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Critical Condition (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  16 January 1987 (USA)
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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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Maria Cardinale
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Arthur Chambers
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Dr. Foster
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Nurse Maggie Lesser
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Stucky
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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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A comedy of epidemic proportions. See more »

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16 January 1987 (USA)  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,240,502 (USA)
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Lead actor Richard Pryor played dual roles, as Eddie Lenahan and his alter ego, Dr. Kevin Slattery, the latter of whom is really the first acting under another persona. Both are billed simply in the closing credits as Eddie/Kevin. See more »

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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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Spoofs Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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THE RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES
from "DIE WALKURE"
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by the Vienna Philharmonic
Conducted by Sir Georg Solti
Courtesy of London Records
A Division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
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Not the best conditions, but this one's stable
26 February 2014 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

For a Pryor film, this one is disappointing, or may'be I just found it weaker than normal, but anything with Richie in, is worth it. Here in a great titled flick, he's a framed escapee, made a psychotic patient, that has him now masquerading as a hectic doctor. But the jobs does have it's perks, with Pryor examining a young hottie's goodies, one standout scene in the whole mad affair. This film is very entertaining, though, as in seeing how Richie will get out of this. The film has a very interesting cast, including a bit part with Wesley Snipes as an ambo, and Joe Mantegna, has a heartless, hospital director, who's taken a hostage by our loonies. The cast on the patient's arm scene with Pryor laying the cast on pretty thick, with Pryor showing a young intern, was another funny moment. As was too, him trying to convince the hospital board of his psychotic state, when he describes in unsavoury and disturbing detail, pictures that our show to him. The film's not unfunny. It's just not as funny as most of Pryor's stuff, where as you know, with his films, the bar is set pretty high. It's still bloody enjoyable, the "what a shame factor" present. Again in the end, it all ends well, for our framed ex con/conman, Pryor. Still one for Pryor fans.


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