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Checking Out (1989)

A successful family man, who works for an airline, becomes consumed by fear of death after his colleague and best friend dies in front of him from heart attack while telling the setup for the joke: "Why don't Italians like barbecues?"

Director:

David Leland

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Ray Macklin
Melanie Mayron ... Jenny Macklin
Michael Tucker ... Harry Lardner
Kathleen York ... Diana
Ann Magnuson ... Connie Hagen
Allan Havey ... Pat Hagen
Jo Harvey Allen ... Barbara
Ian Wolfe ... Mr. D'Amato
Billy Beck ... Father Carmody
Trudy Dochterman Trudy Dochterman ... Val (as Trudi Dochtermann)
John Durbin ... Spencer Gillinger
Adelle Lutz Adelle Lutz ... Dr. Helmsley
Felton Perry ... Dr. Duffin
Allan Rich ... Dr. Haskell
Danton Stone ... Dr. Wolfe
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Storyline

Ray is a man obsessed with his own mortality. When Ray's best friend dies of a heart attack, Ray is convinced that all of his aches and pains are an indication of his own imminent death. His life turns into a slapstick farce of health-crazed anxiety and hypochondria, until he finally learns that all he has to fear is fear itself. Written by Witrack

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Ray Mackilin's convinced he's about to die... And he's going to prove it, even if it kills him! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Handmade Films website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte Debaixo do Braço See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Prior to the film being shot, Director David Leland assured Joe Eszterhas that he would not change Eszterhas' script in any way. When Eszterhas saw a rough cut of the film, he was angry to discover that new subplots and characters not in the original script had been introduced. Eszterhas initially demanded that his name be taken off the film, but when Leland removed most of what Eszterhas was objecting to, the screenwriter allowed his name to be put back on. See more »


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END OF THE LINE
Composed and Performed by The Traveling Wilburys
Published by Ganga Publishing B.V.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Dark, cynical, and insanely funny!
25 May 2012 | by SamHardySee all my reviews

I have seen too many films to count in my 63 years. This one is on my list of top 10. Cynical, absurd, wise, full of unforgettable characters and situations. It may not be everyone's kind of funny, but certainly is mine. Not everyone appreciates dark comedy and this one is dark. I seldom laugh out loud at films, but this one kept me in surgical stitches all the way through.

Absolutely chocked full of amazing performances. Check out Jo Harvey Allen in a scene with Jeff Daniels in the front seat of his car. Classic! Michael Tucker does a great turn as Jeff Daniel's Boss. Stephen Tobolowsky is unforgettable as a whacked out pharmacist. All of the actors are given some great material to work with. It must have been a joy for all of them.

Keep your eye peeled for David Byrne in a small role as a bar tender. Producer George Harrison (yes that one) also has a small role as a cleaner in heaven. Which is where he currently resides. He is wearing an orange jump suit pushing a broom!

I think I will sign off now and go check my blood pressure.


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