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The Appointments of Dennis Jennings (1988)

Dennis Jennings is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings ... See full summary »

Director:

Dean Parisot
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Wright ... Dennis Jennings
Rowan Atkinson ... Dr. Schooner
Laurie Metcalf ... Emma
Carrotte Carrotte ... Laughing Psychiatrist
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Laughing Psychiatrist
Martha Gehman ... Lisa
Joe Grifasi ... Bartender
Thomas Ikeda Thomas Ikeda ... Laughing Psychiatrist
Dana Ivey ... Newscaster
Peter Maloney ... Dr. Wilson
Michael Mantell ... Businessman
Bill McCutcheon ... Man on TV
Mick Muldoon ... Repairman
Rochelle Oliver ... Woman on TV
David Hyde Pierce ... Businessman (as David Pierce)
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Storyline

Dennis Jennings is an introverted daydreamer, sleepwalking through life. He is a professional waiter and has an equally-dull girlfriend, Emma. In an attempt to release his pent-up feelings of isolation, he begins seeing a psychiatrist, only to discover that the doctor is somewhat less than interested in what he has to say. After finding his doctor sharing his intimate secrets with a group of fellow psychiatrists at a bar, he then learns the doctor has a another more unprofessional involvement in his life. Written by J. L. Travers

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Genres:

Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Свидание Дэнниса Дженнингса See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The movie features five actors that would appear in at least one Oliver Stone movie: Laurie Metcalf and Peter Maloney appeared in JFK (1991), David Hyde Pierce appeared in Nixon (1995), and Steven Wright and Joe Grifasi who had minor roles in Natural Born Killers (1994). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dennis Jennings: What a day, huh?
Doorman: Now, hit the bricks, pal.
Dennis Jennings: Looks like it's raining.
Doorman: What do you want?
Dennis Jennings: I'm looking for Dr. Schooner.
Doorman: 2H.
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Connections

Featured in Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright (1993) See more »

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If you want to laugh see this
30 April 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

This short film is the most hilarious I have ever seen. I saw it on HBO in either 91 or 92. The humor is on a deadpan version but is hilarious because the viewer can relate to such things. Unlike most comedy films which contain slapstick humor put in by the filmaker with a "There, that's funny audience now laugh because your supposed to" intention this film just has events happening and you can't help but be amused.


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