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TUT AND TUTTLE WITH CHRIS BARNES & OLIVIA BARASH

year: 1979 rating: ***
Originally titled TUT AND TUTTLE and changed to THROUGH THE MAGIC PYRAMID or THE TIME CRYSTAL on reruns and video, the story centers on Chris Barnes aka Tanner Boyle, the scene-stealing scrapper from THE BAD NEWS BEARS, whose favorite curio, a crystal pyramid, takes him to ancient Egypt where a young pre-King Tut, speaking in a laidback Califorina accent, is in danger of royal climber Vic Tayback, who kidnaps the young leader... So Barnes and faithful ingenue Olivia Barash, as Tut's sister, roam the Egyptian ruins: happening upon an assortment of Variety Show hams seeking their moment in the sun. The best scenes involve the duo's trek throughout the Egyptian exterior (actually Los Angeles) without adult interruption: battling bad guys using rocks and football tactics.

Directed by Ron Howard in the late-70s following his Roger Corman hot rod ventures, this artifact is worth discovering: the laughs are almost non-stop and few are intentional. And the pre-teen Barnes being unsuccessfully seduced by a horny harem of twenty-something ladies is very... memorable.
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