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Overboard (1987)

A cruel and beautiful heiress mocks and cheats over a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia, he decides to introduce her to working-class life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

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Storyline

Rich bitch Joanna hires country carpenter Dean to build a closet on her yacht. When the two don't see eye-to-eye, Dean is left unpaid while Joanna sets sail. The following day, Joanna is fished out of the sea, after falling overboard, suffering from amnesia. Dean sees a neat way to regain the money she owes him... he tells her she's his wife; that way Dean gets a free housekeeper and mother for his four kids. Written by Rob Hartill

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16 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yli laidan  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,880,006 (USA) (20 December 1987)

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$26,713,187 (USA)
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Trivia

Kurt Russell says that this and Captain Ron (1992) are the two movies everyone seems to have on their boats. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Joey is reading from the comic book to Annie and presents her with a macaroni necklace, the shadow of a crew member is cast over them. It can't be the shadow of one of the other boys because they are all seated and are too far away to produce such a prominent shadow. See more »

Quotes

Grant Stayton: [to Annie] I suppose we're on our way back to the jungles of Oregon?
Joanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt: I want to go back, Grant.
Grant Stayton: To him.
Joanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt: Yes. I'm sorry.
Grant Stayton: You haven't begun to be sorry, you hillbilly harlot!
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Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard
Performed by The Wright Brothers
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You'll go overboard for more laughs and a good time
5 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overboard is the kind of a fun movie to watch anytime. I saw it the movie theater 14 years ago. Today, I still watch it on television or on the video tape. It is truly a comedic classic not to be disregarded at all. It is truly funny, entertaining, and enlightening. If haven't seen it, you must for a good time. Great cast of actors and characters, I miss Roddy McDowall. I wished that Roddy got knighthood while he was alive. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have been together what must be like an eternity in Hollywood or at least a few years. Edward Herrmann has a great supporting role as Joanna's husband and Katherine Helmond from "Who's the Boss?" plays Joanna's snobbish New Yorker mother. The story begins with rich Joanna wanting a closet for her shoes so she hires a local carpenter, Kurt Russell, who does not meet her criteria. She insults and mistreats him like an animal and refuses to pay him. When she falls overboard accidentally, she loses her memory. When Kurt's character finds out, he decides to bring her home and make her pay him back. The predictable event happens so watch and see and don't watch the butchered television version either.


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