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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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They're alone and lost in New York, the only place crazier than they are. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

The place in New York City, where the dream team mental patients ran through the rain covered under a gigantic oblong cardboard box, was Times Square. See more »

Goofs

As the van pulls out of the hospital grounds, no traffic is passing in either direction, and the only traffic control is a small portable STOP sign at the guard's booth. But when the van enters the public road, it passes a long line of vehicles that have obviously been held up for the film production. See more »

Quotes

Billy: We're a special combat unit looking for some Libyan terrorists. In fact, I think we have them cornered at a bagel shop across the street. Now if we could just get some pants for the colonel.
Bernie: Give me a break.
Billy: Alright, we're four escaped lunatics.
Bernie: This I believe.
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Connections

Referenced in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM For ME
Written by Fabian Andre (as F. Andree), Wilbur Schwandt (as W. Schwandt)and Gus Kahn
Performed by Bill Goffi
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Lunatics On The Loose
27 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This was a humorous film about a small group of mental patients who are let loose in New York City for a day. They are "Jack" (Peter Boyle), "Henry" (Christopher Lloyd), "Billy" (Michael Keaton).and "Albert" (Stephen Furst). Actually, they are taken to a ballgame and the doctor in charge of them is kidnapped there, after he witnesses a crime. The boys are are now on their own in a "lost in New York" scenario.

Mainly, this film is a bunch of sight gags more than a cohesive story. Boyle, Lloyd and Keaton are all, by now, well-known actors who bring a lot of life to their characters here. It's a lot of silliness but, for the most part, works and provides a lot of laughs. As a baseball fan, I appreciated Furst's performance best.

Peter Boyle ("Jack McDermott") plays one of several insane people who are "lost in New York" and are out on the streets having a good time. He is a "Jesus freak," which the screenwriters consider nuts, of course. He and other churchgoers are pictured in the movies as lunatics. Gosh, what a shock Hollywood would do that. They also have crooked cops in here - another shock.

The film still had a lot of funny moments, thanks to the actors and the interesting premise of mental patients fending for themselves in the big city. It's total lunacy.


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