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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With imaginary friends like THIS, who needs enemies? 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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Lea Thompson, Kerri Green, Molly Ringwald, Julia Roberts, and Winona Ryder were all considered for the role of Elizabeth. See more »


After Fred brings the dog poop in and gets it all over the carpet and the chair he tosses the ink and Elizabeth has to lunge to catch it. The dog poop isn't on the carpet when she lands. 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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Fred is REAL!
30 August 2002 | by (North Carolina originally England) – See all my reviews

I am amazed by the amount of people who have discussed this movie in the terms of being about "mental illness".... it should become clear by the end of the movie that this is a fantasy, Fred is not an imaginary friend he is "real" he exists and his sole purpose in life is to help children in a dark place and bring them out of themselves. Imaginary friends do not move on to another child, imaginary friends are the property of those who imagine them. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I saw a review of "Gremlins" on here by the same people who said "nasty little creatures who create distruction around them are not funny". This is a funny movie, plain and simple. Rick Mayall is outstanding as Fred and Phoebe Cates gives the perfect performance as the downtrodden daughter and wife. Anyone who says bad things about this movie has obviously never seen a fantasy movie before and taken it for what it is. I am surprised that they didn't call Demi Moore delusional in "Ghost" because she was refusing to let go of her boyfriend and "imagined" all the stuff that went on. This is a fantasy folks, a pure unadulterated fantasy and it is a bloody funny one at that. Watch it, it will make you laugh, it will make you smile, and it will make you chuckle.... what more can you ask and again Rick Mayall is brilliant.

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