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Drop Dead Fred (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 24 May 1991 (USA)
A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.

Director:

Ate de Jong (as Ate De Jong)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Cronin
Rik Mayall ... Drop Dead Fred
Marsha Mason ... Polly Cronin
Tim Matheson ... Charles
Carrie Fisher ... Janie
Keith Charles Keith Charles ... Murray
Ashley Peldon ... Young Elizabeth
Daniel Gerroll ... Nigel Cronin
Ron Eldard ... Mickey Bunce
Eleanor Mondale ... Attractive Customer
Bob Reid Bob Reid ... Judge Dubben
Peter Thoemke ... Arsonist
Sjoukje De Jong Douma Sjoukje De Jong Douma ... Grandma Bunce
Paul Holmes Paul Holmes ... Man in Speedboat
Steve Cochran Steve Cochran ... Waiter #1
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Storyline

A young woman who's attempting to find her place in the world battles with her controlling mother and a womanizing husband finds comfort and confusion with the appearance of her childhood friend. It is a zappy movie that emphasizes self-actualization. Written by C. Marshall

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Imagine having this guy for a friend See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drop Dead Fred See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,788,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,878,334
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alisan Porter was first considered for the role of young Elizabeth after both director Ate De Jong and producer Paul Webster had seen her in both Parenthood (1989) and Stella (1990) (which co-incidentally also starred Marsha Mason). But she was unavailable as she was busy working on Curly Sue (1991). De Jong's and Webster's next choice was Jodie Sweetin. But the producers of Full House (1987) refused to release her from her contract and both Working Title executive Tim Bevan and co-writers/executive producers Carlos Davis and Anthony Fingleton wanted a more unknown child actress for the part. Christina Ricci, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Richards, and Anna Chlumsky also auditioned for the role. See more »

Goofs

When Charles is taking the woman for a test drive in the car, Elizabeth pulls up next to them, and the boom is reflected in her door before it moves out of shot, though the boom pole is visible throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Polly: And the prince took the beautiful young girl in his arms and said, will you marry me? Yes, she whispered, I will be your princess.
Young Elizabeth: Did they live happily ever after?
Polly: Of course, Elizabeth.
[tucking her in]
Young Elizabeth: How do you know?
Polly: Because she was a good little girl. If she had been naughty, the prince would have run away.
Young Elizabeth: What a pile of shit!
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Referenced in The Player (1992) See more »

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A quirky, off-beat, fun movie!
4 January 1999 | by DeeDee-10See all my reviews

I would call this a dark comedy since it had a lot of the elements of the genre: sad moments with odd humor attached to it, and the strange, fantasy character of Fred. At first I thought "this is a very weird film!", and it is, but it grows on you and pretty soon you are having fun watching Fred's antics. I think this film definitely has the potential of having a large audience, so get out the word!


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