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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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Father Carmody
Trudy Dochterman ...
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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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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END OF THE LINE
Composed and Performed by The Traveling Wilburys
Published by Ganga Publishing B.V.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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The Art of Dying
13 December 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Airline executive Jeff Daniels (as Ray Macklin) is startled when his childhood pal and adult co-worker drops dead at an annual fête. Worst of all, Allan Havey (as Pat Hagen) expires right before the punch-line of the joke question, "Why don't Italians like barbecues?" The tragedy turns Mr. Daniels into a raging hypochondriac. Preoccupied with sickness, Daniels loses his sexual urge for unsatisfied wife Melanie Mayron (as Jenny). Daniels thinks he's going to die while we're laughing at all the funny scenarios involving his expiration. It turns out the there is a surprise ailment for Daniels along with some vividly dreamy sequences...

The punch-line to the repeatedly-uttered joke, "Why don't Italians like barbecues?" is finally given, if you're waiting and wondering. It's not much of a joke, if you ask me; but, it apparently wasn't meant to be. Since this flat, slap-sticky comedy was produced by "Nelson Wilbury" aka Beatle George Harrison's HandMade Films, you do get a cool credits listen to The Traveling Wilburys' "End of the Line" and will also hear "Lefty Wilbury" aka Roy Orbison sing for "Only the Lonely". Among the interesting cameos is Mr. Harrison sweeping the floor in Heaven. Just thinking about that for a moment ought to put a smile on your face.

**** Checking Out (4/21/89) David Leland ~ Jeff Daniels, Melanie Mayron, Allan Havey, Michael Tucker


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