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Danny Deckchair (2003)

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An Aussie becomes a national sensation when he lifts off in his deck chair tied to balloons.

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Danny Morgan
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Glenda Lake
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Trudy Dunphy
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Sandy Upman
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Ray Vitali
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Phil Stubbs
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Based on a true story, the tale of a cement truck driver named Danny, whose long awaited vacation is cancelled thanks to his scheming girlfriend, Trudy. Danny escapes his grim life in suburban Australia and blasts into the skies in a chair tied with helium balloons. A mighty thunderstorm blows him clean off the map, and spits him out far away over the lush green town of Clarence. In this new town, he rockets into the world of Glenda, the town's only parking cop. While the media back home becomes obsessed with the story of his disappearance, Danny gets to reinvent himself in this new town, and in his great adventure, he discovers a true soulmate in Glenda. Fate catches up with him eventually, as Danny's true identity is revealed and Trudy--now a tabloid celebrity--comes to the idyllic town to claim Danny and drag him back to Sydney. Danny, however, is a changed man; he's discovered what it means to be happy and has found a new self-worth. Saying farewell to Trudy, Danny makes a dynamic... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A story of a guy, a deckchair and a bunch of balloons. [Scandinavian DVD.] See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related situations | See all certifications »

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31 July 2003 (Australia)  »

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Danny's Daydream  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,304 (USA) (13 August 2004)

Gross:

$159,279 (USA) (24 September 2004)
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Trivia

Inspired by the antics of "Lawnchair" Larry Walters who flew over San Pedro, California in a lawn chair rigged with 42 weather balloons on July 2, 1982. See more »

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When Danny bites the balloon and falls out of the chair, the next shot shows the AMP Building (viewed from above) in a mirror image. See more »

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Trudy Dunphy: What happened to you out there?
Danny Morgan: Everything.
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What About You?
(2002)
Written by Cletis Carr, Brooke Leal (as Brooke Amanda Leal)
Performed by Brooke Leal
Cellar Music / Warner Chappell Music Australia / CP Music Pty. Ltd.
Used by permission of Warner Chappell Music Australia
Licensed from CP Music Pty. Ltd.
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Very fun, feel good film
14 September 2004 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

When I walked into the theatre, it was spotted with very few people wanting to see the film, and most had just walked in because of the interesting title, but everyone left the theatre laughing and joking with one another. I have never seen a movie which inspired me to smile so much, and feel so good afterward. The scenery was amazing, the story was innovative, and Rhys Ifans was an extremely lovable character. All in all, a very good film, and definitely worth seeing. Danny's character was very charismatic, and his views on life can relate to everyone who has just wanted to get away. I especially liked the way he interacted with his friends and the people around him. By the end of the film, you really feel like you have a new friend in a strange way. Anyways, I would describe this as a Notting Hill/Bridget Jones/ Muriel's Wedding combination, with a little Whale Rider for spice. It gives new hope to the Australian film making industry.


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