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Critical Condition (1987)

R | | Comedy | 16 January 1987 (USA)
Con man Kevin Lennihan framed in a jewel smuggling tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused for another doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Lenahan / Dr. Eddie Slattery
Maria Cardinale
Arthur Chambers
Dr. Foster
Nurse Maggie Lesser
Helicopter Junkie
Tommy Pinto
Jack Kinney


Kevin Lennihan is a con artist. But this time he's framed and comes before a judge. By claiming insanity, he hopes to get off the hook. He manages to end up in a hospital on Governor's Island, off the coast of New York for a mental examination. That night, a storm breaks out over the area, and the electricity to the hospital is broken. In the ensuing chaos that follows, Kevin is taken for a doctor, Eddie Slattery. Suddenly, he is in charge of a whole hospital! Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$20,240,502 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In an early bit screen role in the film playing an ambulance driver was the unknown actor Wesley Snipes. See more »


Box opens the garage door, yells about his dog being kicked. However, Stuckey kicks the patient who thinks he's a dog several seconds before Box actually opens the garage door. There is no way that Box could have seen Stucky kick the dog. See more »


Nurse Maggie Lesser: Dr. Slattery.
Eddie Lenahan: Yes. I'm going to the bathroom. I'm going to pee. I don't need a second opinion for that too. I know how to hold it and everything. Do I need a second opinion for that?
Dr. Foster: No.
[to the nurse]
Dr. Foster: He doesn't need a second opinion.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1987 (1988) See more »


Written by Rick James
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Pretty Decent, But Never Hits Hard
12 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Con man Kevin Lennihan (Richard Pryor), framed in a jewel smuggling, tries for an insanity plea and is sent to a hospital for review where he is confused with a doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.

I had never heard of this film until now (2016), which is a bit of a shame. Pryor is great, and it's awesome to see Bob Saget in a supporting role (though he isn't really given any funny lines). Joe Mantegna is here, too. This seems like it should be some sort of cult classic, but in stead it is forgotten.

And there may be a reason for that. Despite the funny premise, and some great moments, it never feels as funny as it should be. I don't know why. Is the script not polished enough? Is the director to blame? Or is it just very understated?

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