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Delirious (1991)

 -  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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Janet Dubois / Louise
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Rachel Hedison / Laura Claybourne
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Blake Hedison
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Nurse Helen Caldwell
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Mickey
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Lou Sherwood
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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

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Comedy | Fantasy

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9 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delirante  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,546,827 (USA)
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Trivia

In the scene at the party, where the characters of "Jack Gable" and "Rachel Hedison" are dancing, John Candy and Emma Samms did the scene without doubles, although it was difficult to tell because of the distance from which it was shot. Emma Samms commented how graceful and talented of a dancer John Candy was, despite his size. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Jack Gable: What are you doing here? I sent you to Cleveland.
Jack Gates: I should kill you for that alone.
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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 »

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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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Soap Opera fantasy/spoof - typical John Candy comedy but not his best
18 May 2013 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Slightly along the lines of My Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter but the other way around and with fantasy rather than contrivance, with similar comedy and cheesy soap opera acting/story lines. It's silly, ridiculous but typical of soap opera shenanigans and it's quite a good spoof in that regard. John Candy is typical John Candy and everyone else is over-the-top, including Robert Wagner as himself and Raymond Burr in a comedic role, and Jerry Orbach too!

Delirious is a crazy romp set in a fantasy town created by a lovesick soap opera scriptwriter. In a concussion-induced delirium Jack Gable (Candy) thinks he's inside his own soap opera and uses his writing to make himself into a dashing hero. It's Hollywood schmaltz but rather enjoyable and good for silly giggles. Lots of silly stunts (pretty impressive horsemanship) but shockingly bad sound/dubbing and there's lots of holes in the production. Overall a nice rainy afternoon watch. Wouldn't recommend it or necessarily watch it again although I really like John Candy, however, this was by no means Uncle Buck.


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