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Outrageous Fortune (1987)

R | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
Two women unknowingly share the same man, but when he disappears, both go out looking for him and enter his surprisingly dangerous life.




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John DiSanti ...
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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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Dos rivales tras un canalla  »

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Did You Know?


The name of the movie that Sandy Brozinsky (Bette Midler) had appeared in was "Ninja Vixens". See more »


When Michael is chasing Lauren on the butte, Sandy throws her earring and hits him, and he grabs the left side of his head. When he's shown again, he has a cut on the middle of his forehead. See more »


Sandy: She's got a great mad scene. No, really, it's great; I just saw it.
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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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Performed by Eurythmics (as The Eurythmics)
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Perfect showcase, hilarious yarn
1 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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