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What About Bob? (1991)

PG | | Comedy | 17 May 1991 (USA)
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A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.

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Frank Oz

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (story), Laura Ziskin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Bob Wiley
Richard Dreyfuss ... Dr. Leo Marvin
Julie Hagerty ... Fay Marvin
Charlie Korsmo ... Siggy Marvin
Kathryn Erbe ... Anna Marvin
Tom Aldredge ... Mr. Guttman
Susan Willis Susan Willis ... Mrs. Guttman
Roger Bowen ... Phil
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Lily
Brian Reddy ... Carswell Fensterwald
Doris Belack ... Dr. Tomsky
Melinda Mullins Melinda Mullins ... Marie Grady
Marcella Lowery ... Betty / Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch Margot Welch ... Gwen / Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres Barbara Andres ... Claire / Dr. Marvin's Secretary
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Storyline

Doctor Leo Marvin, an egotistical psychotherapist in New York City, is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance on a "Good Morning America" telecast, during which he plans to brag about "Baby Steps," his new book about emotional disorder theories in which he details his philosophy of treating patients and their phobias. Meanwhile, Bob Wiley is a recluse who is so afraid to leave his own apartment that he has to talk himself out the door. When Bob is pawned off on Leo by a psychotherapist colleague, Bob becomes attached to Leo. Leo finds Bob extremely annoying. When Leo accompanies his wife Fay, his daughter Anna, and his son Siggy to a peaceful New Hampshire lakeside cottage for a month-long vacation, Leo thinks he's been freed from Bob. Leo expects to mesmerize his family with his prowess as a brilliant husband and remarkable father who knows all there is to know about instructing his wife and raising his kids. But Bob isn't going to let Leo enjoy a quiet summer by the lake. By ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Bob's a special kind of friend. The kind that drives you crazy!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What About Bob? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,216,334, 19 May 1991

Gross USA:

$63,707,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,707,829
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to "Variety", "Richard Dreyfuss generally repeats the role he played in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)", which was also produced by the Touchstone Pictures division of Walt Disney Studios. See more »

Goofs

After Dr Marvin has his breakdown near the end of the movie, the doctor taking care of him in his home believes he has left Leo sedated in the bedroom. He then accompanies Fay, Lily and Bob into the hallway where he gives them instructions. At one point he takes out his prescription pad with the intention of writing, while simultaneously telling them what he intends to prescribe. At the moment the doctor merely touches his pen to the pad, Bob begins to question his choice of medication causing the doctor to pause and reconsider. He then states that Bob may be right and that he would rewrite the prescription. The problem is that he never wrote anything to begin with as the pad is empty as he walks away from them down the hall. See more »

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[first lines]
Bob Wiley: I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful...
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Alternate Versions

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Bill Murray at his best!
15 January 2008 | by departed07See all my reviews

"What About Bob?" is a laugh-out riot with Bill Murray playing the title character of Bob Wiley, a somewhat neurotic nut ball who's in need of therapy in order to calm his nerves from all the fears he has from germs, elevators, and God knows what else. Richard Dreyfuss plays his psychiatrist Dr. Marvin, a pompous doctor who can't value time with his family until his book becomes a hit and has a chance to talk about it nationwide. It's when Bob and Dr. Marvin meet face-to-face where the barrel of laughs begin with the patient making his life upside down while winning the hearts of his family, enemies and everybody around him. I've been a fan of Bill Murray since his performances from Ghostbusters to Caddyshack and he never disappoints.


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