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The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

Edward Herrmann , Barbara Harris , Bruce Bilson  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Herrmann, Barbara Harris, Susan Clark, Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine
  • Directors: Bruce Bilson
  • Writers: Screenplay By Don Tait, Based On The Book By Rev. Albert Fay Hill
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Dolby, Widescreen
  • 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: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The North Avenue Irregulars" 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. The new preacher in town joins forces with the most unlikely group of organized crime fighters anyone has ever dreamed up -- six lady church members who are dedicated, eager, ready, willing ... everything but organized! The result is an action-packed comic caper that's as funny as any Disney comedy ever filmed!

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great Disney Family Film May 2, 2006
Format:DVD
The North Avenue Irregulars was Disney's best attempt to revive its family film franchise. They started by choosing a true story and then giving it that Disney touch. Next they collected a group of up and coming actors from Broadway and television.

The North Avenue Presbyterian Church has a new minister. He wants to get the congregation more involved in the affairs of the church, so his first action is to give charge of the sinking fund to Rose Delaney (Patsy Kelly). The thing that he does not know is that her husband is a compulsive gambler. When she tells him that Rafterty has bet the whole $1,206 on a horse race, he goes to stop the wager but is too late. When he asks for the money back, he is given the door.

That night he goes on local television and instead of giving his planned sermon, he goes on a tirade about illegal gambling and the police looking the other way. This gets the eye of the FBI (Michael Constantine and Steve Franken) and Reverend Hill (Edward Herrmann) is asked about set up a sting operation.

The reverend goes to all the men in the congregation but they are unwilling to go up against the mob. But his crew of church ladies are ready to run the sting. The crew includes, the professional mom, Vickie (Barbara Harris), the bride to be, Annie (Karen Valentine), the rich perpetual single, Claire (Cloris Leachman), the retiree, Rose (Patsy Kelly) and the wife of a small business owner, Cleo (Virginia Capers).

Their first attempts at the sting are miserable flops. So rather than try to dry up the sources they decide to go after the bank. The girl try to follow the courier back to home base and after many hilarious attempts they finally find the bank and take on the syndicate in a wild demolition derby.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Who would suspect a bunch of ding-a-ling dames?" August 19, 2004
Format:DVD
Disney studios ended its family-friendly filmmaking in 1979 with two films: "Unidentified Flying Oddball" and "North Avenue Irregulars." While "U.F.O" is a silly time-waster, "North Avenue Irregulars" remains a personal favorite, with an outstanding cast enlivening thin (and let's face it, dated) material and delivering loud and frequent laughs. Feminists will object strongly to the female stereotypes, but most everyone else will ignore the silliness of it all and find much to enjoy in this fast-paced lark.

The Rev. Mike Hill (Edward Herrmann) has just taken over as pastor at North Avenue Presbyterian Church, much to the displeasure of Anne Woods (Susan Clark), whose father recently retired as pastor. The rest of the flock includes daffy housewife Vicki (Barbara Harris), dippy (and apparently wealthy) old maid Claire (Cloris Leachman), ditsy engaged debutante Jane (Karen Valentine) whose fiance Howard is an insufferable mama's boy, dotty elderly couple Rose and Delaney Rafferty (Patsy Kelly and Douglas V. Fowley) and apparently the only level-headed member of the congregation, matronly African-American Cleo (Virginia Capers). In his first decision as pastor, Mike decides to get the confrontation involved in church business by delegating responsibility, so he puts Rose in charge of the "church sinking fund." Unfortunately, his plans backfire when Delaney loses the money in a horse race, so Mike angrily confronts the bookie, Harry the Hat (Alan Hale Jr., the skipper from "Gilligan's Island"), and demands he give the money back, but instead he's humiliated and thrown out on the street.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Disney Comedy May 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
To me, this is the best movie to come out of Disney's dry spell of the '70's (when it released such stinkers as "Million Dollar Duck" and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo") . . terrific fun for the whole family. Edward Herrmann (who I normally find an unbearably annoying actor) is quite good as a pastor who finds himself fighting organized crime when one of his church members gambles away church money. (True, he should be angry at the church member, but our reverend believes in tackling the ROOT of the problem). After Herrmann speaks out against organized crime publicly, two FBI agents come to him and ask him for his help in going undercover to expose these gangsters. He asks for help from his congregation, and the only ones who will aid him are 6 indomitable females (Patsy Kelly, Virginia Capers, Barbara Harris, Cloris Leachman, Karen Valentine, and - later - Susan Clark). You'll relish every second that you see all of the ladies on the screen, especially the scatterbrained soccer mom Harris (her funniest scene takes place in a grocery store, as she spies on one of the pickup men); the constantly-primping Leachman; and tough-as-nails Capers. Features a cute cameo by Ruth Buzzi as part of a church committee out to remove Herrmann (she ends up joining the ladies to fight the criminals). Unfortunately, I find that the film suffers when nervous Fed Michael Constantine leaves the project in the Reverend's hands; his exasperated scenes with the ladies are among the most enjoyable in the film. Another small drawback is the cutesy way in which the movie treats organized crime . .you'll never believe for a second the gangsters are really out to hurt these ladies. The film's final moments, a "demolition derby" of sorts, will delight kids. I can remember absolutely loving this film as a kid . . I'm positive one day Disney will remake it (hopefully they do it justice).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, you won't regret it!!!
Family friendly, great cast, and fun all around! I enjoyed this show as a child when it first came out, and it's one of my favorites still. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Julie A.
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie owned it o9n VHS a lonmg time ago ...
great movie owned it o9n VHS a lonmg time ago really cute and timeless comedy. A cult classic for Disney.
Published 24 days ago by Sharilou Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A childhood favorite.
Published 1 month ago by Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond funny
Excellent plot. Each actor portrays their character in an accurate, yet hilarious way. This movie will keep you in stitches.
Published 3 months ago by Richard Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story as only Disney can tell.
Do yourself and your family a favor and get this movie and watch it on family night. Its fun, funny and full of slap stick. Yes and the guy gets the girl.
Published 3 months ago by Roger D. Stinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Wanted something to watch with my 12 year old grandson. He LOVED this movie from the 80's!
No sex, no violence, no inside jokes or hidden meanings, just a funny movie.
Published 4 months ago by Gamma globulin
5.0 out of 5 stars movie funny
I have watched this since I was a little girl and I loved it,I am glad I found it,and bought it.
Published 4 months ago by Olivia
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny!
Our family loves this film and found it to be hysterically funny and entertaining! It's a little dated, but we didn't mind that--in fact, we expected it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynn M. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Ever laughed this hard during a movie!
Laughed so hard that I cried. LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! Having grown up during the 60's & 70's, made the Six (Seven) Church ladies seem familiar to me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TerriLynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I would find it!
I never thought I would be able to find this DVD. I have always loved this film!! And am thrilled to finally have it in my collection.
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