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Dutch (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 19 July 1991 (USA)
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To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school, only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid.

Director:

Peter Faiman

Writer:

John Hughes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed O'Neill ... Dutch Dooley
Ethan Embry ... Doyle Standish (as Ethan Randall)
JoBeth Williams ... Natalie Standish
Christopher McDonald ... Reed Standish
Ari Meyers ... Brock
Elizabeth Daily ... Hailey (as E.G. Daily)
L. Scott Caldwell ... Homeless Woman
Kathleen Freeman ... Gritzi
Lisa Figus Lisa Figus ... Party Woman
Cedering Fox ... Party Woman
Shelby Leverington ... Party Woman
Kyle Fredericks Kyle Fredericks ... Maid
David James Alexander David James Alexander ... Man #1
Ross Borden Ross Borden ... Man #2
Joe Baker Joe Baker ... Party Butler
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Storyline

Working-class good guy Dutch Dooley is the current boyfriend of a wealthy, snobbish tycoon's ex-wife. Volunteering to drive the woman's son home for Thanksgiving to Chicago from his boarding school in Georgia, little does Dutch expect the picaresque adventures in store for him. When a blunt, down-to-earth construction worker takes to the road with an insufferable twelve-year-old snob (desperately insecure under the surface) who does not approve of him in the least, quite a little must happen before they can reach their destination as friends -- or, for that matter, get home at all. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Can a big kid bring out the child in a little jerk? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Driving Me Crazy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,997,000, 19 July 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,603,929
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

If you pause it just right when Dutch is going through his wallet in the motel room, you can get a clear shot of his drivers license showing his address and name, which reads "David Dooley." Which means "Dutch" must be a nickname. There's never an actual mention of "David" in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the car trip at night when Doyle and Dutch are arguing over the radio, the power window and power seat switches are in the wrong position on their car. The Lincoln Town Car had these switches on the front doors, not on the center console, as these cars were six-seater cars. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Party Woman: Pardon my incredulity, Natalie, but I'm very surprised to see you here. Pleasantly so, of course.
Natalie: I'm a little surprised to see myself here, too, Mary Alice. Pleasantly so, of course.
Party Woman: Were you here last year?
Natalie: No, I wasn't invited last year.
Party Woman: Oh, curious. That must have been an accident. Oh, do you know Libby?
Natalie: No, I don't believe I do.
Party Woman: Libby, this is Natalie Standish. Natalie is Reed's... Oh, is it alright to...
Natalie: Say that Reed got me pregnant when I was a barhop at your country club? ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Extra footage of 'Dutch" shooting off fireworks plays behind end credits See more »

Connections

Featured in Motormouth: Episode #4.19 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Otto Di Catania
Written by Boris Blank and Dieter Meier
Performed by Yello
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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I can do something you can't...pay for my breakfast...
12 February 2004 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

Although it has similarities to 'Trains, Planes and Automobiles', it is absolutely original. The two lead characters work so well together and off one another that it's hard to remember sometimes, Ethan Randall is just acting.

Basic Plot: Dutch (O'Neil), is dating a beautiful rich woman who is going through a separation with her well-to-do husband. She has a son named Doyle (Randall), who attends a boarding school far enough away from home, he has been requested to come home for Thanksgiving, by plane. He declines, and refuses to see his mother for the holidays. Instead of getting upset, she sends her, 'heart's bigger than his brain' for a boyfriend by car to go get her hurtful son. Once he arrives, he finds that this twelve year old is more problem than expected, and the road-trip that leads them from where they began to where they end up, is a truly heart-warming and funny story.

Hughes brings us characters in this that make you feel for them all. As in all of his films, for the most part, but to a certain degree even more so in this. A gradual escalation from hateful to loving, from cold to warm, and from angry to happy. It's most assuredly one of the best scripts ever written.

I give it a 9 out of 10 (10 being the highest). I don't give it a full ten, because there are some slow scenes, I could have done without, but they do help the movie keep its sincerity.

And that's my review.


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