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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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Pete
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Ray Vitali
Julie Sobotta ...
Kate (as Jules Sobotta)
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Helen Costas
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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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For anyone who ever dreamed of taking off. See more »

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

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31 July 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Goofs

It's made clear that Danny Morgan and Trudy are unmarried. Yet when Sandy interviews her on the disappearance she's listed as being Trudi Morgan. She would only have Danny's last name if they had gotten married. See more »

Quotes

Trudy Dunphy: What happened to you out there?
Danny Morgan: Everything.
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Spoofed in Arrested Development: Forget Me Now (2005) See more »

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The Honeymoon Is Over
(1993)
Written by Danny Atkins (as Atkins), James Cruickshank (as Cruickshank) & Gregory Perkins (as Perkins)
Performed by The Cruel Sea
PolyGram Music Publishing Pty. Ltd.
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Australia Pty. Limited
Licensed from Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
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Based on a true story! (Yes, TRUE!)
16 July 2006 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film is loosely based on the July 2, 1982 flight of Larry Walters, 'Lawnchair Larry'. Most that know of it think that Larry's flight in a lawn chair, aided by 45 weather balloons, to an altitude of 11,000 to 16,000 feet is an 'urban legend', but it really indeed happened. There were scores of witnesses including two airline pilots who reported the sighting to the air traffic controllers at local airport. He actually was fined by the FAA on several charges, all of which are really hilarious when you read the story. Get on the Internet and read about the flight and Larry's life because the facts of what really happened are more inspiring than this movie!


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