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Release Date:
24 May 1991 (USA) See more »
Imagine having this guy for a friend See more »
A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Ate de Jong  (as Ate De Jong)
Writing credits
Elizabeth Livingston (story)

Carlos Davis (written by) &
Anthony Fingleton (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Carlos Davis .... executive producer
Anthony Fingleton .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... producer
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
Cinematography by
Peter Deming 
Film Editing by
Marshall Harvey 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Joseph T. Garrity 
Art Direction by
Rando Schmook  (as Randall Schmook)
Set Decoration by
Colin Tugwood 
Sydney Sharpe (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Carol Wood 
Makeup Department
Richard Blair .... makeup artist: Ms. Mason
Daniel Curet .... assistant hair stylist (as Daniel Cure)
Tamara Guthrie .... hair stylist supervisor
Sherry Hartung .... assistant hair stylist
Christopher Johnson .... special makeup effects artist
Steven Mack .... wig stylist (as Steve McGlocklin)
Heather Matisoff .... key hair stylist
A.J. Nielsen .... assistant hair stylist
Lizbeth Williamson .... key makeup artist (as Lizbeth J. Williamson)
Production Management
Mary McLaglen .... unit production manager
Clarissa Troop .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Herrin .... second second assistant director
Daniel M. Stillman .... second assistant director (as Dan Stillman)
Michael Waxman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Elliot Berlovitz .... assistant props (as Elliott Berlovitz)
Marty Cusack .... additional property master
Margot Czulewicz .... assistant to set decorator
Diane Delesha .... scenic painter
Nancy Derby .... scenic painter (as Nance Corkrum-Derby)
Kathie Foslien .... greensman
Norine Joy Francis .... swing gang (as Norine Francis)
Barbara Anne Gorrie .... art department coordinator (as Barbara Gorrie)
Michael Handley .... leadman
Bob Hedstrom .... construction coordinator
Anne Hyvarinen .... lead scenic
Michael Kestner .... carpenter
Dale Kirchberg .... carpenter
Cher La Frenierè .... set dresser (as Cher Lafreniere)
Steven Linsner .... swing gang
Jonathan Martin .... swing gang
Keith Robinson .... carpenter
Deborah Schildt .... property master
Sydney Sharpe .... assistant art director
Stuart Skrien .... rigger: art department
Wendy Snauffer .... scenic painter
Kathy Stewart .... scenic painter
Steve Sutherland .... carpenter
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist (as Peter Von Sholly)
Michael Wallien .... carpenter
Wayne Wendland .... lead carpenter
Niel Williams .... on-set dresser
Dane Pizzuti Krogman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michele Spadaro .... set decorator: additional photography (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... sound mixer (as Bob Anderson)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... dialogue editor (as Sam Crutcher)
Pud Cusack .... boom operator
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Grover B. Helsley .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph Holsen .... dialogue editor (as Joe Holsen)
Terry Honore .... assistant sound editor
Victor Iorillo .... sound effects editor
Edmund J. Lachmann .... dialogue editor (as Ed Lachman)
Michael P. Redbourn .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer
John Soukup .... sound transfer
Tova Szabó .... foley editor (as Tova Szabo)
Bill Ward .... assistant sound editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (uncredited)
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Troy Porter .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Belohovek .... model builder: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc. (as Jim Belohovek)
Doug Beswick .... stop motion animator: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
Phillip Billey .... assistant special effects (as Phil Billey)
Theresa Burkett .... puppet costumer: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc. (as Teresa Burkett)
Yancy Calzada .... mechanical technician: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc.
Bob Cooper .... special effects coordinator
Mitch Devane .... stop motion sculptor: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc. (as Mitch DeVane)
Paul Murphy .... assistant special effects
Margaret Prentice .... puppet painter: Doug Beswick Productions, Inc. (as Margaret Prentick)
John Eggett .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William S. Conner .... optical effects: VCE (as Bill Conner)
David Emerson .... optical effects: VCE (as Dave Emerson)
Paul Gentry .... special photographic effects: VCE
Gary George .... optical effects: VCE
Brian Griffin .... optical effects: VCE
Todd Hall .... optical effects: VCE
Peter Kuran .... visual effects producer: VCE (as Pete Kuran)
Kevin Kutchaver .... visual effects supervisor: VCE
Jo Martin .... visual effects editorial: VCE
Pete Martin .... optical effects: VCE
Pam Vick .... animation camera: VCE
Jacqueline Zietlow .... coordinator: VCE
Jim Aupperle .... stop motion animator (uncredited)
Ky Michaelson .... stunt coordinator
BJ Davis .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunt double: Cathy Lind Hayes (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Adams .... best boy grip
Clarence Brown .... dolly grip
Scott Browner .... first assistant camera
Nick Cline .... best boy electric
David Doyle .... electrician
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robaire Feldmann)
Craig Foster .... grip
Scott Foster .... grip
Tom Franchett .... electrician (as Thomas Franchett)
Greg Gardiner .... camera operator: second unit (as Gregory Gardiner)
Johnny Hale .... grip
Kimman Harmon .... second assistant camera
Francis Kenny .... additional photographer
Michael LaViolette .... grip (as Michael Laviolette)
Chris Malone .... electrician (as Chris 'Floater' Malone)
Sandi Sissel .... additional photographer
Demmie Todd .... unit still photographer
Animation Department
Steve Segal .... animator: title animation (as Steven Segal)
Kenneth Littleton .... animator (uncredited)
Lawrence Littleton .... animator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Broussard .... wardrobe assistant
Lucy W. Corrigan .... assistant costume designer (as Lucy Corrigan)
Daryl Kerrigan .... wardrobe supervisor
Ann Miller .... wardrobe assistant
Pamela Post .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
James Groetsch .... second assistant editor
Brent Kaviar .... second assistant editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Jim Schulte .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... scoring mixer
François Blaignan .... scoring crew (as Francois Blaigan)
Gustavo Borner .... scoring crew
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Boon Heng Tan .... scoring crew
Transportation Department
Bobby Jo Cawley .... transportation coordinator (as Bobby Cawley)
Todd S. Eichens .... driver
Francis Gritz .... driver
Jim Haugh .... driver
Robert L. Heck .... driver
Scott Hendricks .... transportation captain
Charles Johnson .... driver
Kevin Kennedy .... driver
Michael Kennedy .... driver
Roger Knutson .... driver
Mark Masoner .... driver: production van
Vince Pecora .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
John Curly Barrett .... acrobat double (as John Barrett)
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Priscilla Fingleton .... production assistant
Samantha Fingleton .... production assistant
Chrysa Freeman .... production assistant
Nicole Furia .... production accountant
Anita Giordano .... catering coordinator
Robert Graf .... assistant location manager (as Bob Graf)
Julie Hartley .... production coordinator
Tim Hillman .... location manager
Billy Hinshelwood .... legal service: UK
Robin Keller .... production assistant
Margaret Lancaster .... assistant accountant
Jose Majica .... assistant chef (as Jose Mojica)
Eric Mueller .... assistant production coordinator
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance services
Julie Polkes .... unit publicist: Cottrell & Lindeman Associates
Joe Ranft .... title designer
Reva Rose .... adr artist
Pete Snell .... projectionist
David A. Sodergren .... consultant: fine arts (as David Sodergren)
Emily Stevens .... production assistant
Clarissa Troop .... assistant to producer
Vicki Van Fleet .... craft service
Larry Walack .... chef
Brad Stephens .... publicist (uncredited)
Randy Adamsick .... thanks: The Minneapolis Film Board
Laura Ashley .... thanks
Eve Benish .... thanks
Richard N. Gladstein .... thanks (as Richard Gladstein)
Evy Komarek .... thanks
Michael Kuhn .... thanks
Lou Nanni .... thanks
Kelly Pratt .... thanks: The Minneapolis Film Board
Sandy Puttnam .... thanks: Nabisco Foods
Sarah Radclyffe .... thanks
Sara Risher .... thanks
Gail Swanson .... thanks
Seth Willenson .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"My Special Friend" - Philippines (English title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Matthew Modine, Anthony Michael Hall, Charlie Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Josh Brolin, and Keanu Reeves were considered for the role of Mickey Bunce.See more »
Continuity: After the mother goes upstairs to hide Drop Dead Fred in the box, Elizabeth goes to the dining room table to clean up and you can see a dramatic change in the corn flakes mess. When they first spill it, it is more to the outside of the table and afterward it is more towards underneath the table.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Player (1992)See more »


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142 out of 166 people found the following review useful.
Don't let her turn you into one of them!, 21 January 2003
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

Drop Dead Fred is a difficult film to review. I saw it for the first time when I was 13 years old or something, and I absolutely loved it because I was right in the middle of the age group at which the film is directed. I watched it again recently, and while the film's slapstick comedy did not hold quite the same massive appeal (although I was still hugely entertained) as it did when I was younger, I regretted to discover that I had grown out of a lot of the goofy antics that went on in the movie.

However, I was reading through some of the reviews written on the IMDb by other users, and was amazed at how offended a couple of people were by this film, revealing in their reviews a total detachment from their own inner selves and a complete misunderstanding for the little people that we call kids. No, for example, I would NOT recommend a seven year old girl to psychiatric help for making a mess. This is arguably one of the most ludicrous ideas that I have ever read on the Internet Movie Database in my entire life, and believe me, I have read some jaw-droppingly moronic comments on this beloved site.

If you read through the user comments for this movie, you can so clearly see the difference in the people who liked it and the ones who hate it that it almost makes you laugh out loud that these people can't see that they are exactly the kinds of people that the movie rebels against. Drop Dead Fred begs Elizabeth not to let her mother turn her into one of them because he doesn't want her to turn into the kind of person who is so uptight and frigid and barren that she would be incapable of enjoying exactly the kind of entertainment and fun that Drop Dead Fred is.

This is a movie that was made for people who are still in touch with their inner child, people who realize that a little girl with a mother who has absolutely no understanding of the mind of a child has every right to escape into the world of an imaginary friend if it will help her escape the grayness and responsibility imposed on her by her mother, who demands absolute perfection and hasn't the first clue about how to raise a child. Very similar things can be said about various IMDb users, such as ones who refer to Fred as a product of a deranged mind or say anything about psychos or brutality or insanity.

Drop Dead Fred is not a film about an insane little girl. Indeed, I like to think that the world is populated mostly with people who understand that the minds of young children operate slightly differently than their parents'and our own, and that they can be forgiven for getting into a little mischief. I am generally against grouping together people who did not like a certain film, but in this case it seems overly obvious that the people who wrote negative reviews of this fun comedy are simply the people who resent being pointed out as the kinds of people that they are.

Drop Dead Fred is a movie that was made for fun, to be enjoyed, laughed at, and respected for reminding us that we need to lighten up occasionally and, while not necessarily flinging spaghetti in a nice restaurant, act like children every once in a while to prevent ourselves from being driven insane by the fast-paced society that we live in. And if you can't do that, if you hated Drop Dead Fred because you simply can't understand that concept, if, indeed, you think that Elizabeth is in dire need of psychiatric care, you may want to step back and look closely at your life and your views.

YOU may be the one in need of therapy.

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