Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.

Director:

Paul Flaherty

Writers:

Robert Conte, Peter Wortmann (as Peter Martin Wortmann)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Harry Crumb
Jeffrey Jones ... Eliot Draisen
Annie Potts ... Helen Downing
Tim Thomerson ... Vince Barnes
Barry Corbin ... P.J. Downing
Shawnee Smith ... Nikki Downing
Valri Bromfield ... Detective Casey
Doug Steckler Doug Steckler ... Dwayne
Renée Coleman ... Jennifer Downing (as Renee Coleman)
Wesley Mann ... Tim
Tamsin Kelsey ... Marie
Joe Flaherty ... Doorman
Fiona Roeske Fiona Roeske ... Crumb Receptionist
Lori O'Byrne Lori O'Byrne ... Karen
Michele Goodger ... Mrs. MacIntyre (as Michelle Goodger)
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Storyline

Harry is the latest generation of the Crumbs, famous and extremely talented detectives. Unfortunately talent seems to have skipped a generation and Harry is reduced to "gumshoe" work at a remote branch of the Crumb detective agency. Back at headquarters, Crumb executive Elliot Draison hatches an evil plan which requires the inclusion of an incompetent detective. With Harry Crumb on the case Draison thinks everything will run fine for him. Despite his best efforts Crumb actually makes some headway in the case... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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He's got a black belt in skids...and boots to match. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tim Thomerson and Shawnee Smith were both in Iron Eagle (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Vince and Helen drive towards the dumpster where Elliot parked, part of the camera crew is reflected in the rear view mirror right before Vince's face comes into view. See more »

Quotes

Harry Crumb: [Harry and Nikki are having a heart-to-heart conversation, while out on a drive] You know, Nikki, you and I are a lot alike. We're both travelling through life...
[He presses the brake pedal and nothing happens]
Harry Crumb: ... IN A CAR WITH NO BRAKES!
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Alternate Versions

The British TV version included a scene near the end when John Candy is on top of a vehicle chasing after an aeroplane about to take off. The co-pilot looks out of the window, sees him and says, "What the fuck?!". This scene was not present in UK cinema and video releases which were cut to receive a PG rating, though the word was restored for the 12-rated 2008 Sony DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

On Your Side Tonight
Music by Michel Colombier
Lyrics by Kathy Wakefield
Produced by Michel Colombier
Performed by Richard Martin-Ross (as Richard Martin Ross)
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Just take it for what it is...and the real quality shall shine!
30 March 2005 | by phdgmoureySee all my reviews

Well, having lived in 5 countries, understanding 4 kinds of humors and seen thousands of movies in three lingo, I can say that this movie is a good laugh! And nothing more as it was not created to be more.

John Candy was an amazing guy in comedy because he could bring you from tears to laughs to thinking moments. His legacy is to take a good laugh and make life an easier one by understanding how to use the positivity to have a sense of humor!

I have seen from Uncle Buck to Planes, trains and Automobiles, and John is talented. Even the series CAmp Candy as cartoons for the environment was putting the C in cool. After all, at least he did something about it...Do we?

This movie is a must for a good slapstick and a no brainer: just what you need after a hard day work...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,862,719, 5 February 1989

Gross USA:

$10,982,364

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,982,364
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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