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The Couch Trip (1988)

R | | Comedy | 15 January 1988 (USA)
The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. ... See full summary »

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Michael Ritchie

Writers:

Ken Kolb (novel), Steven Kampmann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Aykroyd ... John W. Burns, Jr.
Walter Matthau ... Donald Becker
Charles Grodin ... George Maitlin
Donna Dixon ... Laura Rollins
Richard Romanus ... Harvey Michaels
Mary Gross ... Vera Maitlin
David Clennon ... Lawrence Baird
Arye Gross ... Perry Kovin
Victoria Jackson ... Robin
Michael DeLorenzo ... Lopez
Mickey Jones ... Watkins
J.E. Freeman ... Unger
David Wohl ... Dr. Smet
Michael Ensign ... Hendricks
Carol Mansell ... Mrs. Blair
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Storyline

The escaped delinquent John W. Burns, Jr. replaces Dr. Maitlin on a radio show, saying he's the psychiatrist Lawrence Baird. His tactless radio show is a hit, and he becomes very popular. But then Dr. Maitlin meets the real Dr. Lawrence Baird at a congress in London... Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl> typos corrected by Hikari

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A comedy of truly loony proportions.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Couch-Trip See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,005,304
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Matthau and co-Screenwriter Walter Bernstein had previously collaborated on Little Miss Marker (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Burns jumps from the building, his stunt man is easy to detect despite the angle in which the scene was shot. See more »

Quotes

[Burns has just thrown away Becker's medication]
Donald Becker: I hope they have cable. I can't watch regular TV without drugs.
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Soundtracks

Fever
by Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport) and Eddie Cooley
Hudson Bay Music, Inc. on behalf of Fort Knox Music, Inc. / Trio Music Company, Inc.
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effective conman comedy
1 April 2001 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

Only one comment (as of this writing) on IMDB?? Which is the ultimate example of why this is a very underrated comedy dealing with Aykroyd's escape from a mental facilitly (more like a den for misfits) and masqerading as his hated supervisor/doctor from the nutbarn. He heads to L.A. with his assumed name to sub for an unstable radio shrink (Grodin) and his candid approach garners him city-wide attention. He fast talks his way into a big contract and seems on his way. He gets distracted, though, by knockout Dixon (his real-life wife, how lucky), who is some kind of shrink-producer and also by Matthau's perceptive homeless schemer. He's onto Aykroyd and says he'll keep quiet if Dan splits the cash with him. That's just a little of what's going on in this busy little conman adventure, as at the same time Grodin is getting wise with the real doctor Aykroyd is impersonating. And Grodin's wife is also involved with his lawyer, who is seeing dollar signs in Aykroyd, as well is a kiss-butt producer, and annoyingly assisting Grodin is Clennon, the real doctor who is supposed to be replacing him. There are a lot of great jabs at the psychiatry profession, and the entertainment business, the best being the short but very memorable scene where Aykroyd takes calls on the radio, one of the funniest scenes I've ever watched. Unfortunately, the film ends abruptly and could've used a better knock out blow. But, from beginning to (near) end this provides a lot of solid laughs and it's too bad that the kind of plot it has doesn't permit another trip to the couch.


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