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The Couch Trip (1988)

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Release Date
Jan 15, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Apr 1, 2003

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Running Time
1 hour, 37 minutes

Country USA

Studio Orion

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• The Couch Trip
• Der Couch-Trip (1988)

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Genre: Comedy, Mistaken Identity, Escape, Black Comedy, Satire, Doctor, Prison, Mental Illness, Mental Institution

Tagline: A comedy of truly loony proportions.

Plot: Based on the novel by Ken Kolb, Michael Ritchie’s comedy THE COUCH TRIP poses the theory that psychiatrists are even more screwed up than their clients. The story concerns Dr. George Maitlin (Charles Grodin), a stuffy, pretentious radio shrink who decides to take a sabbatical after his own mental breakdown. Before leaving for London, he orders the station to hire a hapless replacement so that his eventual return will be all the more welcome. When they try to get in contact with a Dr. Baird, the individual who answers the phone assumes the doctor’s identity and takes his new position behind the microphone. It turns out that the new Dr. Baird is actually an escaped mental patient, John Burns (Dan Aykroyd), a straight talker whose to-the-point advice turns him into an overnight sensation. While this is happening, Burns befriends Donald Becker (Walter Matthau), a panhandler who’s fed up with the insanity of society. Just when Burns fears that his hot streak is about to hit a snag, Becker’s disgust with the world reaches a peak, leading him to the top of the Hollywood sign, where he plans to silence himself forever. Ritchie’s film features hilarious performances from his veteran trio.

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 Directed by
Michael Ritchie
Fletch, The Golden Child, Fletch Lives
 Written by
Ken Kolb
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Getting Straight
Steven Kampmann
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Dan Aykroyd
Pearl Harbor, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Ghost Busters
Walter Matthau
Charade, Grumpy Old Men, I.Q.
Donna Dixon
Wayne's World, Spies Like Us, Doctor Detroit
Victoria Jackson
UHF, I Love You to Death, Family Business
Charles Grodin
Rosemary's Baby, Dave, Midnight Run
Richard Romanus
Mean Streets, Point of No Return, Oscar
Mary Gross
Practical Magic, A Mighty Wind, The Santa Clause
 Music By
Michel Colombier
The Money Pit, The Golden Child, Barb Wire

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