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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doido por Ela See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,758,371, 27 December 1981

Gross USA:

$26,154,211
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Show-business trade papers "Daily Variety" and "The Hollywood Reporter" erroneously reported that this picture was the feature film debut of Nell Carter and Brian Doyle-Murray, but the two had appeared in earlier movies. Carter appeared in Hair (1979) and Back Roads (1981), and Doyle-Murray appeared in Fuzz (1972) and Caddyshack (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Chevy Chase is following the Toxic Waste truck, he is being sprayed and his car is covered with green foam. When he passes the truck on the right his car has nothing on it, on the next shot it is covered with the foam again. See more »

Quotes

Dorita: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Shoot. I better do this. Damn doctor come here, do it all wrong, piss off the demon, and blow us all to white man's hell, and I ain't got time to deal with that, come on.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs The Exorcist (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Gonna Get It Next Time
Performed by The Tubes
Arranged and produced by David Foster
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Lyrics by Adrienne Anderson
Music by Dominic Frontiere
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Awful, Just Plain Awful
22 February 2001 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Terrible Chevy Chase-vehicle that is rude, ugly, disgusting, and totally terrible. Chase stars as an air traffic controller who experiences some changes after coming into contact with some radioactive material. The film never does make much sense. Gross-out scenes and stupid sexual references make "Modern Problems" a pure waste of a film that should be avoided at all costs. Turkey (0 stars out of 5).


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