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Delirious (1991)

PG | | Comedy, Fantasy | 9 August 1991 (USA)
A soap opera writer gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show.


Tom Mankiewicz




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Jack Gable
Mariel Hemingway ... Janet Dubois / Louise
Emma Samms ... Rachel Hedison / Laura Claybourne
Raymond Burr ... Carter Hedison
Dylan Baker ... Blake Hedison
Charles Rocket ... Ty Hedison
David Rasche ... Dr. Paul Kirkwood / Dennis
Andrea Thompson ... Nurse Helen Caldwell
Zach Grenier ... Mickey
Jerry Orbach ... Lou Sherwood
Renée Taylor ... Arlene Sherwood
Milt Oberman Milt Oberman ... Fetterman
Mark Boone Junior ... Cable Man
Tony Steedman ... Edward - the Butler
John Michael Bolger ... Len


Jack is the head writer for a successful soap opera, and he's sweet on the show's star, lovely Laura. It's easy for everyone but Jack to see that she's playing him for a sap. But a conk on the head brings Jack some new insights - and some new powers. He finds himself in Ashford Falls, site of his fictional soap opera -- and everything he writes comes true! It's a fantastic opportunity to get Rachel, Laura's character, to fall in love with him. But life isn't easy even in the fictional world, and even when you're the author! Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Not Based on a True Story. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


The opening shots in New York City include the Sbarro's Restaurant at the corner of West 33rd Street. See more »


When the serial writer and the actress are going away for the weekend, her luggage has to be put in the trunk of the car. While the writer is loading the luggage, he takes a moment to spray breath cleaner in his mouth. The audio does not match up with the squirting movement. Once he is finished spraying, you can still hear at least one more mist sound. See more »


Jack Gable: What are you doing here? I sent you to Cleveland.
Jack Gates: I should kill you for that alone.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear as if they are being typed on a typewriter, including some mistakes (cross-outs, use of white out, etc.). See more »


References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


Written by Jim Peterik (as Jim Peterick) and Cliff Eidelman
Performed by John Melnick
Published by Easy Action Music (ASCAP) and U/A Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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User Reviews

Funny John Candy movie.
18 August 2008 | by Cablebot3000See all my reviews

This is a really good movie to watch if you like silly/fun movies, parody movies, or john candy. It has a great blend of comedy, wit, action and all sorts of other things. I am pretty surprised by the low rating. Its not the best movie by any means, but greatly above standard and really enjoyable. The actors/actresses were funny and did their parts nicely. Its not exactly original though, and it doesn't look like it had the best budget, but it does what its suppose to.. make us laugh. Definitely worth checking to see if your video store rental has it. I rate it 7/10. Rated PG for sensuality, crude humor, language and comic violence.

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Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delirious See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,803,059, 11 August 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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