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Release Date:
19 April 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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If they make them sexier than Phoebe Cates I want their addresses! See more (162 total) »


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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?

Robin Williams was offered the role of Drop Dead Fred, but instead chose to play Peter Banning in the Steven Spielberg film Hook.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The jack-in-the-box starts playing quickly in the middle of the night. When Elizabeth turns on the light it stops, but when it starts playing again, it's at a different part in the music.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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50 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
If they make them sexier than Phoebe Cates I want their addresses!, 22 May 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

Here's a little gem most everyone hated and totally misunderstood! Able to be loved by younger kids and laughed-at by the more "balanced" adults, DROP DEAD FRED is just fun. That's all it was ever meant to be! My children "grew up" with this film in our library and we have seen it probably 30 - 40 times over the years.

For those with absolutely no humor or sense of childhood-wonder still, you would be doing yourself a big favor to miss this flick. Rik Mayall (who never cut it for me particularly) is Phoebe's imaginary childhood friend made flesh and come back to haunt her. True, he is tasteless, inspirationally trouble-making and a straight-up fruit-cake, but surely wouldn't that make for the ideal imaginary friend? I laughed at the reviewer claimed "her" imaginary friend had way better taste and wouldn't be seen dead acting like "Fred"....pity her! I had one too...a couple of back-ups even and they would have LOVED Fred!

The entire point of the film is brought to bear at the very conclusion of the film when Phoebe realises she has finally grown up and Fred knows it is time to "move-on." Personally I found this extremely touching, but there again, I never grew up!

Manic Mayall was born for this one role and he makes the most of it. The restaurant scene with Cates, who is just so cool, elegant and stylish throughout, is laugh-out-loud funny...again, IF you have a sense of humor. Prudes may well be offended by some of Mayall's antics, my four children weren't! Slate the film all you wish, it remains a total another like it!

Wonderful little bit of stupidity and like I said, if they make them cuter than Cates, I've missed the boat!

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