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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) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Kevin Lenahan / Dr. Eddie Slattery
Rachel Ticotin ... Rachel Atwood
Rubén Blades ... Louis
Maria Cardinale Maria Cardinale
Joe Mantegna ... Arthur Chambers
Bob Dishy ... Dr. Foster
Sylvia Miles ... Nurse Maggie Lesser
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
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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

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Guess who's playing doctor? See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alkalom szüli az orvost See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,240,502
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rachel Ticotin played a character, Rachel Atwood, with the same first name as her own. 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

Dr. Joffe: This place is a joke. People are gonna die here tonight.
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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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Not the best conditions, but this one's stable
26 February 2014 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

For a Pryor film, this one is disappointing, or may'be I just found it weaker than normal, but anything with Richie in, is worth it. Here in a great titled flick, he's a framed escapee, made a psychotic patient, that has him now masquerading as a hectic doctor. But the jobs does have it's perks, with Pryor examining a young hottie's goodies, one standout scene in the whole mad affair. This film is very entertaining, though, as in seeing how Richie will get out of this. The film has a very interesting cast, including a bit part with Wesley Snipes as an ambo, and Joe Mantegna, has a heartless, hospital director, who's taken a hostage by our loonies. The cast on the patient's arm scene with Pryor laying the cast on pretty thick, with Pryor showing a young intern, was another funny moment. As was too, him trying to convince the hospital board of his psychotic state, when he describes in unsavoury and disturbing detail, pictures that our show to him. The film's not unfunny. It's just not as funny as most of Pryor's stuff, where as you know, with his films, the bar is set pretty high. It's still bloody enjoyable, the "what a shame factor" present. Again in the end, it all ends well, for our framed ex con/conman, Pryor. Still one for Pryor fans.


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