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Drop Dead Fred (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 24 May 1991 (USA)
A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood.


(as Ate De Jong)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Charles ...
Attractive Customer
Bob Reid ...
Judge Dubben
Sjoukje De Jong Douma ...
Grandma Bunce
Paul Holmes ...
Man in Speedboat
Steve Cochran ...
Waiter #1


A young woman who's attempting to find her place in the world battles with her controlling mother and a womanizing husband finds comfort and confusion with the appearance of her childhood friend. It is a zappy movie that emphasizes self-actualization. Written by C. Marshall

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Unusual, Uncontrollable, Unleashed, Unreal See more »


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

24 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Culpa é do Fred  »


Box Office


$6,788,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script was originally offered to Tim Burton, but he declined to direct. See more »


Young Lizzie's eyes are a bluish/green mixture, while Lizzie's as an adult are dark brown. See more »


[first lines]
Polly: And the prince took the beautiful young girl in his arms and said, will you marry me? Yes, she whispered, I will be your princess.
Young Elizabeth: Did they live happily ever after?
Polly: Of course, Elizabeth.
[tucking her in]
Young Elizabeth: How do you know?
Polly: Because she was a good little girl. If she had been naughty, the prince would have run away.
Young Elizabeth: What a pile of shit!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

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Who hasn't wanted a Fred?
4 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

When I was smaller, I had an imaginary friend who was probably the most wild thing that was ever in my life. He'd bounce around the pews at church and pick the alter boys noses, get stuck on ceiling fans, and generally make life a bit more difficult for my adolescent mind. But then we'd get home, and he'd always be there to play with me and be a good friend.

Which is what Fred is all about. He is releasing the wild side inside of you that you didn't know you had.

Most people, when they watch this movie, have a pretty open mind and enjoy it. But some seem to go into it far too seriously. Yes, it was probably Lizzie's imagination, yes Fred probably wasn't real, yes the humor was tasteless and annoying. But it's those people who didn't have an imaginary friend as a child, who can't understand what it's like to have a friend who'll annoy the crud out of you, but still be the one you want to spend time with everyday.

I saw Drop Dead Fred when I was six years old, and now, at fourteen, i'm still watching it with friends who i've shown it too. If a fourteen year old and her friends can understand this movie from a psychological standpoint, why can't the critics?

Fred is Fred. Most of us had him as a child in some form or another, and this movie PROVES that they can always come back if we need them, no matter how old we get.

10/10 for my favorite movie of all time. :)

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