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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 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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Der Couch-Trip  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$11,005,304 (USA)

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According to the IMDCDb, the make and model of the motor-bike that Dan Aykroyd and Walter Matthau ride off on was a Harley-Davidson 1340 Softail. See more »


Donald Becker: [to Laura] I love you passionately. From the first moment we met, I knew I aroused a powerful emotion in you. It was disgust, but I can build on that.
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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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Very funny underrated 80's flick
14 March 2002 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I am surprised that this, well above average 80's comedy scores only a 5.2 from all the IMDB voters. Dan Ackroyd does his usual satirical turn as a con who seizes a great opportunity to steal a contract from his prisons physician. He retreats to California to start his work giving advice on a radio show pretending to be the infamous Dr Lawrence Baird. The only person that knows he's an imposter is the drunken priest (Walter Matthau) who comes along to be pampered by Ackroyd's new found wealth having blakmailed him. Charles Grodin throws in a good supporting performance too. For its genre I think this film deserves the same crediblity as 'Ferris Bueller' or 'Trading Places'. 7.5 / 10

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