Drop Dead Fred (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  24 May 1991 (USA)
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A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.


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A young woman who has experienced a series of unfortunate events is reunited with Fred, her imaginary friend from childhood, who promises to make her life better -- though his methods are more violent and abusive than anything.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Charles ...
Bob Reid ...
Sjoukje De Jong Douma ...
Paul Holmes ...
Steve Cochran ...


A young woman who's attempting to find her place in the world battles with her controlling mother and a womanizing husband finds comfort and confusion with the appearance of her childhood friend. It is a zappy movie that emphasizes self-actualization. Written by C. Marshall

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Let Him Out! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fais de l'air Fred  »

Box Office


$13,878,334 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script was originally offered to Tim Burton, but he declined to direct. See more »


When Charles is taking the woman for a test drive in the car, Elizabeth pulls up next to them, and the boom is reflected in her door before it moves out of shot, though the boom pole is visible throughout the scene. See more »


[first lines]
Polly: And the prince took the beautiful young girl in his arms and said, will you marry me? Yes, she whispered, I will be your princess.
Young Elizabeth: Did they live happily ever after?
Polly: Of course, Elizabeth.
[tucking her in]
Young Elizabeth: How do you know?
Polly: Because she was a good little girl. If she had been naughty, the prince would have run away.
Young Elizabeth: What a pile of shit!
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Great for kids and adults that like fantasy.
19 November 2004 | by (West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that I loved as a kid. I never understood any of the adult parts of the movie of course at a young age. But the movie itself never left my memories and has stayed with me as I've grown up. Now I am going on 26 years old and watching it again. I haven't seen it since I was in elementary school. It brings back so many good memories and was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Now that I'm an adult I understand all the adult parts of the movie which now has a slightly different meaning. But it's still a good movie for kids and for any adult that likes fantasy. Especially adults like me that wish they could go back to being a kid.

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