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Drop Dead Fred (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 24 May 1991 (USA)
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'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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Unusual, Uncontrollable, Unleashed, Unreal See more »


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Culpa é do Fred  »

Box Office


$6,788,000 (estimated)


$13,878,334 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The film was released the same year Rik Mayall's popular sitcom Bottom (1991) premiered on British television. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

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Everything you could want from a film- fun, funny, moving and Rik Mayall
19 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought Drop Dead Fred was a wonderfully magic film as it has a brilliant sense of humour, a beautiful friendship, love , a moving end and -of course- Rik Mayall's brilliant British humour. I first saw Drop Dead Fred when I was 15 and didn't really fancy it at first but there was nothing else on T.V, however, what I thought was going to be a purely childish movie turned out to be a wonderful light- hearted film for everyone and enjoyed every minute of it, and i'm not afraid to say I did have a few tears in my eyes at the end but it was beautifully acted and a perfect end to a perfect film. I only wish i had an imaginary friend like Fred when I was small. Both thumbs up for Rik Mayall's excellent portrait as Fred, I can't think of anyone more suitable for the role than him.

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