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Going Overboard -- A struggling young comedian takes a menial job on a cruise ship where he hopes for his big chance to make it in the world of cruise ship comedy.
Going Overboard -- A struggling young comedian takes a menial job on a cruise ship where he hopes for his big chance to make it in the world of cruise ship comedy.


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12 May 1989 (USA) See more »
In the world of comedy, it's sink or swim. See more »
A struggling young comedian takes a menial job on a cruise ship where he hopes for his big chance to make it in the world of cruise ship comedy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Young ... General Noriega

Adam Sandler ... Schecky Moskowitz

Scott LaRose ... Dickie Diamond
Lisa Collins ... Ellen (as Liza Collins Zane)
Tom Hodges ... Bob / Schecky's Mother

Adam Rifkin ... Croaker / Miss Spain

Peter Berg ... Mort Ginsberg (as Pete Berg)

Valerie Breiman ... Bambi

Joe Gieb ... Referee

Ricky Paull Goldin ... Terrorist Without Shirt
Warren Selko ... Terrorist with Mustache

Steven Brill ... Priest

Billy Zane ... King Neptune

Terry Moore ... Mistress
Kim Ferrill ... Miss Ohio
Sheila Luquire ... Miss Cuba
Sherry Sukman ... Miss Texas
Laura Mraz ... Miss Kansas / Liz
Renee Harter ... Miss Germany
Diane Boyce ... Miss California
Mary Requist ... Miss Mexico

Elizabeth Primm ... Miss Louisiana / Bunny Miller
Stacey Marie Palmer ... Miss Jamaica / Chickie
Lisa C. Vendetti ... Miss Israel / Bluebell
Catherine Satterwhite ... Miss Arkansas / Pammy (as Katherine Sutterwhite)
Tonya Parma ... Miss France

Allen Covert ... Bartender
Gabe Sachs ... Funeral Moaner
Jim Ellis ... Male Passenger
Rocco Ancarola ... Waiter

Billy Bob Thornton ... Dave
Jon Ingoldsby ... Yellow Teeth
Sean Ingoldsby ... Yellow Teeth

Dan Povenmire ... Yellow Teeth
Curt Bisquera ... Yellow Teeth (as Curt M. Bisquera)
Margaret Ford ... Drummer Girl (as Margaret B. Ford)
Tina Wilson ... Boxing Ring Girl
Patrese Clark ... Fantasy Beach Girl
Tammy C. Rief ... Beach Girl
Tiffany Rief ... Beach Girl
Cassandra Bright ... Beach Girl
Kimberly Bridges ... Beach Girl
Naomi Sampson ... Hostage
Chris Bogard ... Slimy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Milton Berle ... Himself (uncredited)
Michael Hopey ... Baby Moses (uncredited)

Natasha Pavlovich ... (uncredited)
John Wehrle ... Sailor Geek 1 (uncredited)

Directed by
Valerie Breiman 
Writing credits
Valerie Breiman (written by)

Adam Sandler (additional material) and
Scott LaRose (additional material)

Adam Rifkin  uncredited

Produced by
Mark Daniel Jones .... executive producer: L.A. Dreams Productions
Adam Rifkin .... co-producer
Paul Ruffman .... associate producer
Mark Schultz .... executive producer
Randolf Turrow .... producer (as Randolf L. Turrow)
Original Music by
Steven Scott Smalley 
Cinematography by
Ron Jacobs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Randy D. Wiles  (as Randy Wiles)
Production Design by
Alex Tavoularis 
Set Decoration by
Stephanie Ziemer 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects artist: second unit (as Alan Apone)
Mary Brando .... makeup supervisor: second unit
Adelaide Granier .... hair stylist
Michael Spatola .... makeup supervisor (as Mike Spatola)
Merrill C. Stringer .... hair stylist
Production Management
William Martens .... production manager
Richard Muessel .... production supervisor: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Jirgal .... first assistant director (as John E. Jirgal)
Patrick 'PJ' Mainello .... first assistant director: second unit (as Patrick Mainello)
Christopher Rogers .... second assistant director: second unit
Randolf Turrow .... first assistant director
Art Department
Paul Cheponis .... set dresser: second unit
Gary Fettis .... property master: second unit
Sound Department
Nicholas R. Allen .... sound mixer (as Nicholas Allen)
James Bailey .... foley artist
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Victoria Bowes .... boom operator: second unit (as Victoria Thoma)
Stanley Carr .... foley mixer (as Stanley B. Carr)
Harry Cheney .... digital prelay operator (as Harry M. Cheney)
Thomas Cunliffe .... sound mixer: second unit (as Tom Cunliffe)
Patrick J. Foley .... digital prelay operator
Robin Haskins .... adr mixer
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Orlow .... boom operator
Larry Pitman .... digital prelay operator
Sanford Ponder .... digital prelay operator
Richard Raderman .... sound supervisor
Bill Rojas .... sound consultant
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Barry Snyder .... digital prelay supervisor (as Barry A. Snyder)
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer
Breck Warwick .... foley artist
Jack Zinder .... additional sound mixer: second unit
J. Rock Palermo .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin L. Aguilar .... gaffer: second unit (as Marty Aguillar)
Fred Cohen .... gaffer
Andre Costa .... key grip: second unit
John Damon .... grip
John Doherty .... gaffer: second unit
John Doherty .... second grip: second unit
Kevin Higgins Jr. .... generator operator
Chris Hill .... video technician (as Chris B. Hill)
Nicholas Hoffman .... key grip
Ron Jacobs Jr. .... electrician
Ron Jacobs Jr. .... grip
Steven Juda .... first assistant camera
Jerry Knight .... best boy grip: second unit
Scott Middleton .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Scott R. Middleton)
Spencer Newman .... second assistant camera
Keith Salkowski .... second electric
Gary D. Scott .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Gary Scott)
Michael R. Smith .... best boy: second unit
Ron Wolf .... clapper loader: second unit
Animation Department
Carol Ann Coates .... cel painter
Dan Povenmire .... animator
Tiana Povenmire .... cel painter
James Pyper .... cel painter
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Carnahan .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Jacqueline Wiles .... assistant editor
Russ Wiles .... editorial supervisor (as Rusty Wiles)
Music Department
Kenneth Chasen .... digital prelay operator: music (as Ken Chasen)
Tarquin Gotch .... music supervisor
Susan McLean .... score recordist
Steve Owens .... music supervisor
Steve Owens .... music supervisor
Dana Rasch .... musician: metal guitar
Michael Stone .... music engineer
John Ugarte .... technical music advisor
Other crew
Estee Chandler .... script supervisor: second unit
Jamie Clardy .... production assistant
Allen Covert .... production assistant
Andres Eugenio .... craft service
Robert Fuentes .... production assistant
Clellan Gracy .... production assistant
David Janssen .... production assistant (as David S. Janssen)
Donna Jenkins .... production accountant
Cheryl Lawson .... animal wrangler: kitten
Marianne Martens .... production secretary
Richard McQuilkin .... production coordinator
Christopher Nefcy .... consultant: computers
Lauren Rifkin .... production assistant (as Laurie Rifkin)
Gabe Sachs .... talent coordinator
Michael Taub .... assistant production coordinator
Kirtley M. Thiesmeyer .... legal services
Ingrid Thronson .... production assistant
Sandyan Turrow .... travel arrangements
Robert A. Wyman .... legal services
Michael Saleman .... distribution legal (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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This is Adam Sandler's first feature film. The production was shot entirely on a cruise ship going from New Orleans to Cancun. The ship was going to the Miss Universe Pageant and was filled with beauty queens from all over the United States. The camera crew forgot to bring a box of lenses on the ship, so the director of photography was forced to shoot with the wrong lenses.See more »
Dickie Diamond:[to Shecky ] Look at ya, you look just like ya sister... A PIG!See more »
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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
If you hate Adam Sandler, you'll hate this movie. If you love Adam'll still hate this movie., 31 May 2001
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

Even if you're a huge Sandler fan, please don't bother with this extremely disappointing comedy! I bought this movie for $7.99, assuming it has to be at least halfway decent since my man Sandler is in it and because I assumed some women would get naked (judging by the R-rating and scantily-clad women on the cover). Well, there are quite a few scantily-clad women, but none get naked. I'm not sure what point this was in Sandler's career, but I'm guessing it was even before his SNL days. I can be wrong. This is like watching one of his home movies. He might look back at a cheesy movie like this and reminisce about the good ol' times...but we (the audience) are left to dry. This is hardly a "movie"! Sandler does a lot of talking to the camera, and even admits at one point that this is "no-budget" movie (that's right, not a low-budget movie, a NO-budget movie). So our job is pretty much to laugh AT the quirky characters. There is no steady plot, it's like an extended sketch comedy show--but a crude and badly written one. That guy who played the nasty comedian was completely annoying and it was implausible in the first place that he would receive such a mass audience. And Sandler finds his comic inspiration by saying the one classic Henny Youngman line "Take my wife, please" and the audience is on the floor? I'm not even going to TRY to make any logic here. Sure, Sandler's current and recent movies are not known for making a lot of sense (the penguin in "Billy Madison," the midget in "Happy Gilmore's" Happy Place) but the comedy works. This is a strictly amateurish work, and even if you're curious about Adam's early days in film--you still won't be interested. You're better off checking out his start on SNL or maybe his underrated role in "Mixed Nuts." Of course, the Sandman is not the only actor wasted in this thankless vehicle. Billy Bob Thornton also makes a short appearance, Billy Zane ("Titanic") has a supporting role and the great Burt Young (from the "Rocky" movies) has a significant role.

This awful comedy will most probably be collecting dust on the 99-cent rental section of your local video store--and rightfully so.

My score: 3 (out of 10)

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