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Delirious -- When a soap opera writer (John Candy) bumps his head and wakes up in the midst of his own daytime serial, he writes himself into the storyline of a lifetime!  Emma Samms and Mariel Hemingway co-star.


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Writers (WGA):
Lawrence J. Cohen (written by) &
Fred Freeman (written by)
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Release Date:
9 August 1991 (USA) See more »
Not Based on a True Story. See more »
A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Candy ... Jack Gable

Mariel Hemingway ... Janet Dubois / Louise

Emma Samms ... Rachel Hedison / Laura Claybourne

Raymond Burr ... Carter Hedison

Dylan Baker ... Blake Hedison

Charles Rocket ... Ty Hedison

David Rasche ... Dr. Paul Kirkwood / Dennis

Andrea Thompson ... Nurse Helen Caldwell

Zach Grenier ... Mickey

Jerry Orbach ... Lou Sherwood

Renée Taylor ... Arlene Sherwood
Milt Oberman ... Fetterman

Mark Boone Junior ... Cable Man
Tony Steedman ... Edward the Butler

John Michael Bolger ... Len (as John Bolger)
Rita Gomez ... Marge
Stephanie Segal ... TV Reporter
Mark Zuelke ... Chauffeur
Dick Durock ... Riley

Anthony G. Schmidt ... Mason

Murray Rubin ... Manny
Peter Bromilow ... Auctioneer

Patrick Bristow ... Bellboy
Jason Ross-Azikiwe ... Manu
Glenn Dixon ... Elderly Man
Paul Tuerpe ... Waiter
Fred Morsell ... Choking Man
Zack Phifer ... Attendant (as Zach Phifer)

Susan Isaacs ... Marie

Marvin Kaplan ... Typewriter Repairman
Elaine Swayneson ... Secretary
Jay Della ... Ashford Falls Cable Man
Michael Caldwell ... Busboy
Bill Wittman ... Soap Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John D. Bair ... Xerox Delivery Man (uncredited)
Robert M. Bouffard ... Office Clerk (uncredited)

Robert David Crane ... Bob (uncredited)

Margot Kidder ... Woman in Washroom (uncredited)

Robert Wagner ... Jack Gates (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Mankiewicz 
Writing credits
Lawrence J. Cohen (written by) &
Fred Freeman (written by)

Produced by
Doug Claybourne .... producer
Lawrence J. Cohen .... producer
Richard Donner .... executive producer
Fred Freeman .... producer
Jill Simpson .... associate producer
Ann Ford Stevens .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cliff Eidelman 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens (director of photography) (as Robert Stevens)
Film Editing by
William D. Gordean  (as William Gordean)
Tina Hirsch 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Angelo P. Graham  (as Angelo Graham)
Art Direction by
James J. Murakami 
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as C L O U D I A)
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Makeup Department
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Susan A. Cabral .... makeup artist
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
Production Management
John J. Smith .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... first assistant director: second unit (as Scott Easton)
Brian Fong .... second second assistant director
David Hallinan .... second second assistant director: New York
John T. Kretchmer .... first assistant director (as John Kretchmer)
Terry Leonard .... second unit director (as Terry J. Leonard)
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... second assistant director: New York (as Timothy Lonsdale)
Michele Panelli-Venetis .... second assistant director
Maggie Parker .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Steve Badillo .... labor foreman
Art R. de los Santos .... labor foreman
Gerard A. Dery .... greensman
Joe Griffith .... production illustrator
Alan Hicks .... set decorator: New York
Catherine M. Jones .... art department coordinator
Peter J. Kelly .... set designer
Bill MacSems .... property master
Tom Miller .... assistant property master (as Thomas H. Miller)
Paul A. Minitello .... paint supervisor (as Paul Minitello)
Paul A. Minitello .... sign supervisor (as Paul Minitello)
Lauren E. Polizzi .... set designer (as Lauren Polizzi)
John J. Rutchland III .... general foreman
John J. Rutchland Jr. .... construction coordinator (as John J. Rutchland)
Dianne Wager .... set designer (as Diane I. Wager)
Diane L. Wagner .... set dresser
Kenneth L. Westcott .... leadman (as Kenneth Westcott)
Jerry Wunderlich .... consultant: mansion
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser (uncredited)
Dale DeStefani .... foreman (uncredited)
Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard Fernandez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Robert C. Goldstein .... set dresser (uncredited)
Dennis Janovitch .... propmaker (uncredited)
Peter J. Kelly .... set dresser (uncredited)
Frank McEldowney .... greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Bietz .... sound editor (as Pat Bietz)
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Joel Fein .... sound re-recording mixer
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer: New York
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
William L. Manger .... sound editor (as William Manger)
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor (as Colin Mouat)
Lettie Odney .... adr editor
Geoffrey Patterson .... boom operator (as Geoffrey L. Patterson)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Mary Ruth Smith .... sound editor (as Mary Smith)
John Stacy .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Stambler .... co-supervising sound editor
Bill Weinman .... assistant sound editor
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Denise Whiting .... supervising adr editor (as Denise Whiting-Gontz)
Karen G. Wilson .... sound editor (as Karen Wilson)
Daniel Kent .... cableman (uncredited)
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Arthur Brewer .... special effects coordinator (as Art Brewer)
Paul Stewart .... special effects coordinator
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Troy Brown .... stunts
Bob Elmore .... stunts
Candy Hoskins .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... assistant stunt coordinator
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator (as Terry J. Leonard)
Jimmy Medearis .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
Bob Terhune .... stunts (as Robert Terhune)
Bobby Aldridge .... stunts (uncredited)
Perry Barndt .... stunts (uncredited)
Annie Ellis .... stunts (uncredited)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Medearis .... stunt double: horse stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brink Brydon .... best boy
Joseph Capshaw .... gaffer
Christopher C. Cooper .... second assistant camera (as Christopher Cooper)
William Cueto .... rigging gaffer
James 'Packy' Dolan .... gaffer: New York (as James E. Dolan)
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator (as Allen Easton)
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer: New York (as Karin Epstein)
Tom Gilligan .... key grip: New York
Jack Glenn .... dolly grip
Brooks P. Guyer .... louma crane operator
Damon Marcellino .... electrician
David B. Nowell .... director of photography: second unit (as David Nowell)
Jane O'Neal .... still photographer
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator: New York (as Tom Priestly)
Alberto S. Ramos .... second dolly grip
Robert J. San Martin .... first assistant camera
Richard Stevens .... second assistant camera
Paul E. Sutton .... key grip
Ronald Viveros .... second grip
Casting Department
Carissa Blix .... extras casting: Cenex Casting
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: New York
Gail Gross .... musicians casting
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Mariann H.W. Lee .... extras casting: Cenex Casting
Johnny Oliver .... musicians casting
Debra Zane .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dan Bronson .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Dixon .... set costumer
Silvio Scarano .... costumer: Mr. Candy
Mary Elizabeth Still .... set costumer
Susan J. Wright .... wardrobe supervisor: second unit
Editorial Department
Tom Allen .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter: Kona Cutting
Gregory Gontz .... associate editor (as Greg Gontz)
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Ann L. Thornberg .... assistant editor
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Cliff Eidelman .... conductor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Maria Newman .... musician
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Cliff Eidelman .... musical director (uncredited)
Katherine Quittner .... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Fenster .... transportation coordinator
Michael Forte .... transportation captain
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation coordinator: New York (as Harry Leavy)
Jack Sander .... picture car coordinator
Jack Carpenter .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Toni Basil .... special choreographer
Sherry Carter .... assistant: Mr. Cohen and Mr. Freeman
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Jim Cirile .... production assistant
John Connell .... gyrosphere assistant
Robert C. Decker .... location manager (as Robert Decker)
Lynn Elliot .... production assistant
Henry Hammond .... production assistant (as Henry Hammond II)
Gregory Harris .... production assistant
Claudio Jacobellis .... production assistant
Jim Jaffe .... product placement
Michael Kelem .... gyrosphere operator
Trish Kinney .... script supervisor (as Trish Kinney Magged)
Walter Kovach .... production assistant (as Walter Wayne Kovach)
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator: New York
Gary MacPherson .... assistant production coordinator
Carol Miyaoka .... assistant: Mr. Claybourne
Morgan Moore .... unit publicist
Cynthia Neber .... assistant: Mr. Donner
Michael Norell .... assistant: Mr. Mankiewicz
Corky Randall .... horse trainer
Mark Rhodes .... location manager: New York
Rita Rokisky .... production coordinator (as Rita Jean Rokisky)
Gordon A. Spencer .... horse wrangler
Edwin Stalter .... production assistant
Stephen Traxler .... consultant: Santa Barbara (as Steve Traxler)
Gene Walker .... horse wrangler
Hubert Wells .... exotic animal supplier: Animal Actors (as Hubert G. Wells)
Hope Williams .... script supervisor: second unit
Elizabeth Yanoska .... production accountant
Tish Johnson .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Robert David Crane .... special thanks (as Bob Crane)
Jennie Lew Tugend .... special thanks

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96 min
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [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 »
Factual errors: 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 Gable:He's operating on people? He's an actor! Not even a good one!See more »
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References "Leave It to Beaver" (1957)See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
It's...Groundhog Day! Only This Time, The Master Of Comedy, John Candy..., 4 December 2002
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

John Candy made this film.

The story involves a soap opera writer (Candy) who gets knocked out, and enters his own, type-written, created world, where all the characters are alive and playing their roles - or so he thinks. They are actually living them.

So, Candy finds that whatever he writes on the 'ol typewriter happens in the world he's in, because, after all, he created it on the typewriter, right?

Built off the same foundation as "Groundhog Day," Delirious is by no means great, and not John Candy's best, (I give that to Planes, Trains and Automobiles) but it does have an actual soap opera feel to it - that cheap feel - and has some laughs along the way.

Not great, but worth watching. Candy was one of the best comedians of his time, God rest his soul...

John "Candy" Ulmer

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