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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

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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

The first name of the character of the Russian drama coach, Stanislav Korzenowski, played by Robert Prosky, referenced Konstantin Stanislavski, who was famous for developing the Stanislavski System of Acting. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lauren: This is the happiest day of my life!
Sandy: [incredulously] They bought that shit!
Lauren: [insulted] Shit? SHIT? You're calling my Hamlet *shit*?
Sandy: He's a wimp! I mean, look at him! He can't make up his mind about anything! All he does is go around saying "What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?" Give me Romeo or Henry the Fifth! Now there's a guy I could boff!
Lauren: Boff? So we're back to boffing again?
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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 Inside No. 9: The Bill (2017) 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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Looking for an original unedited version of this movie.
7 January 2001 | by khuckeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie originally when it was first released at the theaters. I again saw it later when it made it to cable, eg. HBO, Cinemax. ect. I loved the movie but then saw the edited version when it came to network. They cut out a lot of the adult humour. Examples: When Bette says "Gee, you thought I was going to go in and pee on him." verses edited version "Gee, you thought I was going to go in and spit on him". Then the tobacco shop scene: Bette says: "How about a blow job" and then the edited version: "How about a party". Also several scenes cut from the edited version: Bette with Peter Coyote having sex in a chair, seen from behind the chair. The scene at the police station where Bette tells the cop needle dick, pencil dick, ect. when she is trying to make him get the picture. My point is that for some reason this edited version is the only one you can get on tape now. I bought one from Hastings music store and it was this edited version- 99-100 minutes version. Don't know why you can't get the original unedited version of this movie, my favourite comedy of all times.


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