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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy Caufield
... Henry Sikorsky
... Jack McDermott
... Albert Ianuzzi
... Dr. Weitzman
... Riley
... Dr. Newald
... O'Malley
... Gianelli
Bill Goffi ... Singer / Accordionist
Jack Duffy ... Bernie
... Sgt. Vincente
... Canning
Harold Surratt ... Pastor Lester
Kenneth Raybourne ... Gospel Musician
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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 pursuades 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 are 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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If they knew the city was this crazy, they would have stayed in the asylum. [dvd] See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Traum-Team  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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It is said before the field trip that one of the group has not left the hospital in twelve years. As the story progresses, the viewer learns that Billy (Michael Keaton) has been there for a year and a half and Henry (Christopher Lloyd) for two. Later, Jack (Peter Boyle) visits his old office and most people remember him, implying he hasn't been gone for more than a few years. This leaves Albert (Stephen Furst) as the long-term patient, the only one of the group, about whose earlier life, nothing is revealed. See more »

Goofs

In two different scenes in the police station, Captain Lewitt calls Philip Bosco's character Maguire. The character was instead named O'Malley in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Jack: I was pulling down a hundred big ones a year while you and Satan were chasing Daryl Hannah!
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References Family Feud (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

NIGHTTIME
Written by Ron 'Diego' Johnston
Performed by Diego's Diner
Courtesy of Drivin' Records
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Better than expected
30 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Funny comedy about a group of mental patients who take a trip to the big city under the supervision of their doctor, and wind up being framed for a murder they didn't commit. Far-fetched and far from great, but made enjoyable by a few funny fish-out-of-water/mistaken-identity sequences and the spirited performances by Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Boyle: all three of whom, it may be noted, seem to have lost their careers in recent time...but were at the top of their games during the era and are certainly at home here in a film that is never quite as good as it could be but is nevertheless a whole lot better than I ever expected it would be.

I like the beginning sequence with Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack" over the credits. I don't know why - maybe because I saw it years ago and it's just stuck with me - but I always think of this when I picture the film in my head.


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