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Checking Out (1989)

R | | Comedy | 21 April 1989 (USA)
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?"

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Ray Macklin
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Jenny Macklin
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Harry Lardner
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Diana
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Connie Hagen
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Pat Hagen
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Barbara
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Mr. D'Amato
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Father Carmody
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Val (as Trudi Dochtermann)
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Dr. Helmsley
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Dr. Duffin
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Dr. Haskell
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Dr. Wolfe
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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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A funny look at "take two aspirin and call me in the morning." See more »

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21 April 1989 (USA)  »

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A Morte Debaixo do Braço  »

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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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ONLY THE LONELY
Composed by Roy Orbison & Joe Melson
Used by permission of Acuff-Rose/Opryland Music Ltd.
Performed by Roy Orbison
Under license from CBS Special Products, a service of CBS Records, Inc.
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Not Funny
1 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Although many "comedies" turn out to not be so funny, this one never even tries! There are no jokes or humorous situations to be found anywhere in this film. If I didn't know better I'd say Checking Out was written as a drama then re-edited into a comedy.

This movie really could have been funny if it had been better written.


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