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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
Alan Flower ...
Ray Vitali
Julie Sobotta ...
Kate (as Jules Sobotta)
Brian Langsworth ...
Real Estate Agent
Steve Rassios ...
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Madeleine James ...
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Donna
Gina Bortolin ...
Helen Costas
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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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For anyone who ever dreamed of taking off. 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)  »

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 »

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In the beginning, Danny tells his friend he is flying to Port Douglas to go camping. Port Douglas does not have a civil airport. To get to there from Sydney one would have to fly to Cairns and then catch a bus farther north to Port Douglas See more »

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Wing Commander Matthews: It's a tough country out there. We're talking nuts and berries.
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Thanks to ... the residents of Hambly Street & Environs, Botany and the residents of Bellingen. See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Screems from Da Old Plantation
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Written by King Kapisi (as B. Urale), Kas Futialo (as K. Futialo)
Performed by King Kapisi
Licensed courtesy of Festival Mushroom Records
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Surprisingly heartwarming story
9 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Working at Blockbuster, I glanced upon the title vaguely while running movies and decided to give it a shot. Within the first 10 minutes of the film, I had become enraptured in the Austrailian culture that engrossed the film. It only got better from there.

The story is strong--not too sappy or emotional, yet still rich in contrasting emotions transcending any particular genre of film (save action).

The actors also were very strong in there respective roles. Ryhs Ifans (Danny Morgan/Deckchair) played the laid-back/riveting Danny beautifully (totally believable). Miranda Otto (Glenda) also did a wonderful job playing the shy parking officer who fell in love with the "alien" from the sky.

I would definitely (and have done so) recommend to anyone just trying to chill out with a movie for an evening and walk away refreshed.


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