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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)
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Spencer Gillinger
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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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Ray Mackilin's convinced he's about to die... And he's going to prove it, even if it kills him! 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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A Great Movie
19 September 2006 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I reckon this is a great movie! Jeff Daniels is so good in it! I think the jokes are funny! him being a Hypocondriact is funny... but also as you watch you can see how hurt he is inside and you feel sorry for him. Jeff looks quite cute in this. It's got a bit of Monty python style humour in it. which is very good and enjoyable. Awesome soundtrack! containing The Traveling Wilburys and Roy Orbison, etc. and was even made by George Harrison's company "Handmade films" This movie makes you appreciate the fact that you have good health. and that you shouldn't spend your life worrying about things, when you could be living you life to the fullest. A great movie indeed! :)


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