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What About Bob? (1991) Poster

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In interviews both Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss admitted that they did not get along during filming.
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When Fay Marvin was tucking in Bob and her son Sigmund on the night of the Bob sleepover, she holds the sheets up to allow Bob to climb into his bed. Bill Murray improvises in the scene and crawls under the sheets head first, cracking up Julie Hagerty.
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Robin Williams was the first choice for the role of Bob Wiley, as he had been nominated for an Oscar for his performance in screenwriter Tom Schulman's Dead Poets Society (1989), also distributed by Touchstone Pictures. However, at the time filming was to begin, Williams had just finished filming The Fisher King (1991) and was forced to turn down the role. Williams and Charlie Korsmo, who plays Richard Dreyfuss's son in this movie, would go on to star in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991).
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Richard Dreyfuss in an article published on 8th October 2009 by Nathan Rabin in "The A.V. Club", said, "How about it? Funny movie. Terribly unpleasant experience. We didn't get along, me and Bill Murray. But I've got to give it to him: I don't like him, but he makes me laugh even now. I'm also jealous that he's a better golfer than I am. It's a funny movie. No one ever comes up to you and says, 'I identify with the patient'. They always say, 'I have patients like that. I identify with your character'. No one ever says that they're willing to identify with the other character".
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Dr. Leo Marvin is a psychiatrist whose childrens' names are "Anna" and "Sigmund". They are named respectively after the famous psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his daughter, child psychologist Anna Freud.
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Julie Hagerty is only ten years older than Kathryn Erbe, who played her daughter Anna Marvin.
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The vacation house where this was filmed was actually in Virginia on Smith Mountain Lake.
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Director Frank Oz wanted Patrick Stewart to play Dr. Leo Marvin, which was eventually played by Richard Dreyfuss.
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The asylum where Dr. Marvin tries to have Bob committed is actually the Elks' National Home in Bedford, VA. Every year at Christmas the front lawn is lit with thousands of Christmas lights and draws nearly 100,000 spectators from the surrounding areas.
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Bill Murray said of this film, according to "Entertainment Weekly" on 19th March 1993: "It's entertaining--everybody knows somebody like that Bob guy. [Richard Dreyfuss and I] didn't get along on the movie particularly, but it worked for the movie. I mean, I drove him nuts, and he encouraged me to drive him nuts".
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At 26, Kathryn Erbe played Anna Marvin, the teenage daughter of Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss).
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Scenes were also shot in New York City. According to Frank Oz, Bill Murray "was really frightened about shooting in the city".
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Garry Marshall was considered to direct prior to Frank Oz being hired.
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Producer Laura Ziskin recalled having a disagreement with Bill Murray which led to her getting tossed into a lake by him. She confirmed in 2003, "Bill also threatened to throw me across the parking lot and then broke my sunglasses and threw them across the parking lot. I was furious and outraged at the time, but having produced a dozen movies, I can safely say it is not common behavior."
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The two buildings shown when Bob arrives at the lake from New York are in Moneta, VA, near Smith Mountain Lake. The blue building really was a general store and coffee shop. The red building used as the bus station in the movie is in real life a produce warehouse called Moneta Produce.
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Ranked at #43 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies" list.
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In a 2000 interview with IGN, director Frank Oz recalled that " . . . it was a tense time [shooting the film] because [Bill Murray] . . . and the writer and the producer . . . and Richard Dreyfuss . . . and me . . . and Disney (although less so Disney, I must say they were more supportive) . . . all had our view on how to make the script better. It wasn't out of mean-spiritedness, it was just that everybody felt strongly about how to make the movie better. That caused friction and a lot of tension, and that's what I remember, but it also caused the movie to be better. It turned out okay, I think."
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Final credited feature of Roger Bowen.
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The diagnosis of Bob Wiley by psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin was "multi-phobic personality characterized by acute separation anxiety and extreme need for family connections".
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The 19th ranked box-office hit of 1991 in the U.S..
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James Caan, Chevy Chase and Kevin Kline were considered for the role of Dr. Leo Marvin.
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In August 2017 Richard Dreyfuss went on record and stated that he thinks Bill Murray is a pig and that he irritated him because Murray is a good golfer and Dreyfuss isn't. In the film Murray's character Bob Wiley irritates Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss).
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According to 'The Hollywood Reporter:, in an article "Richard Dreyfuss Sues Disney Over 'What About Bob? (1991)'", the star filed suit against the studio because "according to a complaint filed on Thursday [09/04/2015] in [the] L.A. {Los Angeles] Superior Court, Disney has refused a demand by Dreyfuss . . . to hire their chosen auditor--Robinson Inc., founded by David J. Robinson''. The article goes on to say, "In a potentially watershed case from attorney Neville Johnson, the complaint lays out how profit participation auditors are called upon to find monies due to profit participants and how studios 'make auditing as onerous as possible'. Often, when big stars do battle with studios over auditing, it never gets reported publicly because of confidentiality agreements and disputes adjudicated in closed-door arbitration. According to the lawsuit, the arbitrators don't wish to upset the studios for fear of losing repeat business. "It's a one-sided world where corporations assert their control over talent who do not have the leverage to otherwise protect themselves".
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At one point in development, "Woody Allen was considered, in that he could do triple duty as star, director, and possibly co-writer, if he can arrange for some freedom from his exclusive deal with Orion Pictures", according to Leonard Klady in the June 25, 1989, edition of "The Los Angeles Times".
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The trailer features shots and footage that don't appear in the final finished film.
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At one point Bob Wiley thinks Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss (I)) is in Martha's Vineyard. Martha's Vineyard was the key filming location posing as Amity Island in the blockbuster Jaws (1975), which co-starred Dreyfuss.
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Debut writing credit of producer Laura Ziskin who was co-credited for the movie's story.
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Of the two pictures released in 1991 in which Laura Ziskin acted as a producer, both featured medical practitioners; this film featured Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), and in William Hurt played The Doctor (1991) Jack MacKee.
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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.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

For the scene in which Bob accidentally blows the house up, producers used a 3/4-sized model replica of the actual house that they detonated on a nearby lot.
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The film's closing epilogue states: "Bob went back to school and became a psychologist. He then wrote a best seller: 'DEATH THERAPY'. Leo is suing him for the rights". Years later, Richard Dreyfuss (I) would sue Walt Disney Pictures over the picture's profit participation auditing.
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A TV spot had an alternative reaction from Bob when Leo's house exploded. Instead of "Oops" he yells with a smile, "Oh, my God, your house!"
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