When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town.


Nick Castle


Hank Ketcham (characters), John Hughes
3,045 ( 274)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Matthau ... Mr. Wilson
Mason Gamble ... Dennis Mitchell
Joan Plowright ... Martha Wilson
Christopher Lloyd ... Switchblade Sam
Lea Thompson ... Alice Mitchell
Robert Stanton ... Henry Mitchell
Amy Sakasitz ... Margaret Wade
Kellen Hathaway Kellen Hathaway ... Joey
Paul Winfield ... Chief of Police
Natasha Lyonne ... Polly
Devin Ratray ... Mickey
Hank Johnston ... Gunther
Melinda Mullins ... Andrea
Billie Bird ... Edith Butterwell
Bill Erwin ... Edward Little


Everyone's favorite kid from the comics is back. When his parents have to go out of town, he stays with George (Walter Matthau) and Martha Wilson (Dame Joan Plowright). The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis Mitchell (Mason Gamble) is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. Written by Brian W. Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


America's classic kid in a classic comedy! See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comedic mischief | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Jeannie Russell: One of the Mitchells' neighbors. See more »


Switchblade Sam's (Christopher Lloyd) hair is obviously hair extensions. This is especially obvious when he is looking up at the tree house when Dennis and his friends are in it hammering nails. You can see a white line on his head of where they are attached. See more »


[first lines]
Dennis: Hey, Mr. Wilson!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, there is an additional scene with Dennis at Alice's workplace, who was forced to take him with her to work following the aftermath of Mr. Wilson getting hit in the forehead with a burnt marshmallow, and tries to help Andrea make copies of documents, only to wind up getting her face onto the copying scanner when her necklace gets caught in the machine and Dennis runs off in fear and alerting many of the other office workers. See more »

Alternate Versions

The post-2003 release plasters the 1993 Distributed by Warner Bros. logo with the 2001 variant featuring the AOL Time Warner byline. See more »


Follows Dennis the Menace in Mayday for Mother (1981) See more »


Whatcha Know Joe
Written by James Young (as James Oliver Young)
Performed by Jo Stafford
Courtesy of Rod McKuen/Stanyan Records
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User Reviews

Such a low rating...why?!
23 February 2019 | by jordanmccaigSee all my reviews

This film is a great little family comedy. I loved it as a kid, and it still holds up today. Walter Matthau is delightfully miserable, Mason Gamble is chasing, and Christopher Lloyd is unrecognisably fiendish. Get the popcorn, sit the kids down, and enjoy...whilst remembering to tell the kids not to try ANYTHING Dennis does!

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Release Date:

25 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dennis the Menace See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,331,139, 27 June 1993

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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