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Checking Out (1989)

R | | Comedy | 21 April 1989 (USA)
A successful family man, who works for an airline, becomes consumed by fear of death after his colleague and best friend dies in front of him from heart attack while telling the setup for the joke: "Why don't Italians like barbecues?"

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Ray Macklin
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Jenny Macklin
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Harry Lardner
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Diana
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Connie Hagen
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Pat Hagen
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Barbara
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Mr. D'Amato
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Father Carmody
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Val (as Trudi Dochtermann)
John Durbin ...
Spencer Gillinger
Adelle Lutz ...
Dr. Helmsley
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Dr. Duffin
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Dr. Haskell
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Dr. Wolfe
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Ray is a man obsessed with his own mortality. When Ray's best friend dies of a heart attack, Ray is convinced that all of his aches and pains are an indication of his own imminent death. His life turns into a slapstick farce of health-crazed anxiety and hypochondria, until he finally learns that all he has to fear is fear itself. Written by Witrack

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A funny look at "take two aspirin and call me in the morning." See more »

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21 April 1989 (USA)  »

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A Morte Debaixo do Braço  »

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Prior to the film being shot, director David Leland assured Joe Eszterhas that he would not change Eszterhas' script in any way. When Eszterhas saw a rough cut of the film, he was angry to discover that new subplots and characters not in the original script had been introduced. Eszterhas initially demanded that his name be taken off the film but when Leland removed most of what Eszterhas was objecting to, the screenwriter allowed his name to be put back on. See more »

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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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ONLY THE LONELY
Composed by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
Used by permission of Acuff-Rose/Opryland Music Ltd.
Performed by Roy Orbison
Under license from CBS Special Products, a service of CBS Records, Inc.
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One terrific scene
1 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had one of the most funny moments I have ever seen. I have rarely laughed so hard. It was purely situational and lacked a punchline. It takes place when Daniels meets that fellow hypochondriac that is a multi-millionaire. He places so much faith in this guy and his so called health secrets. The fact is the rich health nut is a total hypocrite. He's a complete slob as depicted when he throws down his food wrappers. For a guy so concerned with his own health he ruins the very environment with which he occupies. The culmination of this reality hits Daniles like a mack truck when he sneaks into the limo of the "afluent health guru"-ha ha. The place is an utter pig sty. The limo is filled with rotting food and trash. Even funnier is all the books and health gear that is rat packed into this limo. It is at this moment that Daniels realizes he has been duped by his own madness. He realizes his misplaced faith in such a moron. Giddy with excitement from his moment of epiphany he starts laughing hysterically and starts trashing the contents of the limo. It's so funny because moments ago he thought this guy was all put together. Quite literally he can throw everything and anything around and this health nut wouldn't know the difference.

Other than that the movie is just OK. If that scene fails to impress you so be it.


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