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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.

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James Orr
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 (Sir Michael Caine), who could change his fate by offering him that alternative life of which he always dreamed. 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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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Végzet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,991,605, 14 October 1990

Gross USA:

$15,379,253

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,379,253
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The baseball game is played as a small-scale homage to The Natural (1984), but both won and lost. See more »

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When Jewel stabs the cigar and shows it to Larry, the wrap around the cigar is shredded. In the next shot, it is more intact. See more »

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Larry Joseph Burrows: How about that! The desk is wired to my ass!
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Version of The Family Man (2000) See more »

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I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)
Written and Performed by James Brown
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A guy walks into a bar...
15 August 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Larry Burrows has the distinct feeling he's missing out on something. Ever since he missed a crucial baseball shot at school that cost the championship, he's been convinced his life would have turned out better had he made that shot. Then one night his car breaks down again. Walking into the nearest bar to wait for the tow truck, Larry happens upon barman Mike, who unbeknown to Larry is about to change his life for ever...

The alternate life premise in cinema is hardly a new thing, stretching back to the likes of It's A Wonderful Life and showing no signs of abating with the quite recent Sandler vehicle that was Click. It's a sub-genre of fantasy that has over the years produced very mixed results. Back in 1990 was this James Belushi led production, rarely mentioned when the said topic arises, it appears that it has largely been forgotten. Which is a shame, for it oozes charm and is high scoring in the humour department. We know that we are being led to the ultimate message come the end, but it's still a fun and enjoyable path to be led down. The film also serves notice to what a fine comedy actor James Belushi was. I mean if his style of smart quipping and larking exasperation isn't your thing? then chances are you would avoid this film anyway. But for those engaged by the likes of Red Heat, K-9 and Taking Care of Business, well Mr. Destiny is right up your street. Along for the ride are Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz, Hart Bochner, Jay O. Sanders, Rene Russo and Courteney Cox.

Mr. Destiny is pure escapist fun with a kicker of a message at its heart. 7/10


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