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The Dream Team (1989)

 -  Comedy  -  7 April 1989 (USA)
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On the way to a baseball game, sanitarium patients get stranded in New York City after their chaperone is hospitalized and they're being pursued by criminals.

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Dr. Weitzman works with patients in a sanitarium. Convinced that all that his "group" needs is a some fresh air and some time away from the sanitarium, he pursuades the administration to allow him to take them to a ballgame. Unfortunately, he accidentally stumbles across a crime in progress and ends up in hospital. The group are stranded in New York City, forced to cope with a place which is often more bizarre than their sanitarium. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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This morning they were playing ping-pong in the hospital rec room. Now they're lost in New York and framed for murder. This was never covered in group therapy. See more »

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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The Dream Team  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,890,240 (USA)
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Trivia

One of two 1989 movies first released that year starring actor-comedian Christopher Lloyd. The other picture was Back to the Future Part II (1989). See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in New Jersey, but the license plate of the van is from New York. See more »

Quotes

Jack: You told me you played for the New York Rangers.
Billy: Are you saying I didn't?
Dr. Weitzman: Attacking a referee on the ice doesn't make you a hockey player either.
Billy: That guy had no right to be an NHL referee!
Dr. Weitzman: Although it did get you into our little group, didn't it?
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Features The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »

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HIT THE ROAD JACK
Written by Percy Mayfield
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of ABC/Dunhill Records and Ray Charles Enterprises, Inc.
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"It's great to be young and insane..."
16 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorites of Christopher Lloyd's films, though I came to love the ensemble casting of Michael Keaton, Peter Boyle and Stephen Furst. Keaton is great in this; he filmed this the same year he was filming the first "Batman" movie. Also a very fine performance by Dennis Boutsikaris as the kindly, ill-fated doctor. (My mother and I were always surprised when we saw him in movies afterward; he seemingly has not played anything but a**holes and arrogant lawyers since. This seems to be the one and only halfway likable character he's played.) You have to admit, if mental hospitals were this accommodating and peaceful in real life, being insane wouldn't be such a bad gig. :) I almost wanted to have myself committed by the end of this. (That's perhaps not the glowing recommendation of this film that I mean it to be....) It's like if Lloyd's other "looney bin" movie "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" had a happy ending. A gentle, harmless film to sit back and relax with. Watch for the cute yet slightly eerie reference to the World Trade Center. Another good New York crime comedy to watch back to back with this is "Quick Change" starring Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid.


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