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Critical Condition (1987)

R | | Comedy | 16 January 1987 (USA)
Con man Kevin Lennihan, framed in a jewel smuggling, tries for an insanity plea, and is sent to a hospital for review, where he is confused for a doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Denis Hamill (story), John Hamill (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Eddie / Kevin
Rachel Ticotin ... Rachel
Rubén Blades ... Louis
Joe Mantegna ... Chambers
Bob Dishy ... Dr. Foster
Sylvia Miles ... Maggie
Joe Dallesandro ... Stucky
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Box
Bob Saget ... Dr. Joffe
Joseph Ragno ... Palazzi
Jon Polito ... Kline
Garrett Morris ... Helicopter Junkie
Brian Tarantina ... Tommy Pinto
Jude Ciccolella ... Jack Kinney
Çigdem Selisik Onat ... Dr. Hoffman (as Cigdem Onat)
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Storyline

Kevin Lennihan is a con artist. But this time he's framed and comes before a judge. By claiming insanity he hopes to get off the hook. He manages to end up in a hospital on Governors Island in New York Harbor for a mental examination. That night a storm breaks out over the area and the electricity to the hospital is out. In the ensuing chaos that follows Kevin is mistaken for a doctor, Eddie Slattery. Suddenly he is in charge of a whole hospital. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A comedy of epidemic proportions. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alkalom szüli az orvost See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,715,701, 18 January 1987

Gross USA:

$20,240,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,240,502
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie's DVD sleeve poster art says "Richard Pryor is in Critical Condition" which is a phraseology that applies to patients, and yet erroneously here, Pryor is seen dressed as a doctor. The original theatrical movie poster tagline, which the above blurb replaced, was more accurate, it said, "Guess who's playing doctor?" See more »

Goofs

Box opens the garage door, yells about his dog being kicked. However, Stuckey kicks the patient who thinks he's a dog several seconds before Box actually opens the garage door. There is no way that Box could have seen Stucky kick the dog. See more »

Quotes

Stucky: This is the end of the road. I don't think I need you anymore.
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Alternate Versions

A slightly different intro was filmed for the TV version. In the original theatrical release, Richard Pryor is seen meeting the loan shark in a sex shop. But the TV version has the meeting in an old warehouse. In addition, the TV version tones down some of Richard Pryor's language, and has a slightly different end credits sequence showing the main characters as their names are displayed in the credits list. The theatrical version just had standard titles over a black background. See more »

Connections

References Shanghai Surprise (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

THE RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES
from "DIE WALKURE"
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker (as the Vienna Philharmonic)
Conducted by Sir Georg Solti
Courtesy of London Records
A Division of PolyGram Classics, Inc.
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Even Richard Pryor Can't Save This One
5 October 2011 | by webizcoSee all my reviews

As much as I love Richard Pryor, this movie is well, awful. I haven't seen this movie in years and recently watched it on one of the paid movie services. I originally saw it when it was released in the theaters because I have always followed Richard Pryor's career. The concept of the movie just doesn't fly and having Randall "Tex" Cobb as a main character didn't help any. Honestly, I won't invest another hour and a half to ever watching this again. There are also some other "B" actors such as Joe Mantegna and Bob Saget but they are not very good either in this movie. Sorry Richard, you are a great performer but this movie stinks.


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