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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$28,890,240 (USA)
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Trivia

It is said before the field trip that one of the group has not left the hospital in twelve years. As the story progresses, the viewer learns that Billy (Michael Keaton) has been there for a year and a half and Henry (Christopher Lloyd) for two. Later, Jack (Peter Boyle) visits his old office and most people remember him, implying he hasn't been gone for more than a few years. This leaves Albert (Stephen Furst) as the long-term patient, the only one of the group whose earlier life nothing is revealed about. See more »

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In one early scene Christopher Lloyd, thinking he's a doctor, walks in on Stephen Furst who's singing the National Anthem while watching the start of a Yankees/Orioles baseball game. The hospital they're in is in New Jersey, and both the Yankees and Orioles play in the same time zone. But the clock on the back wall says 10:30. No games start at that time. See more »

Quotes

Jack: I drove the moneylenders from the temple. I can handle a ten-spot.
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References Wolfen (1981) See more »

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STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Performed by Robert Merrill
Music by John Stafford Smith (uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key (uncredited)
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Lunatics On The Loose
27 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a humorous film about a small group of mental patients who are let loose in New York City for a day. They are "Jack" (Peter Boyle), "Henry" (Christopher Lloyd), "Billy" (Michael Keaton).and "Albert" (Stephen Furst). Actually, they are taken to a ballgame and the doctor in charge of them is kidnapped there, after he witnesses a crime. The boys are are now on their own in a "lost in New York" scenario.

Mainly, this film is a bunch of sight gags more than a cohesive story. Boyle, Lloyd and Keaton are all, by now, well-known actors who bring a lot of life to their characters here. It's a lot of silliness but, for the most part, works and provides a lot of laughs. As a baseball fan, I appreciated Furst's performance best.

Peter Boyle ("Jack McDermott") plays one of several insane people who are "lost in New York" and are out on the streets having a good time. He is a "Jesus freak," which the screenwriters consider nuts, of course. He and other churchgoers are pictured in the movies as lunatics. Gosh, what a shock Hollywood would do that. They also have crooked cops in here - another shock.

The film still had a lot of funny moments, thanks to the actors and the interesting premise of mental patients fending for themselves in the big city. It's total lunacy.


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