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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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They're alone and lost in New York, the only place crazier than they are. 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)

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$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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When the Doctor walks Albert (Stephen Furst) to the alley, you can see Stephen stop pretending he needs the toilet a little too early (over Billy's shoulder) before entering the alley. See more »

Quotes

Henry: I'm the doctor until the doctor comes back!
Billy: Okay, you be the doctor and I'll be the escaped mental patient, okay?
[Kicks the van and walks off]
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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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