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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.

Director:

Tom Mankiewicz
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

A Comedy about a Soap Opera Writer Who's Typing without a Ribbon See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film reunites three actors from Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987): John Candy, Dylan Baker and Susan Isaacs. On both films Isaacs plays a character named Marie. See more »

Goofs

When Jack (John Candy) gives Rachel (Emma Samms) a ride, Dr. Kirkwood (David Rasche) notices on his beeper he's needed in surgery, but in the next scene, he's at the Hedison Mansion with Carter Hedison (Raymond Burr). See more »

Quotes

[watching a scene from "Beyond Our Dreams"]
Cable Man: Geez, what a body!
Jack Gable: Laura is more than a body.
Cable Man: Laura?
Jack Gable: Laura Claybourne, she plays Rachel.
Cable Man: Sorry, you must really follow this shit.
Jack Gable: No, I write this shit.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 6 March 1991 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S A MAN'S, MAN'S, MAN'S WORLD
Written by James Brown and Betty Newsome
Performed by James Brown
Published by Dynatone Music
Administered by Unichappell Music Co, Inc. (BMI)/Clamike Music Co. (BMI)
Administered by Mietus Copyright Mngt.
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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Delicious in parts
9 February 2007 | by hatchersanSee all my reviews

The all time best line in the movie -- John Candy rescuing Emma Samms on horseback -- "This stranger knows no danger!"

A bit spotty -- can't maintain a high comedy level throughout but nonetheless is enjoyable and a vehicle for John Candy to demonstrate comic range. Excited he will get to spend a romantic weekend tryst with Emma Samms (and misunderstanding her feminine wiles), he finds himself lugging umpteen of her suitcases to the taxi cab, then knocks himself out with the trunk door as he tries to load the suitcases. Wakes up in the pleasant little village where she reappears as new character, daughter of Raymund Burr, along with others in town, Mariel Hemingway et al. Plenty of lines for Candy in trying to write the new soap opera about family conspiracies with a stolen formula, and the rapid disintegration of Emma's brother while none in the family seem to notice or care. Again the highlight to me was the rescue chase by Candy when Emma's horse took her on a wild ride and Candy rides up and self congratulates later as modern day Zorro or Lone Ranger. All in all, enjoyable.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Delirious See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,803,059, 11 August 1991

Gross USA:

$5,546,827

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,546,827
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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