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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.


Ate de Jong (as Ate De Jong)
3,437 ( 319)





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 ... Man in Speedboat
Steve Cochran Steve Cochran ... Waiter #1


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He creates the havoc. She takes the blame. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


According to director Ate De Jong on the Blu-ray commentary, there was a take when Janie first encounters Drop Dead Fred, where Carrie Fisher improvised the line "May The Force Be With You" as an obvious reference to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). The take was cut to avoid legal issues with both George Lucas and 20th Century Fox. See more »


After Fred is taped into the box Lizzy wipes her tears away with her muddy hands but her face stays clean. See more »


[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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User Reviews

Great Movie!!
25 October 2003 | by BiondoBabeCorksterSee all my reviews

This movie is a CLASSIC film about the relationship children have with their imaginary friends...even if when they're grown up the friends come back. If you think about it, she WASN'T HAPPY! She was lonely! What do little kids do when they aren't happy or lonely? They make up friends that come to their rescue and make them happy again. Some times, even as adults, a person needs to make up their friends to feel loved and good again. Trust me, I know! I'm 17 years old and STILL have imaginary friends. This movie is great! I have been watching it since it first came out and it just gets better and better each time I watch it! Who ever doesn't like this movie either A) has no funny bone...or B) is...and I quote Fred, "A Mega Beast!" who should "P*** off!"

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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drop Dead Fred See more »


Box Office


$6,788,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,625,648, 27 May 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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