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It is said before the field trip that one of the group has not left the hospital in twelve years. As the story progresses, the viewer learns that Billy (Michael Keaton) has been there for a year and a half and Henry (Christopher Lloyd) for two. Later, Jack (Peter Boyle) visits his old office and most people remember him, implying he hasn't been gone for more than a few years. This leaves Albert (Stephen Furst) as the long-term patient, the only one of the group whose earlier life nothing is revealed about.
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Principal photography on this picture started filming in June 1988.
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Billy (Michael Keaton) jokingly tells the shopkeeper that he and his group are a special combat unit with the US Marine Corps after some Libyan terrorists. This may be a reference to Back to the Future (1985), where Libyan terrorists were after Christopher Lloyd's character, Doc Brown.
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First of two movies released in consecutive years where actor Michael Keaton played a psychologically disturbed character. The second film was 1990's Pacific Heights (1990) where Keaton played a psychotic tenant.
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One of two 1989 movies first released that year starring actor-comedian Michael Keaton. The other picture was Tim Burton's Batman (1989).
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Some movie posters for this film featured a long blurb that read: "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. The Dream Team. Four guys on a field trip to reality".
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The place where the hospital inmates went on a day trip to see a baseball game was the "Yankee Stadium". The venue was closed in 2008 and demolished in 2010. The site where the sports arena existed is now parklands.
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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).
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At one point in the picture, Jack McDermott (Peter Boyle) says: "I was pulling down one hundred big ones a year when you Satan and were out chasing Daryl Hannah!". In the following year after this movie launched, Hannah co-starred with Dudley Moore in a psychiatric comedy of her own, 1990's Crazy People (1990).
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This comedy's two top-billed lead stars, actor-comedians Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd, both share last names which are the same as the surnames of two famous Hollywood silent movie comedians, they being Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd respectively.
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According to 'Time Out', the earlier film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) is acknowledged and dismissed in an . . . opening scene".
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Star Billing: Michael Keaton (1st), Christopher Lloyd (2nd), Peter Boyle (3rd), Stephen Furst (4th) and Lorraine Bracco (5th).
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The picture is the seventh of only nine feature films that were directed by Hollywood director Howard Zieff.
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The place in the Big Apple where the dream team mental patients ran through the rain covered under a gigantic oblong cardboard box was New York's Times Square.
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Portraying Dr. Weitzman was actor Dennis Boutsikaris who has played many medicos on numerous times throughout his acting career.
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The name of the mental health facility was "The Cedarbrook Psychiatric Hospital".
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Of the film's cast and crew, at least two worked on the earlier famous psychiatric drama One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) to which this movie has often been likened and compared. These were actor Christopher Lloyd and title designer Wayne Fitzgerald.
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The film's "Dream Team" title would become about three years after this picture debuted the nick-name for the US National Men's Olympic Basketball Team. The "Dream Team" name would continue to be permanently be associated with the basketball team but this film was first released before the nick-name for them was formed in 1992.
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First film in about five years that was directed by director Howard Zieff whose last picture had been 1984's Unfaithfully Yours (1984).
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One of two 1989 movies first released that year starring actor-comedian Christopher Lloyd. The other picture was Back to the Future Part II (1989).
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All three characters that Michael Keaton played in movies in 1989 were all 'B' names with first names beginning with that letter. They were Billy Caulfield in this film and Batman and Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).
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According to film critic Leonard Maltin, the picture "seems inspired by "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)".
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