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The Dream Team (1989)

PG-13  |   |  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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If they knew the city was this crazy, they would have stayed in the asylum. [dvd] See more »

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4 pazzi in libertà  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,890,240 (USA)
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Lead actor Michael Keaton, who also starred in Batman (1989) opposite Jack Nicholson as the Joker, appears in this film basically playing a version of the same type of R.P. McMurphy character that Nicholson played in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Christopher Lloyd, who played Taber alongside Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), co-stars with Keaton in The Dream Team (1989). See more »

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After the boys rescue Dr Weitzman and Riley is pushing his wheelchair, he has a cast on his left leg. However, when he is helped out of the van at the sanitarium, it has jumped to his right leg. See more »

Quotes

Billy: [about why he threw a chair through the window] I'm sorry. I just flashed back to 'Nam.
Dr. Weitzman: You never made it to Vietnam, Bill.
Henry: He's too violent for Vietnam.
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References Wolfen (1981) See more »

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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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