A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.

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Cast

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Janet Dubois / Louise
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Rachel Hedison / Laura Claybourne
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Carter Hedison
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Blake Hedison
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Ty Hedison
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Nurse Helen Caldwell
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Mickey
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Lou Sherwood
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Arlene Sherwood
Milt Oberman ...
Fetterman
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Cable Man
Tony Steedman ...
Edward the Butler
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Len (as John Bolger)
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Storyline

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 <rick.munoz@his.com>

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A Comedy about a Soap Opera Writer Who's Typing without a Ribbon See more »

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9 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delirante  »

Box Office

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,546,827 (USA)
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Trivia

Jack Gable (John Candy) produces a rare Nat King Cole record that appears three more times in the movie. It plays in the deli for Jack and Janet (Mariel Hemingway), Blake (Dylan Baker) fans himself with it at the auction and it plays again when Jack returns to the deli at the end. See more »

Goofs

When Jack Gates (Robert Wagner) arrives to shoot Jack Gable (John Candy) after fixing his typewriter, Gable is already heard typing, but the shot reveals nothing on the typewriter. See more »

Quotes

[watching a scene from "Beyond Our Dreams"]
Cable Man: Geez, what a body!
Jack Gable: Laura is more than a body.
Cable Man: Laura?
Jack Gable: Laura Claybourne, she plays Rachel.
Cable Man: Sorry, you must really follow this shit.
Jack Gable: No, I write this shit.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 6 March 1991 (1991) See more »

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DELIRIOUS
Written by Prince (as Prince Nelson)
Performed by Prince
Published by Controversy Music
Administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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