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The Couch Trip (1988)

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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Donna Dixon and Dan Aykroyd are married. They tied the knot after working together on Doctor Detroit (1983), and also appeared in Spies Like Us (1985), as did Chevy Chase, who cameos in this movie. Aykroyd and Dixon also appeared in Exit to Eden (1994) and the fourth segment in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). 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

George Maitlin: I'm not sick. I just need space.
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Referenced in Freak Out (2004) See more »

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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Couch Trip
11 December 2005 | by NNY_ShadowSee all my reviews

I would agree with the comments already posted to this site by the previous rater.

I first stumbled across this movie back in the '80s, when I was employed at a psychiatric hospital. Unfortunately, many of the barbs aimed at the psychiatric profession do hit home. I especially enjoyed the ending, where the psychiatrist would speak thru the door to the hospitalized Grodin. Trust me, its fairly accurate.

Of course, doors at most psych hospitals are not locked, nor are straightjackets used much these days, and any hospital MUST be licensed to have a "padded room".

But a wonderfully underrated film, and certainly one that is quite amusing.

Jeff


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