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What About Bob? (1991)

PG | | Comedy | 17 May 1991 (USA)
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A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (story), Laura Ziskin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Bob Wiley
Richard Dreyfuss ... Dr. Leo Marvin
Julie Hagerty ... Fay Marvin
Charlie Korsmo ... Siggy Marvin
Kathryn Erbe ... Anna Marvin
Tom Aldredge ... Mr. Guttman
Susan Willis Susan Willis ... Mrs. Guttman
Roger Bowen ... Phil
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Lily
Brian Reddy Brian Reddy ... Carswell Fensterwald
Doris Belack ... Dr. Tomsky
Melinda Mullins Melinda Mullins ... Marie Grady
Marcella Lowery ... Betty / Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch Margot Welch ... Gwen / Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres Barbara Andres ... Claire / Dr. Marvin's Secretary
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Storyline

Doctor Leo Marvin, an egotistical psychotherapist in New York City, is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance on a "Good Morning America" telecast, during which he plans to brag about "Baby Steps," his new book about emotional disorder theories in which he details his philosophy of treating patients and their phobias. Meanwhile, Bob Wiley is a recluse who is so afraid to leave his own apartment that he has to talk himself out the door. When Bob is pawned off on Leo by a psychotherapist colleague, Bob becomes attached to Leo. Leo finds Bob extremely annoying. When Leo accompanies his wife Fay, his daughter Anna, and his son Siggy to a peaceful New Hampshire lakeside cottage for a month-long vacation, Leo thinks he's been freed from Bob. Leo expects to mesmerize his family with his prowess as a brilliant husband and remarkable father who knows all there is to know about instructing his wife and raising his kids. But Bob isn't going to let Leo enjoy a quiet summer by the lake. By ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Bob's a special kind of friend. The kind that drives you crazy!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Qué tal, Bob? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,216,334, 19 May 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,710,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Laura Ziskin recalled having a disagreement with Bill Murray which led to her getting tossed into a lake by him. She confirmed in 2003, "Bill also threatened to throw me across the parking lot and then broke my sunglasses and threw them across the parking lot. I was furious and outraged at the time, but having produced a dozen movies, I can safely say it is not common behavior." See more »

Goofs

After Dr Marvin has his breakdown near the end of the movie, the doctor taking care of him in his home believes he has left Leo sedated in the bedroom. He then accompanies Fay, Lily and Bob into the hallway where he gives them instructions. At one point he takes out his prescription pad with the intention of writing, while simultaneously telling them what he intends to prescribe. At the moment the doctor merely touches his pen to the pad, Bob begins to question his choice of medication causing the doctor to pause and reconsider. He then states that Bob may be right and that he would rewrite the prescription. The problem is that he never wrote anything to begin with as the pad is empty as he walks away from them down the hall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bob Wiley: I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful...
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Alternate Versions

Recent 2004 airing on TBS uses the term "tourette's syndrome" instead of the TV-friendly toned-down "Buddy's disease", and used *almost* all of the original dialog associated with it. See more »

Connections

Features The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Jolt
Written by Gerry Hurtado and Chris Abbott
Performed by Skatemaster Tate and The Concrete Crew
Courtesy of Russett Records
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Great comedy
28 September 2010 | by kneiss1See all my reviews

l wasn't sure if I wanted to give this movie 7 or 8 points till seeing the last 20 minutes. There Richard Dreyfuss has been in full cry. I needed to laugh so hard, that I am forced to give this movie 8 points. As a movie itself, if I use all criteria I use on other films, this movie would not deserve 8 points. The story is predictable (I knew exactly how it was going to end from the very beginning), camera work, music and characters are not actually special. All has been there before, and was copied again and again afterward. But as a comedy, this movie totally did what it was supposed to do. It was absolutely hilarious!

Sometimes the humor was a bit too silly, and Bill Murray has been overdoing it from time to time - and I still needed to laugh my butt off. Watching the way smaller Dreyfuss beside the tall, dumb looking Bill, screaming and shouting like an angry dwarf, was a way too funny image.


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