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The Dream Team (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 April 1989 (USA)
Four mental patients on a field trip in New York must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job.

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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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Traum-Team  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,890,240 (USA)
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Trivia

The picture is the seventh of only nine feature films that were directed by Hollywood director Howard Zieff. See more »

Goofs

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

Dr. Verboven: Jack, Jesus Christ would never point a gun at another human being.
Jack McDermott: Stay out of my psychosis! Now get your ass in that van.
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References Salsa (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM For ME
Written by Fabian Andre (as F. Andree), Wilbur Schwandt (as W. Schwandt)and Gus Kahn
Performed by Bill Goffi
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Neat little comedy.
19 November 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

In the hands of lesser a director and less talented actors, THE DREAM TEAM's plot about four mental patients loose in Manhattan would be silly and childish. Here, it is funny as hell, you stayed glued to the screen. The four patients are Michael Keaton, as a loose tempered but charming liar, Peter Boyle as an ex-executive who now believes he is Jesus Christ, Christopher Lloyd as a compulsive neat-nick and Stephen Furst as a catatonic TV commercial/Baseball fan.

Their run-ins with unsuspecting New Yorkers come fast and fresh, no re-heated gags here. Look for a young perky Lorraine Bracco and Broadway great Phillip Bosco in supporting parts.


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