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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 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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For anyone who ever dreamed of taking off. 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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DTS | Dolby Digital

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

When Danny leaves the house the morning after spending his first intimate night with Glenda, he has no shoes on. Yet in the subsequent shots (as he meets with a gaggle of reporters), Danny clearly has black shoes on. See more »

Quotes

Glenda Lake: [Danny falls on top of Glenda] Are you always like this?
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Special thanks to Carol, Zach, Jess, Hamish and Josh See more »

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Spoofed in Arrested Development: Forget Me Now (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Change
(1982)
Written by Tim Farriss (as Farriss), Michael Hutchence (as Hutchence), Garry Beers (as Beers),
Jon Farriss (as Farriss), Kirk Pengilly (as Pengilly), Andrew Farriss (as Farriss)
Performed by Grinspoon
Songs of Universal Inc. MCA
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty. Ltd.
Licensed from Universal Music Australia Pty. Limited
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Surprisingly heartwarming story
9 January 2005 | by magicninjaixSee all my reviews

Working at Blockbuster, I glanced upon the title vaguely while running movies and decided to give it a shot. Within the first 10 minutes of the film, I had become enraptured in the Austrailian culture that engrossed the film. It only got better from there.

The story is strong--not too sappy or emotional, yet still rich in contrasting emotions transcending any particular genre of film (save action).

The actors also were very strong in there respective roles. Ryhs Ifans (Danny Morgan/Deckchair) played the laid-back/riveting Danny beautifully (totally believable). Miranda Otto (Glenda) also did a wonderful job playing the shy parking officer who fell in love with the "alien" from the sky.

I would definitely (and have done so) recommend to anyone just trying to chill out with a movie for an evening and walk away refreshed.


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