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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
Michael Tucker ...
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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Val (as Trudi Dochtermann)
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Spencer Gillinger
Adelle Lutz ...
Dr. Helmsley
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Dr. Duffin
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Dr. Haskell
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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 of my most favorite movies
8 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are many many scenes in this movie that are just hilarious. The characters are just great. From this movie I became an Alex Havey fan, as well as the guy who sells him the medical equipment. Whenever I see him in a movie now I always think back to the great scene in this movie when father and son are bonding over hypochondria.

My favorite scene is right in the beginning when Melonie Mayron says "We won't do it again," to the security guards after they set off their house alarm. The movie is over the top, but it just keeps coming, The funny thing about the no punchlines comment mentioned above is that the whole movie the Jeff Daniels character is trying to find out the punchline of the joke his friend the Alex Havey character was telling when he dies. The movie is riddled with stupid punchlines.

You also may want to know that the backers of this movie include David Byrne and George Harrison.

I have to say that this is the first time I reviewed a movie here. This is the one that made me want to do it.


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