Delirious (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  9 August 1991 (USA)
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A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Dubois / Louise
Rachel Hedison / Laura Claybourne
Carter Hedison
Blake Hedison
Ty Hedison
Nurse Helen Caldwell
Lou Sherwood
Arlene Sherwood
Milt Oberman ...
Cable Man
Tony Steedman ...
Edward the Butler
Len (as John Bolger)


Jack is the head writer for a successful soap opera, and he's sweet on the show's star, lovely Laura. It's easy for everyone but Jack to see that she's playing him for a sap. But a conk on the head brings Jack some new insights - and some new powers. He finds himself in Ashford Falls, site of his fictional soap opera -- and everything he writes comes true! It's a fantastic opportunity to get Rachel, Laura's character, to fall in love with him. But life isn't easy even in the fictional world, and even when you're the author! Written by Rick Munoz <>

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Not Based on a True Story. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delirante  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$5,546,827 (USA)

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Margot Kidder:  In a brief cameo appearance, Kidder discusses the joys of being a secretary with Mariel Hemingway in a bathroom scene. Kidder and Hemingway played rival for Superman's / Clark Kent's affections four years previously in the movie Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). See more »


All of the main characters attend an auction under a banner dated "Saturday, April 14." Later in the day, Carter Hedison goes home to wait for the cable guy and watches a college football game between Harvard and Yale. However, college football is played in the fall, not the spring. See more »


Jack Gates: I have to go to... Cleveland? Jesus, I hate Cleveland!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear as if they are being typed on a typewriter, including some mistakes (cross-outs, use of white out, etc.). See more »


References National Geographic Specials (1965) See more »


Written by James Brown and Betty Newsome
Performed by James Brown
Published by Dynatone Music
Administered by Unichappell Music Co, Inc. (BMI)/Clamike Music Co. (BMI)
Administered by Mietus Copyright Mngt.
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Fun film, not a classic, but has its moments
10 August 2007 | by (Tacoma, WA) – See all my reviews

An enjoyable premise and pulled off really well in spots, Delirious is a fun film that spoofs soap's (similar to the TV show Soap)by allowing a soap writer played by John Candy to dream that he is in the soap opera he writes for. While it the dream, he can change what is happening each moment by simply typing it out on his typewriter, most of what he writes involves his anger toward the shows other writers and a vehicle to make himself a sexy leading man while wooing his love interest played by Emma Sands. Because at some moments Candy's character is simply trying to get rid of people, Candy writes some funny, if weird, things that the characters can't even figure out why they are doing them.

Although the movie lags in places, it has some of the funniest lines I have ever heard in movies, especially the Robert Wagner lines about Cleveland and the running gag about cable TV repairmen and having to wait for them. The cable gag is really dated (I haven't had black bar issues in about 15 years)as is other parts of the film, but it still works.

Raymond Burr does a great deadpan job in his final theatrical performance. Muriel Hemmingway really stinks it up, the rest of the cast is made up of soap actors who do a nice job of spoofing their own genre.

Another good flick that spoofs soaps is Soapdish, does not have the fantasy piece of Delirious, but is also very funny.

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