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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>

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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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Company Credits

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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 Shelley Long and Bette Midler were promised top billing when they signed to do the film. Neither one wanted to give up top billing to the other. So west of the Mississippi River, Long got top billing and Midler got top billing east of the Mississippi. See more »

Goofs

When Lauren and Sandy are being chased by the CIA while attempting to get on the plane in New York, Sandy throws money "thwarting" the CIA agents. If the CIA agents wanted to actually capture them, they could have easily had the plane held at the gate where they could have boarded the plane and taken them into custody. 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 »


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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Perfect showcase, hilarious yarn
1 September 2003 | by kibler@adelphia.netSee all my reviews

Outrageous Fortune (1987) Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote, Robert Prosky, John Schuck, George Carlin, Anthony Heald, D: Arthur Hiller.

Hilarious comic yarn involves two opposite women who both have a fling with the same man and when he dies in an abrupt explosion, secrets unfold. Effervescent performances from Long and Midler in a perfect showcase for them both, where credibility isn't the point, making it a lot of fun.

Running Time: 100 minutes and rated R for strong language and brief sensuality.

RATING: *** (out of ****)


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