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Lucky Stiff (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  November 1988 (USA)
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Rotund Ron Douglas has no luck with women until he meets Cynthia Mitchell, who invites him home for Christmas dinner. Her backwoods clan, descended from the Donner party, is skewed toward ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Mitchell
Ron Douglas
Pa (as Morgan Sheppard)
Barbara Howard ...
Eric West
Charles Frank ...
Andy Wood ...
Emmet Kassler
David Smith ...
Roman Kassler
Adele Malis-Morey ...
Philip Arthur Ross ...
Ike Jr. (as Phillip Arthur Ross)


Rotund Ron Douglas has no luck with women until he meets Cynthia Mitchell, who invites him home for Christmas dinner. Her backwoods clan, descended from the Donner party, is skewed toward the unnatural. Will Ron find his way back to civilization? Written by <>

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It's "Psycho" Meets "The Naked Gun"! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Christmas Dinner  »

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The second and last film directed by Anthony Perkins. See more »


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Tasty treat for fans of Pat Proft (Police Acadamy, Hot Shots, Naked Gun)
1 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As mentioned in the title, this is another story by Pat Proft who has written for all a few serial comedies, including the last two Scary Movie films. Stop here if you don't like these types of films as you most certainly won't like this movie either! To be honest, I own both Hot Shot films. This is not because I love them, it is more that I know that if I need some head cleaner these can do the trick. Comedies that have crazy plots and over the top characters which won't win Oscars, but should be entertaining enough when the mood is right.

Over the years, a few other programs have made direct references to this film. One was a kids program that re-enacted the 'scary ghost' scenes almost verbatim. As I was channel surfing, I had no idea what the program was, but needless to say, this film inspires.

I first saw Lucky Stiff in parts while on tour in Delaware. This night had a lot of partying involved, and having this film on was perfect. For years, me and one of my band mates sought this film. I finally nailed it down and bought it as a birthday gift. That copy was lost on a subsequent birthday house fire.

Now, with the DVD available, we have it once again and can rejoice in splendor of the quips, gags, and creepiness of this film. I suggest to those of you who can enjoy the Naked Gun or Hot Shot series to give this one a try. The DVD is cheap to buy online, so get it before it goes out of print! I give this a high rating for what it is against those who pan it for not being 'Gone with the Wind' or something of that caliber. I would truly offer a 6 star rating otherwise.

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