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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.


(as Ate De Jong)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Charles ...
Attractive Customer
Bob Reid ...
Judge Dubben
Sjoukje De Jong Douma ...
Grandma Bunce
Paul Holmes ...
Man in Speedboat
Steve Cochran ...
Waiter #1


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He makes the trouble, she takes the blame. 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)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


PolyGram and Working Title Films did not have US distribution divisions at the time. They often relied on other distributors to handle US distribution for their movies. They were both struggling to find a US distributor to sell the film to. They showed the final cut of Drop Dead Fred to various distributors including Orion Pictures, Miramax Films, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Vestron Pictures, TriStar Pictures, MGM/UA, and 20th Century Fox. All of them called the film "a depressing children's movie on drugs" and turned the movie down. They even brought it to The Geffen Film Company. But they turned it down because they felt the movie was a rip off of Beetlejuice (1988), which Geffen distributed 3 years earlier. Finally they showed the film to New Line Cinema. New Line CEO Robert Shaye and executive Michael DeLuca bashed and hated the movie with Shaye allegedly calling the movie "horseshit". But fellow executive Sara Risher was the only one who liked the movie. She felt that the character of Drop Dead Fred was a comedic reversal of Freddy Krueger in their A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) franchise. New Line at that time was also trying to find another "Freddy Krueger" character, as they were ending the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) the same year. For the next few days, Risher kept trying to convince Robert Shaye to buy the rights to the movie. Shaye finally agreed, but decided to only handle the theatrical and TV rights. He insisted on finding a different distributor to handle the video rights. Shaye tried selling them to Media Home Entertainment and HBO Video without any success. He finally sold the video rights to LIVE Entertainment who also bought the home video rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) from New Line a year earlier. See more »


When Lizzie is in the restaurant with Mickey, Fred pours her glass of water into her lap. When Fred puts the glass back down on the table, you can hear that the glass is made out of plastic. A few seconds later, Fred is holding Lizzie's wrist and knocks the glass over onto the floor, which then shatters as if it was made of glass, not plastic. 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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Drop Dead Laughing!
29 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Drop Dead Fred is a side-splittingly hilarious film, with Rik Mayall as the fantastic lead role - Drop Dead Fred. After breaking up with her boyfriend and losing her job, Elizabeth returns to her mother's house. After discovering a taped up jack-in-the-box in the cupboard, Drop Dead Fred escapes from his prison, and bursts out into freedom ... only chaos can ensue now! Phoebe Cates, who plays Elizabeth, now has a whole new load of trouble on her hands. Fred is her childhood imaginary friend - and only she can see him! There are so many funny parts in this film, it's impossible to name them all, but Rik Mayall never fails to bring up the laughs in any scene, as he gives a highly energetic, enthusiastic performance. The ending is really touching and I can never forget how when I was younger I always got upset by it. It beautifully concludes the movie, and will make you feel warm inside. Watch it and try not to laugh. It's near impossible.

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