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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John W. Burns, Jr.
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Donald Becker
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George Maitlin
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Laura Rollins
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Harvey Michaels
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Vera Maitlin
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Lawrence Baird
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Perry Kovin
Victoria Jackson ...
Robin
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Watkins
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Unger
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Dr. Smet
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Hendricks
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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. But then Dr. Maitlin meets the real Dr. Lawrence Baird at a congress in London... Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl> typos corrected by Hikari

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A comedy of truly loony proportions.

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De schizofrene sofa  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,005,304 (USA)
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This psychiatric comedy movie's trailer declared that the film would be coming soon to a theater you can deal with. See more »

Quotes

Hendricks: He cares, that's the secret. It's in his voice. Do you know what that means to an advertiser?
Donald Becker: Whoever wants the donuts without jelly, they're ready.
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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Fever
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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Couch Trip
11 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would agree with the comments already posted to this site by the previous rater.

I first stumbled across this movie back in the '80s, when I was employed at a psychiatric hospital. Unfortunately, many of the barbs aimed at the psychiatric profession do hit home. I especially enjoyed the ending, where the psychiatrist would speak thru the door to the hospitalized Grodin. Trust me, its fairly accurate.

Of course, doors at most psych hospitals are not locked, nor are straightjackets used much these days, and any hospital MUST be licensed to have a "padded room".

But a wonderfully underrated film, and certainly one that is quite amusing.

Jeff


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