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Overboard -- A wealthy, obnoxious woman hires a carpenter to do some work on her yacht. When the two don't see eye-to-eye, the carpenter is left unpaid, while the woman, Joanna, sets sail. The following day, after falling overboard, Joanna's fished out of the sea.  When she is diagnosed with amnesia, the carpenter sees a great way to regain the money she owes him...he tells Joanna she's his wife; that way he gets a free housekeeper and mother for his four kids.


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Release Date:
16 December 1987 (USA) See more »
A cruel but beautiful heiress screws over a hired carpenter, who later is the first one to find her when she gets amnesia. Looking for a little revenge he convinces her that she's his wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Better than I expected See more (99 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Goldie Hawn ... Joanna / Annie

Kurt Russell ... Dean Proffitt

Edward Herrmann ... Grant Stayton III

Katherine Helmond ... Edith Mintz

Mike Hagerty ... Billy Pratt (as Michael Hagerty)

Roddy McDowall ... Andrew

Jared Rushton ... Charlie
Jeffrey Wiseman ... Joey
Brian Price ... Travis
Jamie Wild ... Greg
Frank Campanella ... Captain Karl
Harvey Miller ... Dr. Norman Korman (as Harvey Alan Miller)
Frank Buxton ... Elk Cove: Wilbur Budd
Carol Williard ... Elk Cove: Rose Budd
Doris Hess ... Elk Cove: Adele Burbridge
Ed Cree ... Elk Cove: Thud Gittman
Mona Lyden ... Elk Cove: Gertie
Lucinda Crosby ... Elk Cove: Waitress

Bing Russell ... Elk Cove: Sheriff Earl
Richard Stahl ... Elk Cove: Hospital Psychiatrist
Ray Combs ... Elk Cove: Cop at Hospital
Marvin Braverman ... Elk Cove: Doctor at Hospital
The Wright Brothers ... The Wright Brothers Band
Tim Wright ... The Wright Brothers Band
Tom Wright ... The Wright Brothers Band
John McDowell III ... The Wright Brothers Band
Steven Walker ... The Wright Brothers Band
Israel Juarbe ... The Yacht: Engine Room Crewman
Robert Goldman ... The Yacht: Crew Helmsman
Keith Syphers ... The Yacht: Crew
Robert Meadows ... The Yacht: Crew
Julie Paris ... Grant's Girlfriends
Rielle Hunter ... Grant's Girlfriends (as Lisa Hunter)
Lisa Beth Ross ... Grant's Girlfriends
Erin Grant ... Grant's Girlfriends
Liz Stewart ... Grant's Girlfriends

Laura Fabian ... Grant's Girlfriends
Paul Tinder ... Coast Guard Cutter: Coast Guard Captain

Scott Marshall ... Coast Guard Cutter: Coast Guard Spotter Lucas
Bill Applebaum ... Coast Guard Cutter: Coast Guard Friend

Don Thompson ... Coast Guard Cutter: Coast Guard Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hector Elizondo ... Garbage Scow Skipper (uncredited)

Garry Marshall ... Drummer (uncredited)
Blair Richwood ... Psychiatric Nurse (uncredited)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Olaf, Stayton Flunky (uncredited)

Directed by
Garry Marshall 
Writing credits
Leslie Dixon (written by)

Produced by
Nick Abdo .... associate producer
Roddy McDowall .... executive producer
Alexandra Rose .... producer
Anthea Sylbert .... producer
Original Music by
Alan Silvestri 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sonny Baskin 
Dov Hoenig 
Casting by
Joanne Zaluski 
Art Direction by
Jim Dultz 
James Shanahan 
Set Decoration by
Tom Bugenhagen 
Costume Design by
Wayne A. Finkelman  (as Wayne Finkelman)
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist (as Tom Case)
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michele Ader .... unit production manager
James Herbert .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Abdo .... second unit director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
Katy Emde .... first assistant director
Paul Fonteyn .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Judy Cammer .... set designer
William D. Derham .... assistant property master (as William Derham)
Edward G. Fitzgerald .... leadman (as Ed Fitzgerald)
Andrew P. Flores .... labor forman
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator
George Hardwicke .... swing gang
Darrell Huntsman .... greensman
Pat LaTong .... swing gang
Tony Leonardi .... stand-by painter (as Anthony Leonardi Jr.)
Renaldo T. Paneque .... swing gang
Bob Santaella .... swing gang
Jerry Sargent .... construction foreman (as Jerry L. Sargent)
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
William James Teegarden .... set designer
James F. Walker .... construction foreman
Ron Yates .... set designer
Sound Department
Nicholas R. Allen .... utility sound technician
Lorna Anderson .... sound editor
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
David Bifano .... audio programmer
Bruce Bisenz .... sound mixer
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
George Fredrick .... sound editor (as George Frederick)
Avram D. Gold .... sound editor (as Avram Gold)
Timothy A. Hoggatt .... rerecording mixer
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Rick Kline .... rerecording mixer
Dave Kulczycki .... sound editor (as David Kulczycki)
Donald O. Mitchell .... rerecording mixer
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
Douglas J. Schulman .... boom operator
David Spence .... sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor (as Don Warner)
Jack Woods .... adr editor
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Cathie Speakman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects coordinator
Lambert Powell .... special effects (as Lambert A. Powell)
Richard Ratliff .... special effects (as Richard C. Ratliff)
Ralph Winiger .... special effects (as Ralph A. Winiger)
Geoff Brewer .... stunt player
Hal Burton .... stunt coordinator
Charly Morgan .... stunt player (as Charly Marie Morgan)
Gary Pike .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Ash .... lighting technician
Lester Boykin .... lighting technician (as Lester C. Boykin)
Bill Fleming .... second company grip (as William J. Fleming)
Steven W. Gage .... loader
Bud Heller .... key grip
Susan C. Ingram .... second assistant camera
Horace Jordan .... first assistant camera (as Horace B. Jordan Jr.)
Carol McCullough .... still photographer
Russell McElhatton .... camera technician
Chris Napolitano .... lighting technician (as Christopher C. Napolitano)
Brad Rea .... grip
Charles L. Sereci .... dolly grip
Stuart A. Spohn .... chief lighting technician
Ken Tosic .... lighting technician (as Kenneth Tosic)
Pernell Youngblood Tyus .... camera operator
Lance Wandling .... video playback operator
Don Whipple .... grip (as Donald E. Whipple Jr.)
Randy Woodside .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Randy J. Woodside)
Casting Department
Jack Lemos .... location casting
Toni Lemos .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Antonio Martínez .... costumer: men (as Antonio Martinez)
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costumer: Ms. Hawn
Diana Wilson .... set costumer (as Diana Jones-Wilson)
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor (as Pam Wise)
Editorial Department
Bobby Bell .... assistant editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Joe Mosca .... assistant editor
Angel Pine .... second assistant editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Mark Sadusky .... first assistant editor
Christopher Edward Wilding .... post-production assistant (as Christopher Wilding)
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... assistant music editor
James B. Campbell .... orchestrator (as James Campbell)
Kenneth Karman .... music editor
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Joel Sill .... music consultant
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Frank 'Cat' Ballou .... transportation coordinator
Gregory Dultz .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Anderson .... production assistant
Michael Birznieks .... production assistant: Ms. Hawn (as Michael S. Birznieks)
John Craig .... production accountant
Mary Daley .... assistant: Ms. Sylbert
Kimberly Felix .... production assistant
Jeane Fitting .... assistant: Mr. McDowell
Diane Frazen .... executive assistant: Mr. Marshall
Charles J. Gegen .... assistant: Mr. McDowell
Dennis Grisco .... head animal trainer
Jamie Lynn Grossman .... assistant: Ms. Rose
Irwin Hale .... production assistant
Penny Lee Hallin .... dialogue coach
Patti Hawn .... publicist
Deloris Claris Horn .... personal assistant: Ms. Hawn (as Deloris Horn)
Mario Iscovich .... location manager
Bridgette Kelley .... production assistant (as Bridgette F. Kelley)
Shane Kerwin .... production assistant
Michael G. Kierce .... craft service
Jain Lemos .... production secretary
Lawrence Miller .... visual consultant
John Moy .... craft service (as John S. Moy)
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Blair Richwood .... secretary: Mr. Marshall
Carolyn Rothstein .... production assistant (as Carolyn M. Rothstein)
William T. Schneider .... location manager
Rob Stevens .... production secretary
Russ Tanaka .... medic
Anita Terrian .... production coordinator
Zachary Weintraub .... production assistant
Karl A. Wickman .... helicopter pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Shari Cartun .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Joseph D. Amato .... thanks: liaison officer, USCG (as CWO Joseph D. Amato)
Morgan Cavett .... thanks
Andrew N. Czapowskyj .... thanks: commanding officer, USCG Point Evans (as Lt.JG. Andrew N. Czapowskyj)
Marv Dennis .... thanks
Reed Jopling .... thanks (as Captain Reed Jopling)
Marty Kurzfeld .... thanks
Barbara Marshall .... thanks (as Barbara Sue Wells)
Judy Rooney .... thanks
Dennis R. Washington .... thanks: owner of the motor yacht Attesa
Crew believed to be complete

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106 min | 112 min (TCM print)
Color (Metrocolor)
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Dean Profit's old Dodge pickup was later used as the pickup that tailgated Chevy Chase and his family in the opening scenes of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Annie and Dean are being helped into the Zodiac, the camera bounces due to a wave, and a causeway is visible in the background.See more »
Joanna:You know forks were invented so that man could at least make a pretense of separating himself from the apes.
Dean Proffitt:So were thumbs.
Joanna:What did you say?
Dean Proffitt:Nothing. It was... my stomach.
Joanna:Well try to control your bodily noises so I can hear myself think.
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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Better than I expected, 30 September 1999
Author: Papii-2 from Upstate NY

I was given this movie as a gift and didn't particularly know anything about it. The storyline was acceptable as was the acting. There was something about watching this movie with a woman (if I was alone I may have not liked it), but there were a few 'feel good' scenes and enough laughs to make this a worthwhile movie.

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