Critical Condition (1987)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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16 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alkalom szüli az orvost  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)


$20,240,502 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[last lines]
Eddie Lenahan: 8 hours ago I was lunatic at the state asylum. Right? Now I gotta a yacht, I met a nice lady. I'm proud to be an American.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »


Written by Rick James
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rare Pryor Gem
30 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A highly underrated film that is filled with Pryor's subtle brand of caustic humor.

If you have never seen this rent it tonight! Possibly Pryor's Citizen Kane.

Yes, I said it! This film may be slow in the script dept. but follow Pryor's every move and you will laugh your a$# off!! Garret Morris and Randall "Tex" Cobb are highlites to watch for. Bob Saget gets a nod for showing up.

Thanks Richard, you made us laugh, and did so admirably. You will not be missed, thanks to reruns and DVD's.

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