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Outrageous Fortune (1987)

R | | Comedy | 30 January 1987 (USA)
Two women unknowingly share the same man, but when he disappears, both go out looking for him and enter his surprisingly dangerous life.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Leslie Dixon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Long ... Lauren
Bette Midler ... Sandy
Peter Coyote ... Michael
Robert Prosky ... Stanislav Korzenowski
John Schuck ... Atkins
George Carlin ... Frank
Anthony Heald ... Weldon
Ji-Tu Cumbuka ... Cab Driver
Florence Stanley ... Ticket Agent
Jerry Zaks ... Tobacco Clerk
John DiSanti ... Police Lieutenant (as John Di Santi)
Diana Bellamy ... Madam
Gary Morgan ... Panansky
Christopher McDonald ... George (as Chris McDonald)
J.W. Smith J.W. Smith ... Dealer #1
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Storyline

Lauren and Sandy are total opposites who end up in the same acting class and who don't know they are sharing a lover. When he disappears under mysterious circumstances they refuse to believe that he is dead and are the only ones who are searching for him across several states. Ending up in the western US., they discover he had other interests as they find their lives in danger. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The CIA is trailing them. The KGB is tracking them. The phone company is tracing them. The police are chasing them. The cowboys are herding them. And the Indians are hunting them. Are they going to fall for all of that?

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

30 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos rivales tras un canalla See more »

Filming Locations:

Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$52,864,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,864,741
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Shelley Long and Bette Midler were promised top billing when they signed to do the film. Neither one wanted to give up top billing to the other. So west of the Mississippi River, Long got top billing and Midler got top billing east of the Mississippi. See more »

Goofs

At one point, both Lauren and Sandy hide in automatic dryers that are on. First, most automatic dryers wouldn't function with the weight of a human in it. Second, if both of them are in dryers at the same time, who turned them on? See more »

Quotes

Sandy: Well, what the hell?
Lauren: Well, that's not his?
Sandy: No way look at that.
Lauren: It's too small.
Sandy: IT'S A FUCKIN PENCIL.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll over the freezeframe of the curtain call, Long and Midler can be heard bickering about Long's performance in the play. See more »

Connections

References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Special
(Theme From Outrageous Fortune (1987))
Performed by Patti LaBelle (as Patti La Belle)
Written by Howie Rice and Allan Rich
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Middler and Long make a good team
27 June 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The comedy that comes in Outrageous Fortune may come in small doses, but it is supplied in good lengths by stars Bette Midler and Shelly Long. They make good comic chemistry as two ladies who have been screwed by the same man. Funny along the way, but it doesn't exactly hit the dart on the head. But it is OK, because of co-star George Carlin, who is good as always, and is especially good here as a Indian hippie-tracker who helps Midler and Long along the way. Best comedy of 1987. B+


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