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The Dream Team (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 7 April 1989 (USA)
Four mental patients on a field trip in New York City must save their caring chaperon, who ends up being taken to a hospital in a coma after accidentally witnessing a murder, before the killers can find him and finish the job.

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Riley
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Dr. Newald
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O'Malley
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Bernie
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Sgt. Vincente
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Canning
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Storyline

Dr. Weitzman works with patients in a sanitarium. Convinced that all that his "group" needs is a some fresh air and some time away from the sanitarium, he pursuades the administration to allow him to take them to a ballgame. Unfortunately, he accidentally stumbles across a crime in progress and ends up in hospital. The group are stranded in New York City, forced to cope with a place which is often more bizarre than their sanitarium. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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They're alone and lost in New York, the only place crazier than they are. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Traum-Team  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,704,860 (USA) (9 April 1989)

Gross:

$28,890,240 (USA)
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Trivia

The two top-billed leads, Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd, share last names, which are the same as the surnames of two famous Hollywood silent movie comedians, they being Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, respectively. See more »

Goofs

In two different scenes in the police station, Captain Lewitt calls Philip Bosco's character Maguire. The character was instead named O'Malley in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Bernie: [to Jack in his new clothes] I'm telling you it works. It's a statement, man. You know who you are.
Billy: No he doesn't.
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Connections

References The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

POR DIOS QUE NO
Written by Hugo Almanza
Performed by Cuco Valoy
Courtesy of Kubaney Records
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Better than expected
30 November 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Funny comedy about a group of mental patients who take a trip to the big city under the supervision of their doctor, and wind up being framed for a murder they didn't commit. Far-fetched and far from great, but made enjoyable by a few funny fish-out-of-water/mistaken-identity sequences and the spirited performances by Michael Keaton, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Boyle: all three of whom, it may be noted, seem to have lost their careers in recent time...but were at the top of their games during the era and are certainly at home here in a film that is never quite as good as it could be but is nevertheless a whole lot better than I ever expected it would be.

I like the beginning sequence with Ray Charles' "Hit the Road Jack" over the credits. I don't know why - maybe because I saw it years ago and it's just stuck with me - but I always think of this when I picture the film in my head.


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