Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune

5.0 3
Director: Arthur Hiller

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

     
 

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The most glaring error on this DVD is the fact that the packaging lists the theatrical trailer as an extra feature when it actually doesn't exist on the disc at all. There's no option to choose it on the menu, and it's not tacked on to the end of the film or listed in the chapter selection. Unfortunately, that phantom trailer is the only "extra" on the disc, making… See more details below

Overview

The most glaring error on this DVD is the fact that the packaging lists the theatrical trailer as an extra feature when it actually doesn't exist on the disc at all. There's no option to choose it on the menu, and it's not tacked on to the end of the film or listed in the chapter selection. Unfortunately, that phantom trailer is the only "extra" on the disc, making this DVD about as bare bones as it's possible to be. On the positive side, the 1:85 widescreen looks decent and is enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. The audio is only 2.0 Dolby Surround Sound, however, and available in English or French, which just isn't enough for DVD fans. The story of two feuding women (Bette Midler and Shelley Long) chasing after the same man, Outrageous Fortune is a forgettable film and an even more forgettable DVD. Unless this is your favorite film of all time, it's not even worth the rental.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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:
03/14/2000
UPC:
0717951005496
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
14,220

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; French-language track; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits [2:04]
2. In Pursuit Of The "Acting Thing" [2:04]
3. Waiting To Audition [:20]
4. Too Good To Be True [:20]
5. Three-Week Anniversary [4:21]
6. Meeting At The Morgue [6:09]
7. The Plot Thickens [9:40]
8. Where There's Smoke [1:23]
9. The Friendly Neighborhood Cab Company [4:27]
10. Playing Cops And Robbers [6:40]
11. A Deserving Performance [3:11]
12. Welcome To Alberquerque [5:02]
13. Dealing With Loose Ends [3:25]
14. CIA Debriefing [4:26]
15. Dangers In The Desert [5:21]
16. The Tracker Of Tres Crucas [5:17]
17. Looking For A Good Time [2:40]
18. Finding Big Trouble [7:17]
19. The Exchange At Four Fingers [3:59]
20. End Credits [7:36]

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