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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

The movie won a 1988 American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) awarded to actress-comedian Bette Midler. See more »

Goofs

Lauren and Sandy report Michael is alive to a police officer who is wearing a lieutenant's bar on each collar but a New York City police captain's badge - which has three points on the top edge. A lieutenant's badge is a round sunburst. See more »

Quotes

Lauren: I can't talk to that guy. I went to private school.
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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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The plot thickens
17 January 1999 | by laticsSee all my reviews

Shelley Long and Bette Midler make a wonderful comedy team and the first half of the movie makes the most of this - snappy dialogue and quickfire direction make for a marvellously funny first hour. Unfortunately, the plot then takes over – a convoluted spy story - and the thicker the plot, the fewer the laughs. Pity somebody didn't sort it out - this could have been one of the best comedies in donkey's years.


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