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The Dream Team (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 April 1989 (USA)
Four mental patients on a field trip in New York City must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job.

Director:

Howard Zieff

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Billy Caufield
Christopher Lloyd ... Henry Sikorsky
Peter Boyle ... Jack McDermott
Stephen Furst ... Albert Ianuzzi
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Dr. Weitzman
Lorraine Bracco ... Riley
Milo O'Shea ... Dr. Newald
Philip Bosco ... O'Malley
James Remar ... Gianelli
Bill Goffi Bill Goffi ... Singer / Accordionist
Jack Duffy Jack Duffy ... Bernie
Brad Sullivan ... Sgt. Vincente
Larry Pine ... Canning
Harold Surratt Harold Surratt ... Pastor Lester
Kenneth Raybourne Kenneth Raybourne ... Gospel Musician
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Storyline

Dr. Weitzman works with patients in a sanitarium. Convinced that all that his "group" needs is a some fresh air and some time away from the sanitarium, he persuades the administration to allow him to take them to a ballgame. Unfortunately, he accidentally stumbles across a crime in progress and ends up in hospital. The group is stranded in New York City, forced to cope with a place which is often more bizarre than their sanitarium. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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This morning they were playing ping-pong in the hospital rec room. Now they're lost in New York and framed for murder. This was never covered in group therapy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Traum-Team See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,704,860, 9 April 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,890,240
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack (Peter Boyle) says, "Wah Wah Wah", impersonating the sound in a cartoon when someone gets tricked or outwitted. Working with the same director, Howard Zieff, in Slither (1973) (with James Caan), Boyle did the same sound. See more »

Goofs

After the boys rescue Dr Weitzman and Riley is pushing his wheelchair, he has a cast on his left leg. However, when he is helped out of the van at the sanitarium, it has jumped to his right leg. See more »

Quotes

Billy: Yeah, I got a big story for ya'; we came to town to see a ball game, and now they wanna give us the chair. I love New York. Bring your kids. Have 'em arrested. Do some time in The Big Apple.
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Connections

Remade as Krazzy 4 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

La Primavara
From "The Four Seasons"
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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Neat little comedy.
19 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

In the hands of lesser a director and less talented actors, THE DREAM TEAM's plot about four mental patients loose in Manhattan would be silly and childish. Here, it is funny as hell, you stayed glued to the screen. The four patients are Michael Keaton, as a loose tempered but charming liar, Peter Boyle as an ex-executive who now believes he is Jesus Christ, Christopher Lloyd as a compulsive neat-nick and Stephen Furst as a catatonic TV commercial/Baseball fan.

Their run-ins with unsuspecting New Yorkers come fast and fresh, no re-heated gags here. Look for a young perky Lorraine Bracco and Broadway great Phillip Bosco in supporting parts.


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