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Outrageous Fortune (1987)

R | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
Two women unknowingly share the same man, but when he disappears, both go out looking for him and enter his surprisingly dangerous life.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Leslie Dixon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Lauren
Bette Midler ... Sandy
Peter Coyote ... Michael
Robert Prosky ... Stanislav Korzenowski
John Schuck ... Atkins
George Carlin ... Frank
Anthony Heald ... Weldon
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Cab Driver
Florence Stanley ... Ticket Agent
Jerry Zaks ... Tobacco Clerk
John DiSanti ... Police Lieutenant (as John Di Santi)
Diana Bellamy ... Madam
Gary Morgan ... Panansky
Christopher McDonald ... George (as Chris McDonald)
J.W. Smith J.W. Smith ... Dealer #1
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Storyline

Lauren and Sandy are total opposites who end up in the same acting class and who don't know they are sharing a lover. When he disappears under mysterious circumstances they refuse to believe that he is dead and are the only ones who are searching for him across several states. Ending up in the western US., they discover he had other interests as they find their lives in danger. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The CIA is trailing them. The KGB is tracking them. The phone company is tracing them. The police are chasing them. The cowboys are herding them. And the Indians are hunting them. Are they going to fall for all of that?

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

30 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos rivales tras un canalla See more »

Filming Locations:

Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$52,864,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,864,741
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both lead actresses, Bette Midler and Shelley Long, in one scene, appear in drag and also sport mustaches. See more »

Goofs

The sign at the border of Tres Cruces is misspelled as Tres Crucas. See more »

Quotes

Sandy: She's got a great mad scene. No, really, it's great; I just saw it.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll over the freezeframe of the curtain call, Long and Midler can be heard bickering about Long's performance in the play. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Special
(Theme From Outrageous Fortune (1987))
Performed by Patti LaBelle (as Patti La Belle)
Written by Howie Rice and Allan Rich
Courtesy of MCA Records
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enough laughs despite implausibility
18 November 2000 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

By the end of the 80's they were churning out countless male buddy pics, so why not a female one? This one features Midler when she used to make funny big budget movies and Long when she used to make movies period. Just like any buddy film, the two hate each other on first sight, Midler the foul-mouthed antagonist and Long as the goody two-shoes. Things are set in motion when the two discover they were "boffing" the same man (Coyote) and decide to find him when they realize his death was staged. They set out on an oddyssey across several states and end up fighting for their lives when he shows us he's not only a spy but somewhat psychotic! There's a great, if contrived, climax set atop skinny vertical rocks that are about 10 feet apart and 100 feet off the ground. But what you look for in these types of movies you find, well-written bickering that should make you giggle plenty of times. Though guys should look out, with this written by a woman, there's a large dose of on target man bashing. Pretty much Long and Midlers last best comedy offering.


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