the first ever film i watched featuring Adam Sandler in, it did not disappoint. For the very cheap price of £2.99 its well worth 89 minutes of anybodys precious time. The film although not massive was produced by Universal Studios and made around 25 million dollars which is better than i would of guessed at.

      GENRE

      A very childish comedy, which suited/suits me down to the ground.

      THE PLOT (no intentional spoiler)

      Billy Madison (Sandler) his the son to a billionaire hotel tycoon, at the age of 27 he spends most of his day hanging around the pool drunk with his friends, going nowhere fast. When his billionaire father hosts a business dinner at their mansion, he announces his retirement and that one of his weasely subordinates will run the business not Billy.

      Upon hearing this news Billy reacts badly and tells his dad of his displeasure, his father replies he his not academically efficiant to manage the business and states that whilst Billy only graduated through both primary and secondry education due to his wallet.

      Billy then strikes a deal with his father declaring that he could pass through every grade two weeks at a time...................................................Let the childish fun commence.

      ACTING

      By no means was any acting worthy of the golden globes, Adam Sandler did recieve MTV best comedic award for this movie. Adam Sandler pulls off an idiotic 27 year old sublimely. His performance was very similer to other such roles as i have seen in Bulletproof and Overboard. There is also a pleasent but extremely bizarre appearance from the legend that is Steve Buscemi. Steve plays a small part appearing in no more than two scenes.

      CONCLUSION

      A very immature film which i found highly amusing and would highly recommend it, if you are a fan of Adam Sandler then you will definitley like it.

      Hope you found this helpful

      Thanks for reading

      Wayne

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        26.03.2010 21:17
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        adam is the man

        I never had heard of adam sandler until i saw this film and i fell in love,
        This film as a very basic plot a toddler could understand it, billy madison is the son of a very wealthy man, his dad is the owner of a chain of hotels, billy is a high school drop out (though he doesnt know this) and sits at his mansion getting drunk, looking at dirty magazines chasing invisible penguins with his two very thick friends.

        However on one particular day his dad decided he has had enough of his behaviour and will not be giving control of the business to him but (damn i cant remeber his name) another dude (who happens to be one mean dude).
        Billy tells his dad that he will go through every grade from play school and pass, but he only has two weeks to learn and pass that grade. his dad likes the idea and then the story begins.

        The dude (still havent thought of his name) doesnt like this and does all he can to stop billy getting the company and in the end he does so.
        However people find out that it was just a lie so billy and the dude go head to head in a learnathon and who ever wins gets controll of the company (we all know who wins but im not saying)

        Along the way billy falls in love like you do, and makes new friends.
        Thats basically the plot which doesnt sound like much, but once you get into the film its really funny, with some cool gags and funny scripting that adam sandler pulls off very well, if he wasn't in it this film would suck!

        If you like the wedding singer, 50 first dates or happy gilmore you will love this film.

        Thanks for reading, also on ciao.

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          10.03.2010 17:25
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          Very funny movie

          I've watched a fair few Adam Sandler comedies over the years and watched this 1996 offering recently when I managed to pick up the DVD for under £5 which was very cheap. Adam Sandler is at his best in this movie and it has to be one of the most amusing comedies I've seen in a while, filled with some great infant like humour and stupid scenes.

          The plot is simple enough. Adam Sandler plays Billy Madison. He is a huge slacker and is still living with his father. His father Brian on the other hand is very successful and owns the 'Madison Hotel' chain. He was hoping one day that his son might take over the empire but decides against it and instead decides to hand over the reins to the scheming vice president of the company. Despite his best efforts to make him reconsider, unfortunately his father has made his choice. Seeing as he had to buy Billy's passage through school he feels that he is clearly not responsible enough to take over.

          However, Billy has an idea to restore his father's faith in him and decides to go back to school and re-take all his grade school classes so that he may one day inherit his father's huge cooperation and business. However, the plot is just a side issue to Adam Sandler's performance in this film. It is a framework in which he can ply his trade and act with hilarious consequences.

          On hand too in this movie are Adam Sandler's list of friends that include Norm McDonald, Steve Buscemi and Chris Farley. They all assist ably in making this is a very funny movie.

          As Billy makes his way through elementary school again, he has to contend with things that come his way on his journey that are standard with going to school, like having to deal with bullies and what you do if you accidentally pee your pants etc. He even manages to get a cute young teacher as his girlfriend.

          If you like silly, childish comedy, then this one is for you, and if you like Adam Sandler then you may as well give this movie a go as it is very funny.

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          15.02.2010 23:41
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          Good Film, Fully Recommended!

          Main Characters:
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          Billy Madison: Adam Sandler
          Brian Madison: Darren McGavin
          Veronica Vaughn: Bridgette Wilson
          Eric Gordon: Bradley Whitford

          Plot:
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          Billy Madison usually spends most of his time drinking and spending money from his father's hotel. When Billy ruins a dinner between his father and his associates, Billy's father makes Eric Gordon the next chief of the hotel and loses all respect for his son. This makes Billy want to prove that he can be responsible, but this is when his father tells him that he bribed the teachers to put him through school. Billy makes a compromise with his father; if Billy passes elementary, junior high and high school in 24 weeks, he will become the next chief of the hotel instead of Eric.

          However, will Billy do it? And will he find love along the way?

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          I am really quite shocked to see that people have rated this film at lower than three stars, I thought it was amazing! But then again, I do like silly films.

          The storyline is brilliant; sending a grown man back to school from the very beginning is hilarious. It's great to see how all the little children look up to Billy Madison as an older brother, and they seem to be able to tell him secrets that they wouldn't be able to tell other kids. At one point, a boy even pees himself and Billy makes it 'cool'!

          The acting from Sandler is good; it seems that he really enjoys acting like a little kid, since he does it in many of his roles. The acting as a whole is quite bad, but you don't really need to look at the acting to find this film really great. Acting is usually one of the key things I look out for in films, but with this one it isn't needed as much.

          Again, the romantic aspect of this film isn't as good as the comedy, but it seems that every Adam Sandler film needs romance in it, so this is no exception. I didn't really feel there was need for romance in this film, but I guess it contributes to the 'Happily Ever After' thing.

          I do fully recommend this film; I've noticed that not many people have even heard of it, but it really is a good film.

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          15.11.2009 15:46
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          A poor excuse for a comedy

          .:: Plot ::.
          Billy Madison is about a 20 something bum (played by Sandler) who lives off and takes advantage of his father's wealth by puuling silly pranks on people, drinking himself stupid and lounging by the pool. Eversince Billy failed and finished school he is forced to prove he is trustworthy and win back his father's respect by promising to do the seemingly impossible and redo grades 1 to 12 in 24 weeks! During this time Billy falls for his teacher, can Billy clean up his act and prevent the vice-president of his father's company - Eric Gordon from taking the family fortune and win over his teacher?

          .:: Good or Bad? ::.
          The film is full of stupid moments which in my opinion are not particularly funny, I watched this film with high hopes as a fan of Sandler and after hearing rave reviews about it, I was really disappointed as there was very little to rave about. Sandler aside the cast are not really well known and Sandler does not show how good he really can be in a comedy film. In his defence, this was one of Sandler's early films and he did show a few rare glimpses of his comedic talent and what he had to offer in the future.

          .:: Conclusion ::.
          An average film which may amuse a small minority but definately did not do the same for me. I would recommend this if you are a person who is a hardcore fan or can simply laugh at anything but for those who highly rate Sandler and would like to keep it that way do not watch as you wull not be impressed!

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            19.09.2009 18:19
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            Will do little to aid Sandler haters, but funny

            note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

            Adam Sandler is known for his very fast and crude films, but one of his more genuine and warm earlier efforts is Billy Madison, with Sandler playing the dumbass goofball that would make him famous.

            27-year-old Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) has been living the easy life since he was little - he sponges off of his father's hotel empire, spending 90% of his life goofing off and drinking at the pool with his buddies Jack (Mark Beltzman) and Frank (Norm Macdonald). However, when he one day ruins an important business dinner, his dad Brian (Darren McGavin) becomes exasperated and appoints Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford) as the head of the empire, a rather smarmy and sycophantic man who is extremely unlikeable.

            To add insult to injury, Billy is told that his father bribed all of his schoolteachers to let him pass, so Billy asks him to reconsider hiring Eric if he himself can pass through elementary, junior high, and high school in the space of 6 months. He agrees, and so the battle is on - can the inspidly stupid Billy make it?

            Well, to complicate matters, one of his teachers is Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson), who he consequently falls for despite her not at all being interested. However, as Billy progresses through the grades, he shows how he can be a valuable influence on insecure children, and also learns a lot about life himself. Meanwhile, of course, Eric tries to intervene and ensure that Billy doesn't make it.

            Don't get me wrong, this is a ridiculous silly film, but it does have a charm to it, and I found myself laughing a lot. Those who like Sandler's goofball antics are going to find themselves right at home, and there are plenty of laughs to be had.

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            07.06.2009 08:02

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            Worth a watch with no expectations to cheer you up for a little while

            Let me start by saying I am an Adam Sandler film and I recognise without him in the role of Billy Madison the film would not be anywhere near as good as it was but I will judge it fairly. The film sees Sandler playing the part of a slightly slow, very lazy guy who enjoys getting drunk with his friends and playing childish pranks on those he doesn't like but he is also the son of multi millionaire hotel owner who decides that he is going to retire and give his business over to one of his executives Sandler has to prove that he is worthy of inheriting the business by going back to school to pass each of his grades. Things are going well as he manages his first two grades (receiving a party after passing each grade) but once he hits third grade we find that he has not only to contend with a new class of kids but also with a new teacher (played by Bridgette Wilson) whom Sandler falls for in a big way so aswell as having to battle for his grades he has to battle for her love. Things get even more sticky as the executive whom is due to inherit the business decides to blackmail the principal to say that Sandler has been paying to obtain his grades...I am not going to advise beyond this as you will want to still have something to find out when you watch the film.

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            20.01.2009 16:21
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            With a billiant casting line up and hilarious storyline, I suggest you buy this

            Billy Madison is one of Adam Sandler's earlier films and is at his best. Its got great humour and an absolute hilarious storyline.

            Adam Sandler plays Billy Madison, a childish, mostly drunk and fun loving man. His father is the owner of a Fortune 500 (I dont know so don't ask lol) company which is hotels. With his father retiring Billy decides to go back to school, grades 1 to 12 is 24 weeks to prove to him that he can graduate school without bribes and also inherit the family business without the weaselly vice president getting his hands on it.

            This has a great cast and I especially like the earlier scenes when Billy is in 1st - 4th grades where he is beginning to settle into being back at school. Bridgette Wilson plays Veronica Swan, his 3rd grade teacher who he falls for.

            With great wise cracks, hilarious storyline and a brilliant cast, I highly suggest you buy this DVD. Its dead cheap aswell these days, I got mine when it was on sale at ASDA for £2!

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              08.01.2009 21:03
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              Great film to watch with the whole family!

              Billy Madison (DVD)!

              Once again I was struggling for idea's of what to review so I went to have a look on my DVD rack seeing my collection of Adam Sandlers films which I shall be watching and reviewing through out the week starting with one of Adam Sandlers first hit movies "Billy Madison".

              Billy Madison is a comedy film which was made over 10 years ago in 1995. As well as starring in this movie, Adam Sandler also wrote it along side Tim Herlihy. It was produced by Universal Pictures and made an astonishing $24 million worldwide. This film was rated a PG-13 due to its strong language, violent scenes and crude humour.

              This movie has a very simple plot but in my opinion is very successful and adds to the humour of this film.

              Billy Madison is the 27 year-old son of the very wealthy hotel manager Bryan Madison. Billy stands to inherit his father's empire but only if he can prove to his father that he's got what it takes to complete all 12 grades at school. If he does not then the hotel industry Billy's dad has built up shall go to his rival Eric Gordon but as we see this does not go quite to plan.

              I am an avid Adam Sandler fan as I believe that he has created and stared in many hilarious films in the last decade, this one being no exception.

              It has some extremely funny scenes and in my opinion Adam Sandler does an amazing job of acting his role of this underachieving adult. He takes this role very seriously and it suits him down to a tee as he pulls some very comical and convincing expressions and puts on appropriate voices to suit the scenes being played. The story line works very well in my opinion however I was a little disappointed with the ending as it seemed to be rushed and poorly planned.

              All in all I would recommend this film to Adam Sandler fanatics or those of you who just enjoy a good laugh. This is with out a doubt one of my favourite comedy films of all time and I believe most of you would agree with me. It is suitable for all ages however you may like to watch it before showing to your children as you may not find it suitable.

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                29.11.2008 22:40
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                The film is great for Sandler fans.

                Billy Madison is a great comedy but has some problems. Fans of Sandler will laugh out loud and they will love it. Some of the jokes are more for adults so it is not the best for children.

                In the film, Sandler is a lazy, slightly, Billy Madison, son of a multi-millionaire hotel owner. Since leaving high school he has spent all of his time drinking and getting drunk. However, his father deceides to retire and leave the business to an annoying executive, so Sandler deceides to go back to school and prove he can run it himself. Then, the executive finds out and trys to blackmail Billy. After this, his father sets up an educational challenge with the winner winning control of the company. Follow Billy to see if he can realise his dream.

                The cast is good and if anything, they save the film. They make it funny and keep you watching. However, it isn't a good film and the story gets boring as it is predictable and can't be watched over and over again. The sound and picture is very good. The DVD doesn't contain any extras. The jokes are very funny and you will laugh all the way through but they are more for adults rather than children. The story is very easy to understand so everyone can watch that.

                Overall, the film is good but should only be purchase by Adam Sandler fans as others will find his style annoying and the story is more for adults but is predictable.

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                  12.10.2008 21:06
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                  To inherit his family's fortune, Billy is going back to school... Way back.

                  Billy Madison is another comedy film starring the as yet unknown at the time Adam Sandler. It was made in 1995 when Sandler was still on Saturday Night Live.

                  Adam Sandler plays the titular character; he's 27 and the son of Bryan Madison (Darren McGavin), a very rich hotel magnate. So he has never worked a day in his life and doesn't know the true meaning of money as everything is just given to him. But Bryan is retiring, and is torn about whether to give it to Billy or to Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford), a slimy co-worker at Madison Hotels. So Billy strikes a deal with his dad: he will go through each school grade and pass their exams in a short period of time in order for him to become the head of the company. If he fails, it goes to Gordon.

                  And if that isn't enough pressure, he gets heckled at school, goofs off as much as he can and tried to woo his third grade teacher, Veronica Vaughn. Will it all pay off?

                  No offense to Adam Sandler, but this is the kind of role that he plays very well. The immature, silly man-child with a heart of gold, and that description fits Billy Madison perfectly. Just seeing how well he fits in with the kids in his class proves that! The story is hardly original, and you can kind of guess where it's all going to end up, but as they say, it's how you get there that counts, and this is a nice journey.

                  It's a film you're not supposed to take seriously, you're just supposed to lie back and have some fun watching it. It has the trademark Sandler slapstick humour that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The cast do their job well and give the film an all-around happy tone. There are a lot of comedies out there that try to do slapstick (any of those films with "movie" in the title) but they fail because they just do gags with absolutely nothing behind them. This film gets it right, that you have to have heart and something behind the jokes, that's what makes a good comedy movie.

                  Overall a nice, heartwarming, funny film that is well worth your time. I would give it three and a half stars if I could, but I can't, so just add another half a star onto the rating!

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                    01.10.2008 10:51
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                    Not a good Sandler film.

                    Being a fan of Adam Sandler and the usual rubbish being on the TV, I saw this film and decided to give it a try. What a disappointment it was.

                    Adam plays the part of Billy Madison who's family own large hotels and are millionaires. Billy is set to inherit the fortune when his father retires. He is a fun loving man and does not take life seriously. All he has done since leaving school is sit around drinking and playing practical jokes.

                    Eric works with Billy's father at their company and he starts talking Billy dad around to leaving him the company instead as he says Billy will not be able to run it properly. Billy makes a discovery when talking to his dad about taking over the company, his father paid for him to graduate from high school as he would not have done so on his grades alone. Billy is upset by this and decides to make a bet with his father. He bets that he will graduate from school on his own, doing all 6 grades in 12 weeks. If Billy is successful then he will take over the company but if not the company will go to Eric.

                    Billy starts out at school and soon learns that it is much harder than he remembered and he also falls in love with a teacher who he later finds out is the third grade teacher.

                    Will Billy graduate and take over the company or will Eric be devious and scupper Billy's attempts so he can take control of the millions?

                    As I said at the start of this review me and my husband were very disappointed with this film. The character of Billy is just a very dumb man who does little more than mumble and try to say things in silly voices which we found very irritating. The story could have been made so much better with a stronger and less stupid person as Billy or if the voices and irritation stopped when he started back at school.

                    The fact that Billy and the third grade teacher became an item during the film was so unrealistic as a well educated woman would never have looked twice at this idiot.

                    The supporting actors all played their parts very well and they help to keep the film together. There were a few strange storylines to the supporting characters which seemed to have no real bearing on the film and seemed to have just been added to make the film longer.

                    The film did have a decent sound track and there were a few good songs which was about the best part of this film.

                    The DVD does not have any bonus material which is a bonus as we would not have taken any more time to sit and watch them. The running time of the film is 1 hour and 25 minutes which I feel is too long for such a weak story.

                    This film was a let down to me and my husband but may appeal to children around the 7 or 8 year old mark as Billy does do some pranks like blowing up bags of poo on peoples doorsteps which children might find amusing.

                    The film was produced by Robert Simonds and Directed by Tamra Davies. It was released in 2001 by Universal and has a certificate of PG.

                    We paid a whole £3.00 for our copy which I feel is about right and I am so glad I never paid any more.

                    I do not recommend this film unless you like daft and stupid characters and a film lacking a decent story.

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                      15.08.2008 18:33
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                      Having had mixed views on Sandler films in the past, I was flicking through the sky movies channels (as i so often do) last friday night and stumbled across 'Billy Madison'.
                      Billy Madison is a comedy film made in 1995 which is directed by Tamra Davis. The film is co-written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, and the film is produced by Universal Pictures.

                      So what is it all about?
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                      When Brian Madison (Darren McGavin) makes a decision to retire from the hotel chain that he owns, it would seem that the logical choice would be to hand down the business to his only son, Billy (Adam Sandler). The problem is that Billy just so happens to be a complete delinquent that has absolutely not concept of how to look after himself, let alone a multi-million dollar company.

                      After Billy makes a mockery of his father at a dinner meeting with business associates, it becomes pretty obvious that Billy is unsuitable to run the company and therefore Brian is pretty set on handing control of the company on to the devious Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford). However after much protesting from Billy, his father and he reach the agreement that if Billy manages to complete every level of compulsory education within twenty four weeks.
                      When he begins the process of education again very early on in the piece Billy begins trying to get the attention of the very attractive Veronica Vaughan (Bridgette Wilson), a teacher who had previously caught Billy's eye. After completing the first two grades, Billy becomes one of Veronica's students, and it is during this time that he manages to get very close to her.

                      The progression that Billy is making seems to really get Eric riled up and it is this annoyance which leads him to a devious idea to scupper the chances of Billy becoming owner of the company; Eric bribes the principal of the school Max Anderson (Josh Morstel) by threatening to expose Anderson for his wrestling past which could ruin his career. Anderson duly obliges by stating on television that Billy bribed him in order to pass and progress to High School, this is clearly untrue.
                      Brian decides once again that his son is not fit to run the company, and this sends Billy into a lazy binge session reminiscent of his previous days before this new chance came about. After some gentle persuasion from Veronica, Billy manages to get back on track and attend high school again.

                      Cue a new and motivated Billy determined to not only pass of all the required education in time, but also to win over the girl and start a long term relationship with Veronica. Will this happen? Well i'm not in the business of spoiling films by giving away too much information on the film or its ending so you will just have to find out for yourself!
                      Is it any good?
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                      As I stated before, Adam Sandler's films in my experience are pretty hit and miss. Billy Madison probably falls into the latter, not because it is a terrible film really but more because it lacks depth.
                      The premise of the film is entirely ridiculous for a start. I can the idea of bad-turned-good motivated by the attractive girl, but what is really ridiculous is the notion of a twenty-seven year old going back to school (particuarly the younger classes) but not only this, he also has only 24 weeks to finish twelve years worth of education. This I find too ridiculous to overlook, the fact that it is a comedy.

                      So ridiculousness aside, it the film funny? Well not really. The film is mildly amusing at times and there is always an element of likeability to Sandler's characters and this keeps the film watchable. Of course this is aided by the absolutely stunning Bridgette Wilson who plays the love interest, she lights the screen up, and not in the coventional way.
                      It becomes very clear that there is little depth to the film quite early on. Pretty much the moment Billy and Veronica first kiss. Considering how repulsed by Billy, Veronica seemed, it seems fanciful that she could all of a sudden find him a sex-bomb after him passing a couple of grades of elementary school. The relationship isn't really taken on any further in detail so we are left a bit in the dark which is not a sign of a well made film. Just because it is a comedy, it doesn't mean that standard film guidelines can be entirely thrown out of the window.

                      Watchable, but only if you do genuinely have ninety minutes of your life that you are willing to spare. Do not expect to be in fits of laughter or to be thrilled by seeing a well made film.
                      Finally - Look out for a quirkly little cameo from an uncredited Steve Buscemi. He always provides good value and here is no exception!

                      How much is it and where can I get it?
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                      The film is available on DVD from play.com at £4.99 with free delivery. Despite the very low cost of purchasing this film, I honestly couldn't recommend a purchase unless you are absolutely loaded or really love Adam Sandler.

                      http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/98220/Billy-Madison/Product.html

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