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Modern Problems (1981)

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Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

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Ken Shapiro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Max Fielder
Patti D'Arbanville ... Darcy
Dabney Coleman ... Mark Winslow
Mary Kay Place ... Lorraine
Nell Carter ... Dorita
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Brian Stills
Mitch Kreindel Mitch Kreindel ... Barry
Arthur Sellers Arthur Sellers ... Mobile Supervisor
Sandy Helberg ... Pete
Neil Thompson Neil Thompson ... Controller #1
Carl Irwin ... Controller #2
Ronald E. House Ronald E. House ... Vendor (as Ron House)
Buzzy Linhart ... The Tile Man
Henry Corden ... Dubrovnik
Christine Nazareth Christine Nazareth ... Redhead
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Storyline

Air traffic controller Max Fiedler is unhappy with his career and his second marriage. An exposure to toxic waste gives him the power of telekinesis. He comes to a crossroads at a beachhouse he shares with his wife, his ex, and a voodoo priestess. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Max Fielder has just discovered the power of telekinesis, and he's about to move your world. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Ken Shapiro described this film as "An adult Disney movie...in which Carrie (1976) meets Annie Hall (1977)." See more »

Goofs

When Dorita pours the powder around the bed it is in the shape of a square. When Max sucks the powder through his nose, it's a circle. See more »

Quotes

Darcy: Max, please, what is the matter with you lately? I was kidding.
Max Fielder: Look at my face. I can't go to dinner like this. Look.
Darcy: Your face looks fine.
Max Fielder: I'm not going. I'm staying up here.
Darcy: Max. Max, you promised me that you would try to relax and be close to me this weekend.
Max Fielder: You were only kidding?
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Crazy Credits

Alternate takes (without audio) are shown of the main characters during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References The Desert Rats (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Excerpts from the ballet 'Coppelia'
Music by Léo Delibes
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Forgotten Chevy Chase
21 February 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler (Chevy Chase), recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

The bloody nose scene goes from mildly amusing to rather revolting, and that made it something I could have done without. But that was the only really bad part of the film.

Fans of Chase may not have seen this one, as it is not well known. Younger fans (those who now know him best from "Community") will definitely not have heard of it. Check it out. Please.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Modern Problems See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,154,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,154,211
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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