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No Deposit, No Return (1976)

David Niven , Darren McGavin , Norman Tokar  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Herschel Bernardi, Barbara Feldon
  • Directors: Norman Tokar
  • Writers: Screenplay By Arthur Alsberg And Don Nelson, Story By Joe McEveety
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55QA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "No Deposit, No Return" on IMDb

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There's magic in the memories as great Disney moments are captured right here for you and your family to enjoy. Oscar(R)-winning actor David Niven (Best Actor, SEPARATE TABLES, 1958) stars as a millionaire with two bored grandchildren who fake their own kidnapping, holding themselves for ransom! In cahoots with the kids is a pair of down-on-their-luck safecrackers (Darren McGavin and Don Knotts). It doesn't take long for the two young pranksters to discover just how impractical a practical joke can be. The mayhem escalates into an all-out cops-and-robbers chase filled with every bit as much hilarity as excitement.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie, bad transfer July 12, 2004
This is a typical Disney live-action film of the 70's. The comedy is thin at times (you almost expect a laugh-track to kick in at any moment to say "This is supposed to be funny"), but it has its moments. Don Knotts does well in his role, but he a little underused. Still, it's a good way for a family to spend time together one rainy Saturday afternoon.
Now on to the DVD transfer. It's sad. They didn't try to clean it up digitally or anything. It looks like they just used a VHS tape and threw it on a DVD. The quality of this film makes me a little leery about buying the next set they throw out. While I love to see these classics finally come to DVD, I hate to see them wasted on a junky transfer. If you have this one on VHS, don't waste your money to upgrade. And yes, it's in fullscreen with no extras other than the "trailer" (a 30 second television spot).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on classic O. Henry story February 6, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a good Disney film- moderately worthy of the easily attached title of "classic." Exellent actors make it lively. The plot itself is great. It is the plot from O. Henry's story, "A Retrieved Reformation." I've tried to figure out if Disney ever gave him credit and it seems like they didn't. Anyway, it's a terrific story and the movie actually does it decent justice. Nothing objectionable. Suitable for all ages.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Deposit, No Return; No Widescreen=No Sale July 10, 2004
I give up. Disney DVD releases several titles on DVD this week, some in widescreen format with crisp, beautiful new transfers, while dumping others on us in bowdlerized full-screen prints. Unfortunately, the one title I most wanted, 1976's "No Deposit, No Return," belongs to the latter category. As a result, Disney DVD lost a sale. No widescreen = no sale, no matter how much I want the film. Period.
For undiscriminating types who don't care if they're ripped-off or not, "No Deposit, No Return" is a typical '70's-era Disney trifle with a great cast of veterans (David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Barbara Feldon, Herschel Bernardi, Charles Martin Smith and Vic Tayback) pulling out all the stops to enliven a mediocre script that, incidentally, contains one of the biggest plot holes I've ever seen in a Disney movie (back to this later). Fortunately, director Norman Tokar (a Disney regular) and the screenwriters throw everything in but the kitchen sink to create a freewheeling comedy that has more than its fair share of laughs. So even though "No Deposit..." pales in comparison to great Disney laugh-fests like "The Love Bug" and "The World's Greatest Athlete," it is still entertaining and will hold the kids' interest for all of its 112 minutes.
How's this for a contrived plot? Jay and Tracy Osborne (Brad Savage and Kim Richards) are poor little rich kids who attend a typically Disneyesque boarding school while their magazine editor mother (Feldon) globe-trots on business. Excited that they will be spending Easter vacation with her, they are crushed when Mom cancels and whisks the pair off (along with their pet skunk (!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD = "Deposit" Very Defective July 15, 2004
Buyers, beware! The recently released DVD of "No Deposit, No Return" is defective, at least here on the East coast. I exchanged three discs from two different stores of a major media retailer (initials BB) and all three copies had the same glitches in the same scenes. Obviously a manufacturing error. Hopefully an official recall from Disney is forthcoming. Also, I noticed that on some Deposit discs the voice-over varies for the so-called "trailer" (actually just a :30 promo for the film's broadcast airing on The Wonderful World of Disney). On my first disc, the voice was that of the original announcer from the 1970s (very nostalgic). On all subsequent discs, however, the voice was that of the contemporary announcer one hears on all current Disney video promos (not so nostalgic). At least the "Hot Lead and Cold Feet" theatrical trailer included on that disc is the real deal (includes even an accompanying Mr. Toad cartoon). But getting back to "No Deposit", be prepared for glitches when you purchase or rent your disc. I plan to hang on to my Ebay-purchased VHS until enough time has passed that another DVD printing has occurred. Seeing as how neither format is letterboxed or of any admirable picture quality, bailing on the DVD really is no sacrifice. Hey, if you can live with glitches, pay this review no mind. Everyone else: Hang on to that receipt!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Deposit No Return June 29, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This movie is a classic Disney family film. Good hearted and funny. Today kids movies are so violent, its a good thing these movies are still available as alturnitive entertainment for kids.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids Force Bank Robbers To Kidnap The Kids August 13, 2009
Funny. Adventurous. Crime doesn't pay, but crime skills save a life. No cussing. No using God's name in vain. Real crooks get punished.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney Fun for the Family September 12, 2009
If you are looking for good clean comedy that you can watch with the kids, then this movie is for you.
This is a classic Disney movie that all generations will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don Knotts steals the show! March 5, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Many reviewers have praised other movies starring Don Knotts. Somehow, this gem has been overlooked.

Actually, this movie has all of the "elements" of a great Disney film: multi-layered conflicts, intertwined subplots, varying degrees of "bad" guys, clever script, well-developed and memorable characters, quality children actors, and situational comedy that keeps the laughs going.

Early on, you'll crack up at the bungled burglary scene at the airport. This is where the two mildly "bad" guys (of which Don Knotts is one) cross paths with the two misfit children. My kids and I still imitate the way Don Knotts accidentally closes the safe before they remove the loot!

Contrasted with all of that drama is the ever-snooty David Niven not quite sure that he wants to rescue his grandchildren from these criminals, at least not until school vacation is over! Of course, the little dears take matters into their own hands, in classic Disney style, including some great booby-traps!

Most Disney films include an unusual animal pet. Here we have a skunk, who makes himself odious at just the right times!

You'll get "more badder" gangsters who snap pencils in their fingers and dress in vintage era plaids. (That's enough to cause you to scream just having to look at those clothing styles!) But the best entertainment is how our beloved Don Knotts s-s-s-s-studddddders, especially when he gets afraid and jumpy. I love his deadpan imitation of the New Jersey fire engines.

Have some fun watching this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The olddies are the best!
Great classic movie.
Published 2 months ago by Tyler Puckett
4.0 out of 5 stars no deposit no return
good movie and great family entertainment. saw it years ago when my kyds were little and they also loved it.
Published 3 months ago by JUNE SWEZEA
5.0 out of 5 stars High marks for Amazon
Once again I am extremely happy about the transaction with This time it was for an "old" movie, No Deposit, No Return. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Craig Lowrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clean show!
In a day and age when there is nothing worth watching on television, this is a good way to spend a couple of hours. You can't beat Don Knotts and Darrin McGavin! Read more
Published 6 months ago by DN
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids movies

When those two thieves tries to steal money from other safe...The two kids get away and went into the wrong taxi with the two
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Published 7 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! A blast from the past!
This is one awesome movie from the past. Re-makes are everywhere but not for this movie. Excellent for its time and most enjoyable still today. A must have for a collector.
Published 8 months ago by DJ Sandoval
5.0 out of 5 stars Had it on VHS and had to replace it
Can't beat the old Disney movies. It brings back memories of going to the old walk in theater in my home town.
Published 8 months ago by TnT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie. I'd seen it before (many years ago). I remembered that it was funny but that was about it. So I bought it this time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lynda Dunbar
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt I needed it for when I feel down and have no way to smile, but...
Because I saw it on T. V. and laughed all the way through. It keeps my spirits up. I loved it
Published 9 months ago by Elena Datwyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Movie
I loved this movie as a child. It is very funny and made me smile about the fun times I had with my siblings watching Don Knotts as a child.
Published 10 months ago by Natalia M. Wild
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