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Outrageous Fortune (1987)

R | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
Lauren and Sandy are total opposites who end up in the same acting class and who don't know they are sharing a lover. When he disappears under mysterious circumstances they refuse to ... See full summary »

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Lauren
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Michael
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Stanislav Korzenowski
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Atkins
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Frank
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Weldon
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Cab Driver
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Ticket Agent
Jerry Zaks ...
Tobacco Clerk
John DiSanti ...
Police Lieutenant (as John Di Santi)
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Madam
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Panansky
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George (as Chris McDonald)
J.W. Smith ...
Dealer #1
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Lauren and Sandy are total opposites who end up in the same acting class and who don't know they are sharing a lover. When he disappears under mysterious circumstances they refuse to believe that he is dead and are the only ones who are searching for him across several states. Ending up in the western US., they discover he had other interests as they find their lives in danger. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The CIA is trailing them. The KGB is tracking them. The phone company is tracing them. The police are chasing them. The cowboys are herding them. And the Indians are hunting them. Are they going to fall for all of that?

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30 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dos rivales tras un canalla  »

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$52,864,741 (USA)
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Trivia

There was a row between who would get top billing on the film. First billing on the film print at both the start and closing credits went to Shelley Long with Bette Midler being second billed. But many of the movie posters and DVD covers have Midler billed first. Midler had previously starred in Touchstone's comedy-smash Ruthless People (1986) whereas Long had similarly starred in the hit-comedy Night Shift (1982). Midler ended up being Golden Globe nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical for her role in Outrageous Fortune (1987), suggesting her performance was the more dominant of the two leads, and thus, getting top billed post-theatrical release on the home-video and DVD covers, with Long having the prime billing still on the film print. See more »

Goofs

When they are at the airport in NYC and the ticket agent pulls up potential flights for the two ladies to take, she reads flight 225 going through Kansas City, but if you look at the computer screen it reads Eastern Airlines Flight 225 going through Atlanta not Kansas City. See more »

Quotes

Lauren: No! Stop!
[runs across the room to snatch the phone receiver out of Sandy's hand]
Lauren: Please do not screech at anyone else. I am trying to prepare for an audition here thank you!
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll over the freezeframe of the curtain call, Long and Midler can be heard bickering about Long's performance in the play. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Silent House and John Carter (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Out of Denver
Written and Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Perfect showcase, hilarious yarn

Outrageous Fortune (1987) Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote, Robert Prosky, John Schuck, George Carlin, Anthony Heald, D: Arthur Hiller.

Hilarious comic yarn involves two opposite women who both have a fling with the same man and when he dies in an abrupt explosion, secrets unfold. Effervescent performances from Long and Midler in a perfect showcase for them both, where credibility isn't the point, making it a lot of fun.

Running Time: 100 minutes and rated R for strong language and brief sensuality.

RATING: *** (out of ****)


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