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Danny Deckchair (2003)

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An Aussie becomes a national sensation when he lifts off in his deck chair tied to balloons.

Director:

Jeff Balsmeyer

Writers:

Jeff Balsmeyer, Lizzie Bryant (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Ifans ... Danny Morgan
Miranda Otto ... Glenda Lake
Justine Clarke ... Trudy Dunphy
Rhys Muldoon ... Sandy Upman
John Batchelor ... Pete
Alan Flower Alan Flower ... Ray Vitali
Julie Wood Julie Wood ... Kate (as Jules Sobotta)
Brian Langsworth Brian Langsworth ... Real Estate Agent
Steve Rassios Steve Rassios ... Real Estate Agent (as Steven Rassios)
Madeleine James Madeleine James ... Real Estate Woman
Jane Ruggiero Jane Ruggiero ... Donna
Gina Bortolin Gina Bortolin ... Helen Costas
Duncan Young Duncan Young ... Phil Stubbs
Garrie Scott Garrie Scott ... Party Shop Assistant
Richard Johnson Richard Johnson ... Passerby
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Storyline

Based on a true story, the tale of a cement truck driver named Danny, whose long awaited vacation is cancelled thanks to his scheming girlfriend, Trudy. Danny escapes his grim life in suburban Australia and blasts into the skies in a chair tied with helium balloons. A mighty thunderstorm blows him clean off the map, and spits him out far away over the lush green town of Clarence. In this new town, he rockets into the world of Glenda, the town's only parking cop. While the media back home becomes obsessed with the story of his disappearance, Danny gets to reinvent himself in this new town, and in his great adventure, he discovers a true soulmate in Glenda. Fate catches up with him eventually, as Danny's true identity is revealed and Trudy--now a tabloid celebrity--comes to the idyllic town to claim Danny and drag him back to Sydney. Danny, however, is a changed man; he's discovered what it means to be happy and has found a new self-worth. Saying farewell to Trudy, Danny makes a dynamic... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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With a big dream and a little attitude, anything's possible. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related situations | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Danny's Daydream See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$212,979 (Australia), 1 August 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,304, 15 August 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$159,279, 26 September 2004
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by the antics of "Lawnchair" Larry Walters who flew over San Pedro, California in a lawn chair rigged with 42 weather balloons on July 2, 1982. See more »

Goofs

It's made clear that Danny Morgan and Trudy are unmarried. Yet when Sandy interviews her on the disappearance she's listed as being Trudi Morgan. She would only have Danny's last name if they had gotten married. See more »

Quotes

Glenda Lake: [Danny falls on top of Glenda] Are you always like this?
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to ... the residents of Hambly Street & Environs, Botany and the residents of Bellingen. See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Do You Love
(1998)
Written by Neil Halstead
Performed by Mojave 3
Little Homestead Songs
Licensed courtesy of 4AD Records / Remote Control Records Pty. Ltd.
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Lotsa heart
24 December 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Danny Deckchair" tells of the adventures of a young concrete truck driver who decides to tie a bunch of helium filled balloons to his deck chair to soar aloft. His plan is to take shears with him to cut away one balloon at a time thereby making his descent. Instead, he leaves the shears behind and the balloons carry him to a new life and a new love. This sweet, cute, fun little flick from down-under is a fresh and creative new addition to the much over worked romcom genre. With lots of heart and unpredictable predictability, "Danny Deckchair" should be an enjoyable watch for those who don't mind a little schmaltz with their romantic comedy fare. (B)


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