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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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Writers Carlos Davis and Anthony Fingleton first took the script to Disney who wanted it to star Goldie Hawn, but not cast Rik Mayall as Disney had a picture deal with Hawn at the time. Davis and Fingleton declined this idea and then took it to London based production company Working Title Films. Working Title executives Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffe liked the script and soon brought on Dutch filmmaker Ate De Jong as a director after seeing a horror comedy he directed previously called Highway to Hell (1991) and Davis and Fingleton were impressed with his work on that film. Working Title also brought on Paul Webster as a producer as he produced The Tall Guy (1989) for them a year earlier. The $6 million budget was funded by PolyGram whom Working Title had a deal with at the time. See more »

Goofs

Obvious double when Fred slides down the banister. 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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Connections

Remade as ImagiGARY (2015) See more »

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Those of us who can relate LOVE THIS MOVIE
5 November 2004 | by chenley-1See all my reviews

For those of us who had or have a mother like that portrayed so brilliantly by Marsha Mason, and felt insignificant and controlled, like Phoebe Cate's character, we understand this movie and it speaks loudly to us. I love this movie and used to watch it whenever I was feeling a bit down. It cheered me up every time. It's a carefree, fun ride that reminds us that all will not fall apart if everything isn't perfect. Do you remember FUN?

Every actor in this movie owned their character perfectly. I particularly love the scene when Carrie Fisher pretends to throttle Drop Dead Fred. She gets it. She plays along. She believes in her friend that she loves.

There are many very memorable funny lines in this movie. COBWEBS for one!

This is THE PERFECT MOVIE.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,625,648, 27 May 1991

Gross USA:

$13,878,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,878,411
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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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