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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.

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Sandy Upman
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Pete
Alan Flower ...
Ray Vitali
Julie Wood ...
Kate (as Jules Sobotta)
Brian Langsworth ...
Real Estate Agent
Steve Rassios ...
Real Estate Agent (as Steven Rassios)
Madeleine James ...
Real Estate Woman
Jane Ruggiero ...
Donna
Gina Bortolin ...
Helen Costas
Duncan Young ...
Phil Stubbs
Garrie Scott ...
Party Shop Assistant
Richard Johnson ...
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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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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

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31 July 2003 (Australia)  »

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Danny's Daydream  »

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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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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

An important missing person alert is broadcast on television, with a plea for information on his whereabouts, yet does not include a picture of the subject. See more »

Quotes

Wing Commander Matthews: It's a tough country out there. We're talking nuts and berries.
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Thanks to ... the residents of Hambly Street & Environs, Botany and the residents of Bellingen. See more »

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Referenced in My Name Is Earl: Sweet Johnny (2008) See more »

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Screems from Da Old Plantation
(1999)
Written by King Kapisi (as B. Urale), Kas Futialo (as K. Futialo)
Performed by King Kapisi
Licensed courtesy of Festival Mushroom Records
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Delightful and sweet
12 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've read several other user's comments on this movie. Many were right, it IS simple romantic comedy movie. And, yes, this story has been well covered. That doesn't make it any less of a movie. Neither does having Rhys Ifans play an Australian. It's called ACTING! Tom Hanks didn't contract AIDS to play in Philadelphia. Meryl Streep played Australian in A Cry in the Dark. And Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, both Aussies, have played American! Rhys played the role of Danny perfectly. He showed a regular guy who wants to do SOMETHING. Miranda Otto was also well cast at Glenda, living a life on hold as a parking cop. This movie doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it is a great way to spend a couple of hours. I recommend it highly. 8/10


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