The Couch Trip (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  15 January 1988 (USA)
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The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John W. Burns, Jr.
Donald Becker
George Maitlin
Laura Rollins
Harvey Michaels
Vera Maitlin
Lawrence Baird
Perry Kovin
Victoria Jackson ...
Dr. Smet


The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. But then Dr. Maitlin meets the real Dr. Lawrence Baird at a congress in London... Written by Tony Kessen <> typos corrected by Hikari

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A comedy of truly loony proportions.




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15 January 1988 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$11,005,304 (USA)

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John Williams Burns Junior (Dan Aykroyd has the same prison number, 7474505B, that his characters, Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers (1980) and Louis Winthorpe III in Trading Places (1983), had in both those two earlier films. See more »


Donald Becker: [holding several doughnuts with straws inserted] If anybody wants a doughnut with no jelly, these are ready.
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Referenced in Freak Out (2004) See more »


by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) and Eddie Cooley
Hudson Bay Music, Inc. on behalf of Fort Knox Music, Inc. / Trio Music Company, Inc.
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An Under-rated Gem!
20 November 2002 | by (Cardiff, UK) – See all my reviews

As a fan of Dan Aykroyd, I watched this film when it was recently shown in the middle of night on TV. I wasn't expecting much, so it came as a big surprise that I loved it so much.

This is the type of film that Dan Aykroyd seems to love to make. A chance for him to 'ham it up' and not take things too seriously. If you loved him in The Blues Brothers or Ghostbusters you'll know what I mean, and you'd be wise to check out The Couch Trip.

Avid fans of Aykroyd will also have fun spotting all the tiny links to his other films in the script!

I can't describe this film without spoiling it for you, so all I can do is tell you to check it out. I can't praise this film highly enough, and it must surely be time for a DVD release!!

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