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What About Bob? (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  17 May 1991 (USA)
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A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, a manipulative, obsessively compulsive narcissist, tracks him down during his family vacation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Willis ...
Roger Bowen ...
Fran Brill ...
Brian Reddy ...
Doris Belack ...
Dr. Catherine Tomsky
Melinda Mullins ...
Marie Grady
Marcella Lowery ...
Betty, Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch ...
Gwen, Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres ...
Claire, Dr. Marvin's Secretary


Doctor Leo Marvin, an egotistical psychotherapist in New York City, is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance on a "Good Morning America" telecast, during which he plans to brag about "Baby Steps," his new book about emotional disorder theories in which he details his philosophy of treating patients and their phobias. Meanwhile, Bob Wiley is a recluse who is so afraid to leave his own apartment that he has to talk himself out the door. When Bob is pawned off on Leo by a psychotherapist colleague, Bob becomes attached to Leo. Leo finds Bob extremely annoying. When Leo accompanies his wife Fay, his daughter Anna, and his son Siggy to a peaceful New Hampshire lakeside cottage for a month-long vacation, Leo thinks he's been freed from Bob. Leo expects to mesmerize his family with his prowess as a brilliant husband and remarkable father who knows all there is to know about instructing his wife and raising his kids. But Bob isn't going to let Leo enjoy a quiet summer by the lake. By ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Bob's a special kind of friend. The kind that drives you crazy!




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Release Date:

17 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Qué tal, Bob?  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$63,710,000 (USA)

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Julie Hagerty was only ten years older than Kathryn Erbe who played her daughter Anna Marvin. See more »


When the Good Morning America crew arrives for filming, the Sigmund Freud bust is on the mantle in the background. When the crew actually begins filming, the bust has been replaced by duck decoy for the full filming sequence. See more »


[first lines]
Bob Wiley: I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful...
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Referenced in Reaper: What About Blob (2007) See more »


Good Morning America Theme
from "Good Morning America (1975)"
Written by Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Hazard
Courtesy of Capitol Cities ABC, Inc.
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My Family Film
5 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this movie when I was a small boy back in the mid 90's and thinking how great it was back then. This was a film that I watched all the time with my family and I consider it to be on of my family's personal favorite films. I believe that virtually every family has that small collection of films that they have watched countless times and "What About Bob" is that movie for my family. Along with "National Lampoons Vacation" I can safely say that "What About Bob" has shaped my life because of its genius script and acting methods of both Dreyfuss and Murray. Overall this is a great little gem of a movie that deserves to be watched at least once.

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Bob is sane, and Leo is crazy...from the beginning. keenvj
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