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Outrageous Fortune (1987)

 -  Comedy  -  30 January 1987 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Lauren
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Sandy
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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
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ...
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

According to the 80s Movie Rewind, when Bette Midler fell in front of a lorry in the movie, it was not part of the script. Midler had winged it during the shot because she thought it would look good in the film. Shelley Long and the crew were worried about the prat-fall with Long quickly rushing to her aid and pulling Midler to the kerb-side. The scene was kept in the picture. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, when Lauren is leaving her acting class, she stops at a Coke machine. Though she clearly presses a space above where the button is with the side of her hand to select a beverage, she then leans down and retrieves a Coke. See more »

Quotes

Lauren: Excuse please. I vas hoping you were to... how do I to say?
Ticket Agent: You say it quickly, I'm off in three minutes.
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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 »

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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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Something Special
(Theme From Outrageous Fortune (1987))
Performed by Patti LaBelle (as Patti La Belle)
Written by Howie Rice and Allan Dennis Rich
Courtesy of MCA Records
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enough laughs despite implausibility
18 November 2000 | by (anaheim, ca) – See all my reviews

By the end of the 80's they were churning out countless male buddy pics, so why not a female one? This one features Midler when she used to make funny big budget movies and Long when she used to make movies period. Just like any buddy film, the two hate each other on first sight, Midler the foul-mouthed antagonist and Long as the goody two-shoes. Things are set in motion when the two discover they were "boffing" the same man (Coyote) and decide to find him when they realize his death was staged. They set out on an oddyssey across several states and end up fighting for their lives when he shows us he's not only a spy but somewhat psychotic! There's a great, if contrived, climax set atop skinny vertical rocks that are about 10 feet apart and 100 feet off the ground. But what you look for in these types of movies you find, well-written bickering that should make you giggle plenty of times. Though guys should look out, with this written by a woman, there's a large dose of on target man bashing. Pretty much Long and Midlers last best comedy offering.


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