The Couch Trip

Overview

Michael Ritchie's The Couch Trip follows a long line of Hollywood films One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Disorderly Orderly in which the psychos are seen as saner than the psychiatrists. Charles Grodin plays Dr. George Maitlin, a pompous radio self-help guru, who is having his own personal mental breakdown. Maitlin's lawyer puts in a call to a Cicero, IL, mental facility and the telephone is answered by schizophrenic mental patient John Burns Dan Aykroyd. Thinking Burns is a crony of Maitlin, Burns is offered...
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Overview

Michael Ritchie's The Couch Trip follows a long line of Hollywood films One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Disorderly Orderly in which the psychos are seen as saner than the psychiatrists. Charles Grodin plays Dr. George Maitlin, a pompous radio self-help guru, who is having his own personal mental breakdown. Maitlin's lawyer puts in a call to a Cicero, IL, mental facility and the telephone is answered by schizophrenic mental patient John Burns Dan Aykroyd. Thinking Burns is a crony of Maitlin, Burns is offered the job of replacing Maitlin during his recovery. Of course, Burns accepts the job. Immediately jetted to Los Angeles, Burns meets panhandler Donald Becker Walter Matthau at the airport. While wearing the garb of a priest, Becker sounds off against the madness of societal conventions; Burns takes to him immediately and they become fast friends. When Burns assumes command of the airwaves in Maitlin's place, his words of wisdom are so obvious and commonsensical that he is an overnight sensation. Meanwhile, in London, where Maitlin is convalescing, he gets wind of Burns' success. With renewed vigor and outrage, Maitlin leaves his recovery room and hops on a plane back to Los Angeles in an effort to recover his radio show.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • UPC: 883904130109
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Aykroyd John Burns
Walter Matthau Donald Becker
Charles Grodin Dr. George Maitlin
David Clennon Lawrence Baird
Donna Dixon Dr. Laura Rollins
Mary Gross Vera Maitlin
Richard Romanus Harvey Michaels
Arye Gross Perry Kovin
Victoria Jackson Robin
Chevy Chase Condom Father
Susann Benn
Michael de Lorenzo Lopez
Mickey Jones Watkins
J.E. Freeman Unger
David Wohl Dr. Smet
Michael Ensign Hendricks
Carol Mansell Mrs. Blair
Robert Hirschfeld Night Watchman
Charles Levin TV Reporter
Kevin Rooney Cop at Hollywood Sign
Myrna White Policewoman
Scott Thomson Klevin
Tony Rolon Bellperson
Scott Weintraub Continental Agent
Donna Mitchell Stewardess
Linda Rae Favila Maitlin's Secretary
David Grant Hayward Waiter, Loudon
Jonathan Emerson Hendrick's Assistant
Beverly Archer Mrs. Guber
Gloria Dorson Ida V.O.
Jerry Belson Yuri V.O.
Charles Sweigart Cop
Don Stark Peterson
Benbow Ritchie Man at Baseball Game
Jack Ritchie Man at Baseball Game
Jean Sterling Woman at Baseball Game
Jan Cobler Woman at Party
Adrian Aron Woman at Party
Ralph Adano Person at Party
Robert M. Dawson Person at Party
June Claman Lady at Riviera
Michael Gregory Security at Riviera
Johnny Sinclair Clerk in London
Kenneth Danziger Clerk in London
Corey Rand Airline Clerk
John Mahon Police Captain
Neal Kaz Cop in Maitlin's Office
Tino Insana Jail Guard
Duane Tucker Guard in Squad Car
Rick Garcia Bellperson
John D. LeMay Dr. Smet's Resident
Kimmy Robertson
Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
Will Aldis Screenwriter
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Belson Screenwriter
Walter Bernstein Screenwriter
Jimmie Bly Production Designer
Ken Chase Makeup
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Colombier Score Composer
Eddie Cooley Songwriter
John Davenport Songwriter
Gary Fettis Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Richard A. Harris Editor
Steven Kampmann Screenwriter
Ken Kolb Screenwriter
Tom Mack Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Eddie Marks Costumes/Costume Designer
Vern Porter Screenwriter
Sean Stein Screenwriter
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Charles Walters Stunts
Gordon A. Webb Co-producer
Cliff Wenger Special Effects
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Almost Forgotten Gem

    This is one of Ackroyd's best movies! He plays a mental patient who basically runs the asylum, but escapes to take a job as a radio talk-show therapist. Walter Mathau is a scene stealing nut who knows his secret (he stands in the background with a straw in a doughnut at one point and doesn't speak till the end when he announces 'If anyone wants the doughnuts without filling, they're ready.') Charles Grodin plays the therapist who Ackroyd is filling in for and upstages.

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