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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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Kenneth Raybourne ...
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

The Dream Team  »

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Budget:

$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 Michael Keaton. The other picture was Tim Burton's Batman (1989). See more »

Goofs

Jack claims that Leviticus 5:14 says: "Call not for a doctor, but an elder of the church," but the actual verse is: "The LORD spoke to Moses." See more »

Quotes

Henry: [Holds up the cupcake Albert had stolen] This is NOT okay.
Dr. Weitzman: What's that?
Henry: This is Brian's cupcake. Every day an innocent man is deprived of his dessertwhile we sit here and do nothing.
Billy: [sarcastically] Ooh, you could do some time for that, Big Al. Ooh! Brian's cupcake. Doc, I say we drag him outside and beat the shit out of him.
Dr. Weitzman: Guys, guys, Brian isn't complaining so let's just drop it, alright? Don't worry about the cupcake, Albert.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

HIT THE ROAD JACK
Written by Percy Mayfield
Performed by David Johansen (as Buster Poindexter)
Produced by Hank Medress
Courtesy of RCA Records
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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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