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The Check Is in the Mail... (1986)

R | | Comedy | 1 June 1986 (USA)
Frustrated with all the minor irritants of the rat-race Richard Jackson decides to buy a goat, disconnect the electricity and become self-sufficient. But will this life be any less annoying?

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Richard Jackson
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Peggy Jackson
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Robin Jackson
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Gary Jackson
Chris Hebert ...
Danny Jackson
Katherine Saltzberg ...
Sally (as Kathy Maisnik)
Thomas Rollerson ...
Sally' boyfriend
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Harry Danvers
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Dr. Brannigan
Beau Starr ...
Rocco
Emily Banks ...
Travel agent
Fred Pinkard ...
Skycap
Nanci Christopher ...
Airline representative
Richard Minchenberg ...
Paul Silver
Christopher Rydell ...
Drunken sailor (as Chris Rydell)
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Frustrated with all the minor irritants of the rat-race Richard Jackson decides to buy a goat, disconnect the electricity and become self-sufficient. But will this life be any less annoying?

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PLASTIC MONEY... PHONY CREDIT... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! There comes a time where the AMERICAN FAMILY has had it!!! And if that sounds familiar, you've just figured out how to BEAT THE SYSTEM!!! See more »

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1 June 1986 (USA)  »

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The original shooting script contained a lot of variations as The character of Robin was actually 15 years old, the subplot involving Donald and his family were absent and contained many more scenes that were excised from the final cut. See more »

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Richard Jackson: [Richard rides his bicycle down the streets and almost runs over Donald, carrying shopping bags. He laughs] Donald! I'm sorry, I didn't see you.
Donald: [Sarcastic and angry] Hey, Jackson! There's a plane leaving in the morning for Moscow! Why don't you get on it? Commie bastard! Left-wing freak!
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Not gonna take it anymore!
16 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Entertaining comedy worth a viewing. Brian Dennehy carries the film and does so quite well. Simply put, he portrays a guy, pharmacist by profession, who we see endure life's daily hardships and eventually gets fed up with the "system", finally deciding to fight back by throwing out his phones, light bulbs, shutting off the water, refusing to use electricity, etc. It's amusing to see, relatively speaking, how tolerant his family is and how they submit to his authority as head of the household. I'm sure this is laughable to many of today's audiences considering the declining lack of respect for the role of the father (admittedly sometimes justified, but certainly not in the general sense) and how the traditional nuclear family is perhaps near extinction. At any rate, though it does resort to one or two moments of slapstick as well as a couple of not so suitable for family viewing scenes, the film is well written and Dennehy is at the top of his game here.


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