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Release Date:
4 March 1988 (USA) See more »
On the New Jersey Turnpike, no one can hear you scream. See more »
Arlo accepts what seems to him to be a dream promotion to Idaho. He soon discovers, however, that moving has its own share of problems. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Pryor ... Arlo Pear

Beverly Todd ... Monica Pear

Stacey Dash ... Casey Pear
Raphael Harris ... Marshall Pear
Ishmael Harris ... Randy Pear

Randy Quaid ... Frank / Cornall Crawford
Tony Rolan ... Parking Attendant
Claire Malis ... Helen Fredericks

John Wesley ... Roy Hendersen
Jason Marin ... Paperboy

Traci Lind ... Natalie (as Traci Lin)
Will Gill Jr. ... Security Guard

Don Franklin ... Kevin

Gordon Jump ... Simon Eberhart

Dave Thomas ... Gary Marcus

Julius Carry ... Coach Wilcox (as Julius Carry III)
Stephen Michael Cole ... Young Husband
Diedre Madsen ... Young Wife

Anne Gee Byrd ... Realtor

David L. King ... Kitchen Couple Man

Bever-Leigh Banfield ... Kitchen Couple Woman

Paul Willson ... Mr. Seeger

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Mrs. Seeger (as Lynne Stewart)
Dorothy Meyer ... Grandma

Al Fann ... Grandpa
Don Draper ... Homeowner

Alan Oppenheimer ... Mr. Cadell
Brooke Alderson ... Mrs. Cadell
Dave Johnson ... Race Track Announcer

Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Edwards

Robert LaSardo ... Perry
Darrah Meeley ... Mrs. Davenport

Bill Wiley ... Arnold Butterworth
Bibi Osterwald ... Crystal Butterworth
Anne Bellamy ... Woman at Yard Sale
Molly McClure ... Puzzle Lady
Gene Ross ... Bike Buyer

Dana Carvey ... Brad Williams

Patrick Cranshaw ... Packer

Morris Day ... Rudy

King Kong Bundy ... Gorgo
Lori Doran ... Waitress
Shirley Brown ... Mrs. Messina
Jacque Lynn Colton ... Mrs. Griffin

Shirley Jo Finney ... Jr. High Secretary

Joe Praml ... Ted Barnett
Roger E. Reid ... Bob Delaney (as Roger Reid)
Lisa Moncure ... Nina Franklin
Joseph Feinstein ... Reporter
Audree Chapman ... Reporter

Rif Hutton ... Reporter
Michael Briggs ... Reporter
J.J. Barry ... Bartender
Dian Kobayashi ... Anchorman

Rae Allen ... Dr. Phyllis Ames

Newell Alexander ... Announcer

Leslie Jordan ... Customer at Bar
Michael Casey ... Hank

Denise Dal Vera ... Girl in Limo (as Denise Kendall)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rodney Dangerfield ... Loan Broker (uncredited)
Andrew Parker ... Diner patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Metter 
Writing credits
Andy Breckman (written by)

Produced by
Stuart Cornfeld .... producer
Kim Kurumada .... associate producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine 
Film Editing by
Alan Balsam 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
Art Direction by
Joe Wood 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna 
Costume Design by
Deborah Lynn Scott  (as Deborah L. Scott)
Makeup Department
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kim Kurumada .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francis J. Conway .... third assistant director (as Francis Conway)
Marty P. Ewing .... first assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Artist W. Robinson .... second assistant director (as Artist Robinson)
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... head greens coordinator
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser
Danny Hinzo .... painter
Steven Kerlagon .... paint foreman
Daniel Maltese .... set designer
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Roy Bean .... cable person
Joel Fein .... re-recording mixer (as Joe Fein)
Tom Gerard .... re-recording mixer (as Thomas Gerard)
William Hartman .... sound editor
David M. Ice .... sound editor
Fred Judkins .... sound editor
Tom C. McCarthy .... sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Howard Neiman .... sound editor (as Howard S.M. Neiman)
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as Jim Tanenbaum)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr supervisor
Anthony Zero .... sound editor (as Tony Zero)
Special Effects by
Michael Lantieri .... special effects
Clay Pinney .... special effects
Billy Bates .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunt double
Carlton Holder .... stunt double: Richard Pryor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas E. Ackerman .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Ackerman)
Don Burgess .... director of photography: second unit
Norman Glasser .... chief lighting technician
John Koester .... camera operator
John McCoy .... camera operator: second unit
William Philban .... camera operator: second unit
George Stephenson .... camera operator: second unit
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator
Ronald Vidor .... steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Margaret Adachi .... first assistant editor
William Fletcher .... assistant editor
Location Management
Rick Schmidlin .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
Steve Goldman .... music supervisor
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Brian Eddolls .... music arranger: music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dominic Jack Pizzo Sr. .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Bryan Renfro .... dog trainer
Steven Ritt .... dog trainer
B.J. Smith .... set medic
Hope Williams .... script supervisor: second unit
Thomas A. Davila .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | UK:15 | USA:TV-PG (L, for rating.) | USA:R (certificate #28972) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

When Arlo's Saab is brought back, there is a car door from a police car attached to the bumper with the words "GO POLICE" visible. The font and color are the same as the Chicago Police Department, used at the time of filming.See more »
Factual errors: As the Pears are moving, one of the movers mentions that it is Mardi Gras time. Mardi Gras takes place in the winter. However, both New Jersey and Idaho appear to be experiencing a curiously warm winter since all of the people are wearing summer-type clothing and all of the lawns are green.See more »
Arlo Pear:I'm calling about the Ginsu knives. Arlo Pear. P-E-A-R.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs North by Northwest (1959)See more »
Salty DogSee more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Harmless Richard Pryor Comedy, 28 June 2005
Author: Idocamstuf from Greenville, NY

In this silly, but fun comedy from director Alan Metter(Back To School), Richard Pryor plays an engineer finds what seems to be the perfect job. The only problem is that the job is in Idaho, which means that his family would have to sell their home in Chicago and move out to Idaho. Several disasters occur as Pryor attempts to pack up and move across country, everything that could possibly go wrong does. The film is not exactly a laugh fest, but Pryor keeps the film entertaining with his great comic energy. Dave Thomas and Dana Carvey are fun in supporting roles, as well as Rodney Dangerfield as a gambling loan officer. Overall, a harmless film that benefits greatly from the presence of Pryor. 5.8/10.

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