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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Newald
Bill Goffi ...
Singer / Accordionist
Jack Duffy ...
Brad Sullivan ...
Sgt. Vincente
Harold Surratt ...
Kenneth Raybourne ...
Gospel Musician


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 <>

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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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Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Traum-Team  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$28,890,240 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


As the van pulls out of the hospital grounds, no traffic is passing in either direction, and the only traffic control is a small portable STOP sign at the guard's booth. But when the van enters the public road, it passes a long line of vehicles that have obviously been held up for the film production. See more »


Jack: [Begins to undress] We are all naked in the eyes of the lord.
Henry: STOP! This man is clinically insane! He is presently undergoing treatment at Cedarbrook Hospital under my supervision!
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Composed by David Lindup
Courtesy of Brutton Music Limited
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Rise, my son, and walk!
25 June 2003 | by (Omaha) – See all my reviews

If you like Michael Keaton, Peter Boyle, or Christopher Lloyd, you will like this film. That's guaranteed. But even if you are not fans of the aforementioned talents, I think you will still enjoy this movie.

Keaton is at his sarcastic best with his role as a guy with anger problems. It's easy to empathize with him, especially in the situations he finds himself in. I don't know of any other contemporary actor who could deliver these lines with the same effect.

Similarly, Peter Boyle surpasses his performance in "Young Frankenstein" with his comedic portrayal of a man who believes he is Jesus Christ. His walk through a hospital is not to be missed!

Lloyd plays the control-freak authority figure wannabe with finesse. It would be difficult indeed to watch this talented comedic actor play a straight role.

Stephen Furst is excellent as a man who can only speak in baseball metaphors. Where the hell has he been since Animal House?

The plot is weak and quite predictable, but the lines delivered along the way are worth the effort. One of the great sleepers.

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