Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune

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Director: Arthur Hiller

Cast: Arthur Hiller, Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote

     
 

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Two women with serious differences are forced to look out for each other in this anarchic comedy. Sandy (Bette Midler) and Lauren (Shelley Long) are a pair of struggling actresses who don't get along especially well -- and are even less fond of each other when they discover that they're both dating the same man, Michael (Peter Coyote). However, when Michael suddenly… See more details below

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Two women with serious differences are forced to look out for each other in this anarchic comedy. Sandy (Bette Midler) and Lauren (Shelley Long) are a pair of struggling actresses who don't get along especially well -- and are even less fond of each other when they discover that they're both dating the same man, Michael (Peter Coyote). However, when Michael suddenly goes missing, they discover that he's actually an espionage agent working with a foreign government, and as they set out to find him, they learn that he has implicated them in his schemes. Now Sandy and Lauren are stuck with each other as they look for Michael while trying to outrun the law. Outrageous Fortune also stars George Carlin as Frank, a burned-out '60s holdover who the women meet along the way.

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Outrageous Fortune proved to be another moderate hit for Bette Midler after her hilarious turns in Ruthless People and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, as well as one of the only hits on the checkered resumé of Shelley Long. "Outrageous" is a pretty good word to describe it: About as zany as farces get, Arthur Hiller's film moves along with a bold head of steam for much of the narrative, before losing some of its grounding in a misguided finale that finds the two actresses jumping between cliffs. The leads work quite well together, with Long's snooty Diane Chambers persona playing memorably off of Midler's brassiness. George Carlin is funny, too, one of the few bright spots of the over-the-top final act in the Southwestern desert. Leslie Dixon's auspicious screenwriting debut earned a succession of subsequent work in similarly madcap comedies, including Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). While mismatched buddy movies like this are nothing new, it's a nice change to see the leads essayed by women, especially capable comic actresses like Midler and Long.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
UPC:
0012257569032
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shelley Long Lauren Ames
Bette Midler Sandy Brozinsky
Peter Coyote Michael
Robert Prosky Stanislov Korzenowski
John Schuck Atkins
George Carlin Frank
Anthony Heald Weldon
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Cab Driver
R.G. Clayton Coroner
Barbara DeKins Airport Woman
Debra A. Deliso Ballet Double for Lauren
John de Santi Police Lieutenant
Mali Finn Actor
Bob O'Connell Gate Attendant
Lynn Stalmaster Actor
Carol-Ann Susi Receptionist
Donald Ambabo Helicopter Pilot
Florence Stanley Ticket Agent
Jerry Zaks Tobacco Clerk
Diana Bellamy Madam
Gary Morgan Panansky
Christopher McDonald George (as Chris McDonald)
J.W. Smith Dealer
Robert Pastorelli Dealer
Tony Epper Russell
Bill Hart Boyd
Sally Brown Actress
Paul Brooks Airport Attendant
Sandra Eng Newswoman
Roger Engstrom Airport Husband
James Espinoza Pick-Up Truck Rider
Barney Garcia Pick-Up Truck Rider
Mike Henry Russian
Neil Hunt Fencing Teacher
Coral Kassel Meter Maid
Tom Lillard Vasily
James McIntire Bartender
Joan McMurtrey Fencer #2
Greg Mace Policeman
Tammy Manville Ballet Dancer For Lauren
Bill Marcus Dispatcher
J. Clell Miller Oil Rig Driver
Lonna Montrose Airport Patron
Steve Rotblatt Eddie
Johnny Sanchez Puerto Rican Kid
Pat Santino Security Guard
Ade Small Ballet Teacher
Ebbe Roe Smith Russian
Bunny Summers Costume Lady
Anna Marie Wieder Ruby, Hooker
Eyan Williams Black Girl Dancer
Alexis Cruz Actor
Thom Dillon Security Officer Brown
Philip L. Mead Airport Security Guard

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Del Armstrong Makeup
Robert W. Cort Producer
Dennis Dion Special Effects
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
Ted Field Producer
Mali Finn Casting
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter V. Herald Co-producer
Scott Kroopf Co-producer
Tom Lucas Makeup
Daniel Maltese Set Decoration/Design
Martin Mickelson Co-producer
Bob Mills Makeup
Tom Rolf Editor
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Judith Stevens Production Designer
Jim Van Wyck Associate Producer,Asst. Director
James D. Vance Production Designer
Sandy Veneziano Art Director
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
Glenn Wilder Stunts

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