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Checking Out (1989)

R | | Comedy | 21 April 1989 (USA)
A successful family man, who works for an airline, becomes consumed by fear of death after his colleague and best friend dies in front of him from heart attack while telling the setup for the joke: "Why don't Italians like barbecues?"

Director:

David Leland

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Ray Macklin
Melanie Mayron ... Jenny Macklin
Michael Tucker ... Harry Lardner
Kathleen York ... Diana
Ann Magnuson ... Connie Hagen
Allan Havey ... Pat Hagen
Jo Harvey Allen ... Barbara
Ian Wolfe ... Mr. D'Amato
Billy Beck ... Father Carmody
Trudy Dochterman Trudy Dochterman ... Val (as Trudi Dochtermann)
John Durbin ... Spencer Gillinger
Adelle Lutz ... Dr. Helmsley
Felton Perry ... Dr. Duffin
Allan Rich ... Dr. Haskell
Danton Stone ... Dr. Wolfe
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Storyline

Ray is a man obsessed with his own mortality. When Ray's best friend dies of a heart attack, Ray is convinced that all of his aches and pains are an indication of his own imminent death. His life turns into a slapstick farce of health-crazed anxiety and hypochondria, until he finally learns that all he has to fear is fear itself. Written by Witrack

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Nine out of ten doctors say Ray is perfectly healthy. But what do they know? See more »

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Comedy

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Trivia

Prior to the film being shot, Director David Leland assured Joe Eszterhas that he would not change Eszterhas' script in any way. When Eszterhas saw a rough cut of the film, he was angry to discover that new subplots and characters not in the original script had been introduced. Eszterhas initially demanded that his name be taken off the film, but when Leland removed most of what Eszterhas was objecting to, the screenwriter allowed his name to be put back on. See more »

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END OF THE LINE
Composed and Performed by The Traveling Wilburys
Published by Ganga Publishing B.V.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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A Great Movie
19 September 2006 | by BinklesSee all my reviews

I reckon this is a great movie! Jeff Daniels is so good in it! I think the jokes are funny! him being a Hypocondriact is funny... but also as you watch you can see how hurt he is inside and you feel sorry for him. Jeff looks quite cute in this. It's got a bit of Monty python style humour in it. which is very good and enjoyable. Awesome soundtrack! containing The Traveling Wilburys and Roy Orbison, etc. and was even made by George Harrison's company "Handmade films" This movie makes you appreciate the fact that you have good health. and that you shouldn't spend your life worrying about things, when you could be living you life to the fullest. A great movie indeed! :)


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Official Sites:

Handmade Films website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Checking Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,730, 23 April 1989

Gross USA:

$30,877

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,877
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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