Outside Providence (1999)


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A boy from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, caught up in the drug scene of the mid-70s, gets in trouble one too many times with the law. To stave off a jail term, his father arranges for him to be placed into a prep school in Cornwall, Connecticut. The terms: Graduate, or else.


  • Rating: (5,706 votes)
  • Runtime:96 minutes
  • Language:English
  • Genres:Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Country:USA
  • Goofs:Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the movie, Old Man Dunphy has blue eyes. Later on during a flashback scene, we are shown that Mrs. Dunphy had blue eyes as well. However, their kids - both Jackie and Timothy - have brown eyes. While unusual, there are well documented cases of this.
    Continuity: In the scene where they are leaving for boarding school, the Bonanza bus has an new Rhode Island license plate (white and blue with the sail/wave on it). When the bus arrives, the license plate is the old "The Ocean State" style.
    Anachronisms: Movie spans in '74-'75, and early they show a joint being rolled on a copy of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", with the tagline at the bottom (of the book) "From the author of the Great Shark Hunt", which was published in '79.
    Revealing mistakes: In Dunph's first day of school, he is in a math class where the teacher calls on him to solve a problem. The problem is written on the blackboard behind him. Later on in the film, what should be months have passed, and back in the classroom, the blackboard remains completely unchanged.
    Anachronisms: In the scene in the hockey rink, the markings on the ice are from the 1990s. The most noticeable is the blue circular goalie crease. In 1974, the goalie crease was rectangular and white.
  • Quotes:
    Timothy Dunphy: What's a prep school?
    Old Man Dunphy: It's to prepare you for not getting your neck broke by me.

    Dean Mort: Mr. Dunphy, do you have a friend called "Drugs"?
    Timothy Dunphy: Drugs Delaney?
    Mr. Funderberk: How many individuals named drugs could you possibly associate with?
    Timothy Dunphy: Just one.
    Dean Mort: Yesterday we received a letter addressed simply to Cornwall Academy, Cornwall, Connecticut. So naturally we, we opened it and read it. You might want to sit down. It begins, "Greetings Dunph. What's happening? I got your letter today. Cornhole Academy sounds like it really sucks the big one. I can't believe they make everyone work a lot and not smoke. You should tell that piece of shit Thunderturd to shove it. You didn't want to go there in the first place. Eat shit, man.
    Drugs Delaney: The camera cuts to Drugs writing the letter - Today you should've seen me and Mousy today at school today. I got cocked on a pint of Blackberry brandy, ate some THC on the bus. We were fucked. This teacher Mr. Rivera goes, "What's wrong with you Delaney?" I go, "I'm totally fucked, maaaaan!" Everybody laughed like a bastard. Oh man, you should see this song I'm listenin' to. It's called "Don't Bogart That Joint, My Friend." I think it's by a group called...
    Dean Mort: This is a couple of hours later. Must have nodded out, man.
    Drugs Delaney: I gotta go 'cause I'm probably definitely gonna nod out again.
    Dean Mort: Want me to send you some squeef? Or you got enough? Good luck not getting caught. Cocked in Rhode Island, Drugs. P.S. - Oh yes, there's a postscript you might be interested in - Mousy says he stinkfingered Bunny Cote. As you might imagine Mr. Dunphy, this is, this is, this fairly incriminating. And, uh, technically you have not breached any of Cornwall Academy's rules, but you can bet your bottom dollar, Mister, we'll be keeping an eye on you.
  • Also known as: Anexigiti pronoia (Greece - TV title), Cannabis 101 (Canada - French title), Elämää oppimassa (Finland), Jótanácsok kamaszoknak (Hungary - imdb display title), Lejos de Providencia (Argentina - imdb display title), No puedo perderte por algo tan tonto como el sexo (Spain), O eparhiotis (Greece - TV title), Outside Providence (Italy),
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