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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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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Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Traum-Team  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$28,890,240 (USA)

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Woman: Jerry, I need two Rum Collins, two Jack Daniels, one on the rocks, and a Heineken.
Bartender: [to Henry] What'll it be?
Henry: Jerry, I need two Rum Collins, two Jack Daniels, one on the rocks, and a Heineken. Please.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »


Written by Ron 'Diego' Johnston
Performed by Diego's Diner
Courtesy of Drivin' Records
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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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