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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 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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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

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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

Stucky: This is the end of the road. I don't think I need you anymore.
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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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I didn't laugh once...
11 August 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

Though the subject had potential and one or two jokes were reasonable, this comedy really did fall flat on its face. Though I appreciate Richard Pryor when he's good and has decent material, I was never a follower of him, so hold no allegiance to the comic, so no extra points just because he stars.

It looks as if it was made in the 1970's, as were the attitudes to all the poorly targeted subjects within it. Bumbling, obvious slapstick followed by cheap, unfunny stereotyping at the psychiatric hospital. This where the potential lay, but not taken.

The worse bits were to come - mawkish melodrama where the 'patient' becomes the Emergency Room consultant and Pryor tries to bond with the poor suffering patients. The 'romance' even worse. I almost wanted hospital treatment myself! However, the sidekick scenario of a power cut due to a thunderstorm and thus everybody on life support etc getting in all sorts of trouble was a good one and about the only redeeming feature.

Unfortunately, the ending that seemed to be a shoot-out (I lost the will to care, let alone work out who) was very tedious and boring and I willed it all to be over, by any means necessary, including a power-cut in my home!


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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

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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