What About Bob? ()

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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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Bob Wiley
Dr. Leo Marvin
Fay Marvin
Siggy Marvin
Anna Marvin
Mr. Guttman
Susan Willis ...
Mrs. Guttman
Roger Bowen ...
Fran Brill ...
Brian Reddy ...
Carswell Fensterwald
Dr. Tomsky
Melinda Mullins ...
Marie Grady
Betty / Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch ...
Gwen / Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres ...
Claire / Dr. Marvin's Secretary
Stuart Rudin ...
Crazy Man in New York Street
Cortez Nance Jr. ...
Lobby Doorman
Bus Driver
Motorcycle Cop (as Dennis R. Scott)
Charles Thomas Baxter ...
Nursing Home Guard
Donald J. Lee Jr. ...
Nursing Home Attendant
Howie / Director
Tom Stechschulte ...
Lennie / Producer
Russell Bobbitt ...
TV Crew Member
TV Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
April Cantor ...

Directed by

Frank Oz

Written by

Alvin Sargent ... (story) &
Laura Ziskin ... (story)
Tom Schulman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Bernard Williams ... co-producer
Laura Ziskin ... producer

Music by

Miles Goodman

Cinematography by

Michael Ballhaus

Film Editing by

Anne V. Coates

Editorial Department

Christopher Cibelli ... assistant film editor
James Garrett ... assistant film editor (as James A. Garrett)
James D.R. Hickox ... assistant film editor
Sandy Isaac ... post-production coordinator
Bob Kaiser ... color timer (as Robert Kaiser)
Theresa Repola Mohammed ... negative cutter
Adam P. Scott ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

Glenn Daniels

Production Design by

Leslie Dilley ... (as Les Dilley)

Art Direction by

Jack Blackman

Set Decoration by

Anne Kuljian

Costume Design by

Bernie Pollack

Makeup Department

Fern Buchner ... makeup artist: New York
Mary Burton ... makeup assistant
Deborah La Mia Denaver ... hair stylist: Mr. Murray
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist: New York
Susan V. Kalinowski ... hair stylist: Mr. Dreyfuss (as Susan Kalinowski)
Emanuel Millar ... hair stylist
Matthew W. Mungle ... makeup artist (as Matthew Mungle)
Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist: Mr. Murray

Production Management

David C. Anderson ... unit production manager (as David Anderson)
Jennifer Ogden ... unit production manager: New York
David Hoberman ... executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios (uncredited)
Angel Pine ... Post Production Executive (uncredited)
Steven Tyler Sahlein ... post production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Cyd Adams ... second second assistant director
Donald J. Lee Jr. ... second assistant director
James W. Skotchdopole ... first assistant director

Art Department

Russell Bobbitt ... property master
Daren Dochterman ... junior illustrator
Roger G. Fortune ... set designer (as Roger Fortune)
Douglas Fox ... property master
Steven Gamiello ... lead man: New York (as Steven R. Gamiello)
Robert Griffon Jr. ... property master: New York (as Robert J. Griffon Jr.)
Donald G. Helderle ... construction foreman (as Don Helderle)
Carol Joffe ... set decorator: New York
Beth Kuhn ... art director: New York
Frank B. Nieves ... construction foreman (as Frank Nieves)
Ken Scaife ... construction coordinator (as Kenneth Scaife)
Wayne Shepherd ... lead man
Jonathan Bobbitt ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Michael R. Clark ... painter (uncredited)
Michael A. Contreraz ... laborer (uncredited)
Julie B. Crum ... greens department (uncredited)
Jennifer Dawson ... set dresser (uncredited)
Scott De Shields ... construction coordinator: reshoots (uncredited)
Jea DeVoe ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Joseph Perugini ... plasterer foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Andrew Adams ... cable person
Bruce Bell ... foley mixer (as Bruce R. Bell)
Denis Blackerby ... dubbing recordist
Liz Carlin ... assistant sound editor
John K. Carr ... sound editor (as John Carr)
David Grannis ... assistant sound editor
Catherine Harper ... foley artist
Devon Heffley Curry ... adr editor (as Devon Curry)
Pieter Hubbard ... sound editor
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Kim Maitland ... boom operator: New York
Kenneth C. Mantlo ... boom operator (as Ken Mantlo)
Mel Metcalfe ... re-recording mixer
Bill Phillips ... supervising sound editor
John Phillips ... sound editor
Terry Porter ... re-recording mixer
Hal Sanders ... sound editor
Scott Shadden ... assistant sound editor
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Robert Warwick ... sound editor
Ed White ... sound mixer
Robert Gramaglia ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Vincent Zabaly ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Richard O. Helmer ... special effects supervisor


Bobby Burns ... stunts
Michael Steve Jones ... stunts
Jim Kindelon ... stunts
Dennis Scott ... stunt coordinator (as Dennis R. Scott)
Steve Hart ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Stuart Abramson ... key grip
Florian Ballhaus ... first assistant camera
Darrell Blevins ... grip
Arthur Blum ... dolly grip
Jerry DeBlau ... gaffer: New York
Randy Downey ... lamp operator
David M. Dunlap ... camera operator
Dennis Gamiello ... key grip: New York
Dave Gillespie ... grip
Nils Johnson ... video assist operator
Jay Kemp ... lamp operator (as Jay Douglas Kemp)
Craig Kohtala ... best boy grip
Jack Kohtala ... grip
Bobby Mancuso ... second assistant camera
Greg Martin ... grip (as Greg M. Martin)
Charlie McIntyre ... lamp operator (as Charles H. McIntyre III)
Robert W. Meyers ... rigging gaffer
Peter John Petraglia ... best boy: New York
Ronald J. Pure Jr. ... lamp operator (as Ronald Joe Pure Jr.)
John 'Fest' Sandau ... assistant chief lighting technician
Steve Sanderson ... camera trainee
Larry Thomas ... lamp operator
James R. Tynes ... chief lighting technician (as Jim Tynes)
David M. Walsh ... additional photographer
Barry Wetcher ... still photographer
David Knox ... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Gábor Kövér ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Sal Martorano ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

William Dean ... extras casting
Jill Greenberg ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Marie Boller ... costumer (as Marie Kaderback)
Jennifer Butler ... costumer: Mr. Murray
David Dumais ... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Julie Glick ... costumer (as Julie Lynn Glick)
Hugo Peña ... costume supervisor
Susan J. Wright ... wardrobe supervisor: New York

Location Management

Mark A. Baker ... location manager: New York
Charles Thomas Baxter ... location manager (as Charles Baxter)
Ritchie Copenhaver ... assistant location manager
Judith Jennings ... location teacher

Music Department

Oscar Castro-Neves ... additional orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor
Nancy Fogarty ... music editor
Darlene Koldenhoven ... vocal contractor
Joel Moss ... music mixer / music recordist
Thomas Pasatieri ... additional orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Matt Walker ... music executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Randy Burke ... transportation captain
Harry J. Leavey ... transportation captain: New York (as Harry Leavey)
James Sweeney ... transportation captain: New York (as Jim Sweeney)
Gaston Veilleux ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

Audrey Bamber ... assistant: Mr. Dreyfuss
Charles Bartlett ... adr voice
Farley Blackman ... boat master
Rafe Blasi ... unit publicist
Ruth Britt ... adr voice
Joseph Chapman ... adr voice
Greg Finley ... adr voice
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Javier Grajeda ... adr voice
Wendi Haas ... production coordinator: New York
Barbara Harris ... adr voice (as Barbara Iley)
Scott Harris ... production assistant
Rosanna Huffman ... adr voice
Jack Kandel ... adr voice
Lisa Lynn Kearsley ... production coordinator
Carlyle King ... adr voice
Daamen J. Krall ... adr voice (as Daamen Krall)
Marsha Kramer ... adr voice
Timothy Lee ... production assistant
Marci Levine ... first assistant accountant
Susan Malerstein-Watkins ... script supervisor (as Susan Malerstein)
Susan V. McConnell ... assistant production coordinator
Susan Napoli ... adr voice (as Stephani Ryan)
David Randolph ... adr voice
Noreen Reardon ... adr voice
Ilyse Reutlinger ... assistant: Mr. Murray
Candisse Reynolds ... craft service
Blair Richwood ... assistant: Laura Ziskin
Diana Schmidt ... assistant: Mr. Oz (as Diana D. Schmidt)
Gary Schwartz ... adr voice
Vernon Scott ... adr voice
Tandi Slater ... production accountant
Dana Williams ... production coordinator
Betty Chin ... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Letty Gray ... production office (uncredited)
Solomon J. LeFlore ... production financing (uncredited)
Michael McGee ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jacobus Rose ... production executive (uncredited)
Kira Willoughby ... caterer: special dessert catering (uncredited)
Chris Winn ... key craft service (uncredited)
Derek J. Young ... additional voice (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 cleverly tricking the telephone operator at the doctor's exchange, Bob discovers the whereabouts of Leo and his family. Despite his phobia about traveling alone, Bob somehow manages to talk himself onto a bus, and he arrives in New Hampshire. Leo's vacation comes to a screeching halt the moment he sees Bob. With his witty personality, his ability to manipulate people, and his good sense of humor, Bob quickly becomes an annoyance to Leo, but not to Fay, Anna, and Siggy, because they think Bob is fun while Leo is dull. Fearing that he's losing his family to Bob, Leo frantically tries to find a way to make Bob go back to New York, and it's not as easy as Leo had hoped. Leo finds himself stepping outside the law to try to get Bob to stay away from Fay, Anna, and Siggy--Leo slowly goes berserk, and makes plans to kill Bob. Written by Todd Baldridge

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Taglines Bob's a special kind of friend. The kind that drives you crazy! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Quoi de neuf Bob? (France)
  • Was ist mit Bob? (Germany)
  • ¿Qué pasa con Bob? (Spain)
  • Tutte le manie di Bob (Italy)
  • Epitelous, ti tha ginei me ton Bob? (Greece)
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  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget $35,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $9,216,334, 19 May 1991

Did You Know?

Trivia According to interviews, both of the film's lead stars, Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, admit that they both did not get along during the movie's filming. This has been said to have contributed to the film as the characters they play become antagonists. See more »
Goofs When Marie from Good Morning America (1975) is interviewing Dr. Marvin and Bob, Leo inadvertently calls her "Joan" the first time he speaks to her. Joan Lunden plays/is the home-base correspondent for GMA. Leo had been rehearsing his speech to Joan Lunden all night, but Marie was the interviewer that came to his house. Leo froze up on TV and repeated his rehearsed message even though it was no longer appropriate. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Soapdish/What About Bob?/Hudson Hawk/Only the Lonely (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Jolt See more »
Quotes Dr. Leo Marvin: I want some peace and quiet!
Bob Wiley: Well, I'll be quiet.
Siggy: I'll be peace!
[Bob and Siggy burst into giggles]
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