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
John Michael Bolger ...
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 <rick.munoz@his.com>

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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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Did You Know?


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 »


There seems to be a line missing in the dialogue between Jack Gable (John Candy) and Len (John Michael Bolger). Jack calls Len, but Len automatically knows who's talking and which car is his before Jack says anything. See more »


Jack Gable: Jack Gable: I am dead! I'm in Hell! And my punishment, is to spend eternity on my own show!
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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 »


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


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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Help, I'm Trapped In My Own Soap Opera
7 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

That's John Candy's dilemma in Delirious. Candy's a writer for a popular television day time soap which seems to bear more resemblance to the night time big budget soaps so popular in the Eighties. Anyway after some creative differences with fellow writers Jerry Orbach and Renee Taylor, Candy gets into a nasty car wreck and when he wakes up finds himself in the hospital of his own show being treated by a couple of the characters of same, doctor David Rasche and nurse Andrea Thompson.

After seeing this, I see where the creators of Pleasantville got their idea. Pleasantville of course was a bit more serious in its subject matter. Delirious was a good idea that didn't quite come off although the players do give it a good try.

Part of the problem is that even in the fantasy Candy's thinking with his hormones. He's got it bad for his show's star Emma Sammes who is doing a nice Joan Collins impersonation. There's good girl Mariel Hemingway who is auditioning in real life for a part on Candy's soap opera and she shows up in the fantasy as well.

I have to give special kudos to Raymond Burr who plays the family patriarch of this soap opera with tongue firmly in cheek. Burr's occasionally flashes a twinkle which you have to be sure to catch just to let you know how much he's enjoying this. Nice he took time off from Perry Mason here.

Sammes and Burr are the real treats of Delirious. It could have been a lot funnier, but I think someone like Mel Brooks should have directed it.

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