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Modern Problems (1981)

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Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitch Kreindel ...
Arthur Sellers ...
Mobile Supervisor
Neil Thompson ...
Controller #1
Controller #2
Ronald E. House ...
Vendor (as Ron House)
Buzzy Linhart ...
The Tile Man
Christine Nazareth ...


Air traffic controller Max Fiedler is unhappy with his career and his second marriage. An exposure to toxic waste gives him the power of telekinesis. He comes to a crossroads at a beachhouse he shares with his wife, his ex, and a voodoo priestess. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Max Fielder has just discovered the power of telekinesis, and he's about to move your world. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doido por Ela  »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,758,371, 27 December 1981

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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The name of the comic ballet that was performed at the theater was "Coppelia" which had been first performed in 1870. Coppelia's music was composed by Léo Delibes, its libretto written by Charles Nuitter, and its ballet was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon. See more »


When the airplane-ashtray flies, a large, obvious, metal arm is supporting it in the close shots. See more »


Brian Stills: Are you still seeing things move?
Max Fielder: I'm making things move.
Brian Stills: Max, could you sit down? I have a crick in my neck.
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Crazy Credits

Alternate takes (without audio) are shown of the main characters during the end credits. See more »


References Roots (1977) See more »


Excerpts from the ballet 'Coppelia'
Music by Léo Delibes
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Forgotten Chevy Chase
21 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler (Chevy Chase), recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

The bloody nose scene goes from mildly amusing to rather revolting, and that made it something I could have done without. But that was the only really bad part of the film.

Fans of Chase may not have seen this one, as it is not well known. Younger fans (those who now know him best from "Community") will definitely not have heard of it. Check it out. Please.

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