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Checking Out (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  21 April 1989 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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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
Billy Beck ...
Father Carmody
Trudy Dochterman ...
Val (as Trudi Dochtermann)
John Durbin ...
Spencer Gillinger
Adelle Lutz ...
Dr. Helmsley
Felton Perry ...
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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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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Not Funny
1 November 2003 | by (Parts Unknown) – See all my reviews

Although many "comedies" turn out to not be so funny, this one never even tries! There are no jokes or humorous situations to be found anywhere in this film. If I didn't know better I'd say Checking Out was written as a drama then re-edited into a comedy.

This movie really could have been funny if it had been better written.


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