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Mr. Destiny (1990)

Unhappy Larry Burrows sees what his life could've been like, had he made that winning home run as a teenager.


James Orr

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Belushi ... Larry Burrows (as James Belushi)
Linda Hamilton ... Ellen Burrows
Michael Caine ... Mike
Jon Lovitz ... Clip Metzler
Hart Bochner ... Niles Pender
Bill McCutcheon ... Leo Hansen
Rene Russo ... Cindy Jo
Jay O. Sanders ... Jackie Earle
Maury Chaykin ... Guzelman
Pat Corley ... Harry Burrows
Douglas Seale ... Boswell
Courteney Cox ... Jewel Jagger
Doug Barron Doug Barron ... Lewis Flick
Jeff Weiss Jeff Weiss ... Ludwig
Tony Longo ... Huge Guy


Larry Burrows (Jim Belushi) is unhappy and feels powerless over his life. He believes his entire life could have turned out differently had he not missed that shot in a baseball game when was a kid. One night he meets this mysterious man named Mike (Michael Caine), who could change his fate by offering him that alternative life he always dreamed of. But as Burrows embarks on this journey of self discovery he realizes that even this new life has its problems and drawbacks.. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

12 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Végzet See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The plot is very similar, in many ways, to the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946), which is loosely based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1951). See more »


In the flashback to the All-State High School Baseball Championship, the announcer states the game is in the bottom of the 9th with the visiting team up 3-2. High School baseball games have 7 innings. However, this could be incorrectly regarded as a goof as the game could have been in extra innings. This was not mentioned by the announcer. See more »


Ellen Jane Burrows: I was wrong about you. I think you're a wonderful man. I wish it could've been different between us. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Sorry.
Larry Joseph Burrows: [long pause as Ellen walks away] Wait a minute, that's bullshit! It was meant to be!
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Written by Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis
Performed by Spencer Davis
Courtesy of Island Records and EMI, A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
Remixed by Bruce Bolnick
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22 December 2003 | by trickriderSee all my reviews

getting to work on this film when it was made back in the summer of 1990. Shot partly in the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and the remaining parts in Winston-Salem. The massive offices of the RJ Reynolds were used in several office scenes and places in around the beautiful city that is know as the tulip capital of the world Winston-Salem! I enjoyed my work although it was exceedingly hard work building all the sets like the Golf of Mexico where Renee Russo and Jim Belushi went on their date. I also had a big hand in decorating the bar where Larry encounters the magical bartender Mr. Destiny. I tacked all those pics on the wall of sports heroes and decorated that phone booth where larry makes a phone call for a cab. I even put my mothers photo at eye level so i could freeze frame it and show it to her when we watched it. I remember dyeing the grass at his old house with green dye because it first had to be sodded(it was a new house in a new development and I guess they leased it for the movie)..then I had to cut that newly laid sod to make it look nice..man that was hard! As far as the movie, when we made it we had no idea what it would be like but after seeing it i fell in love with it because really tells the story of "what if" as good as I ever had seen it, including the great It's a Wonderful Life. I cried so many times

i can't count. I got to meet the wonderful actor Michael Caine while shooting scenes at an old minor league ballpark where Larry's boyhood scenes were played and replayed. I remember after he had done a take an was heading back to his trailer, I ran him down and asked him for a picture and he was quite amiable and said "why not!" He is a good guy and a really natural and forceful actor. I can't say the same for Jim Belushi..he was so full of himself, smoking big cuban cigars and talking loudly so

everyone in earshot could hear his every word. His career never did take off but he has had a decent TV career recently. I would say watch this movie if you ever get the chance. It's wonderful and really heartfelt and real. You can feel Larry's pain after he enters into the new world Mr. Destiny gives him after hitting the homer, and as he wants so badly for people to believe he is not this bad guy everyone thinks he is. They all think he belongs in a nuthouse! But eventually he wins people over but by then he wants his real life back so badly, especially his wonderful wife, played so beautifully by Linda Hamilton..and he wants his dog back! So see it.

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