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Overboard (1987)

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A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats over a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they're husband and wife.

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Garry Marshall

Writer:

Leslie Dixon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Joanna / Annie
Kurt Russell ... Dean Proffitt
Edward Herrmann ... Grant Stayton III
Katherine Helmond ... Edith Mintz
Mike Hagerty ... Billy Pratt (as Michael Hagerty)
Roddy McDowall ... Andrew
Jared Rushton ... Charlie
Jeffrey Wiseman Jeffrey Wiseman ... Joey
Brian Price Brian Price ... Travis
Jamie Wild Jamie Wild ... Greg
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Captain Karl
Harvey Miller Harvey Miller ... Dr. Norman Korman (as Harvey Alan Miller)
Frank Buxton ... Elk Cove: Wilbur Budd
Carol Williard Carol Williard ... Elk Cove: Rose Budd
Doris Hess Doris Hess ... Elk Cove: Adele Burbridge
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Storyline

Joanna hires country carpenter Dean to build a closet on her yacht. When the two don't see eye-to-eye, Dean is left unpaid while Joanna sets sail. The following day, Joanna is fished out of the sea, after falling overboard, suffering from amnesia. Dean sees a neat way to regain the money she owes him... he tells her she's his wife; that way Dean gets a free housekeeper and mother for his four kids. Written by Rob Hartill

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Comedy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Portuguese

Release Date:

16 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yli laidan See more »

Filming Locations:

Newport, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,880,006, 20 December 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,713,187
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Overboard (1987) was released in 1987. In The Best of Times (1986) starring Kurt Russell, released just the year before, there are references to "Gigi", who is Kurt Russell's character's wife and also one of the opposing football players was known as "Dr. Death". In Overboard the letters "G.G." are spray painted on the boys' club house and they also refer to "Dr. Death" coming to rescue their "mother". Both movies star Kurt Russell. See more »

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Joanna grew up in New York City and is extremely sheltered, as evidenced by the fact that she has no idea how to do household chores or even make sandwiches, so it seems unlikely that she would have spent much time outdoors. However, she's instantly able to identify poison oak on the kids' faces, despite the fact that their own school principal had missed it earlier. See more »

Quotes

Dean Proffitt: What's going on here?
Charlie Proffitt: We're gonna get Mom back.
Joey Proffitt: We miss her.
Greg Proffitt: Yeah, she cut the crust off the bread.
Travis Proffitt: She doesn't take any of my shit either, I need discipline.
Greg Proffitt: We've got three dollars and four cents.
Charlie Proffitt: Yeah, we're gonna go rent a fishing boat and we're gonna get her back.
Dean Proffitt: Well no fishing boat's going to catch a yacht, especially at that price.
Greg Proffitt: Maybe she'll change her mind and come back.
Travis Proffitt: Oh right, doofus, she's on a yacht heading to New York!
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Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard
Performed by The Wright Brothers
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Like to smile? You'll like this flick.
18 July 2002 | by CLundmarkSee all my reviews

Yeah, sure, you know how it's going to end. Yes, it has all been done before. But the heart of this snob turned sweetheart story is relayed with such charm and grace by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel, and supported by such a strong cast (Roddy McDowall among others), that it is enjoyable none-the-less.

Movie snobs, insisting on original plots (as if there really are any) might not love this flick. But anyone who can appreciate proven talent in a good-natured comedy will find these 2 hours time well spent. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to smile.


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