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Critical Condition (1987)

R | | Comedy | 16 January 1987 (USA)
Con man Kevin Lennihan, framed in a jewel smuggling, tries for an insanity plea, and is sent to a hospital for review, where he is confused for a doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Denis Hamill (story), John Hamill (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Eddie / Kevin
Rachel Ticotin ... Rachel
Rubén Blades ... Louis
Joe Mantegna ... Chambers
Bob Dishy ... Dr. Foster
Sylvia Miles ... Maggie
Joe Dallesandro ... Stucky
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Box
Bob Saget ... Dr. Joffe
Joseph Ragno ... Palazzi
Jon Polito ... Kline
Garrett Morris ... Helicopter Junkie
Brian Tarantina ... Tommy Pinto
Jude Ciccolella ... Jack Kinney
Çigdem Selisik Onat ... Dr. Hoffman (as Cigdem Onat)
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Storyline

Kevin Lennihan is a con artist. But this time he's framed and comes before a judge. By claiming insanity he hopes to get off the hook. He manages to end up in a hospital on Governors Island in New York Harbor for a mental examination. That night a storm breaks out over the area and the electricity to the hospital is out. In the ensuing chaos that follows Kevin is mistaken for a doctor, Eddie Slattery. Suddenly he is in charge of a whole hospital. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Guess who's playing doctor? See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Lennihan (as Dr. Slattery) walks in with a tray of drugs for the addicts singing the song "Party All the Time" by Eddie Murphy. Richard Pryor would later co-star with Murphy in Harlem Nights (1991). See more »

Goofs

Box opens the garage door, yells about his dog being kicked. However, Stuckey kicks the patient who thinks he's a dog several seconds before Box actually opens the garage door. There is no way that Box could have seen Stucky kick the dog. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Lenahan: Up and down stick? What are you talking about, my dick?
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Alternate Versions

A slightly different intro was filmed for the TV version. In the original theatrical release, Richard Pryor is seen meeting the loan shark in a sex shop. But the TV version has the meeting in an old warehouse. In addition, the TV version tones down some of Richard Pryor's language, and has a slightly different end credits sequence showing the main characters as their names are displayed in the credits list. The theatrical version just had standard titles over a black background. See more »


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PARTY ALL THE TIME
Written by Rick James
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Beginning of Pryor's MS
13 October 2020 | by warrennotesSee all my reviews

During an interview with Johnny Carson to promote this movie, Pryor mentioned that he had a 20 lb. weight loss and couldn't gain it back. A battery of medical tests found no problem. The next day, he lost the vision in his right eye. We now know that this was the beginning of his MS.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Critical Condition See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,715,701, 18 January 1987

Gross USA:

$20,240,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,240,502
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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