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Critical Condition

4.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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After faking insanity to avoid jail a con man poses as a hospital doctor in the chaos of a power failure. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 02/13/2007 Starring: Richard Pryor Sylvia Miles Run time: 100 minutes Rating: R Director: Michael Apted

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The symptoms: acute tickling of the funny bone and severe belly laughs. The diagnosis? Richard Pryor in "Critical Condition." Playing criminal who fakes insanity to avoid prison, Pryor ends up in a hospital mental ward. That's when the craziness starts as he escapes during a blackout and disguises himself as a doctor. Somehow Pryor brings order to Chaos even while performing unorthodox physical examinations, delivering a baby and using a helicopter for air conditioning!

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  • Actors: Richard Pryor, Rachel Ticotin, Rubén Blades, Maria Cardinale, Joe Mantegna
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Alan Swyer, David Isaacs, Denis Hamill, John Hamill, Ken Levine
  • Producers: Bob Larson, Eric Lerner
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228EG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Critical Condition" on IMDb

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Pryor is excellent in this classic from the 80's.

Richard plays a guy who is a pawn in setting up a criminal, in New York. The criminals go to prison, along with Pryor, and they swear that he'll be a dead man when he's there in prison. So he does the only thing he can do to prevent himself from going to prison, at this point: pretend that he's crazy.

He is admitted to a psycho ward at a hospital, and is just about to be released to go to prison, failing in convincing them that's he's crazy. But problems occur in the ward, and the lead administrator at the hospital is held hostage. And Pryor can't escape the hospital due to horrible flooding, brought on by a storm, so he has to stay there. And wouldn't you know it, he has to pretend that he's a doctor now.

This movie has it's funny moments, I tell ya. But some serious ones too, concerning the bad conditions at the hospital.
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I feel a special love for this film since it was filmed in the old hospital where I live before they tore it down to build a new one. And my dad was one of the extras in the movie too. He played one of the psych patients in the basement! So I always get a kick out of hearing my dad's stories about playing dominos with Bob Saget and Rich (as my dad called him)Pryor on filming breaks.

This is not Pryor's best film, but this film is chock full of characters that keep you laughing all the way. Pryor is going to be missed! He was a comedic icon. 12-10-2005
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Did Richard have an obligation just to finish a film for the studio. Personally, I think Richard Pryor's talents were never fully used in film. Check him out in Harlem Nights. The man could be the embodiment of Cool. If they only knew.
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I watched this movie back when I was a kid and thought it was funny and watching it as an adult it is still a classic comedy.
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If you love to laugh like I do and love a good movie, then this is the movie for you. It is great as Richard Pryor play a pretend crazyhead and ends up in a mental ward. Watch as he tries to get the heck out of this situation. Wesley Snpes plays as the Ambulance Driver with good lines to say. Laugh your way all the way through this Movie.
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If you are a Richard Pryor fan or in the mood for comedy, you will probably like this movie. Richard Pryor died in 2005, much too young.
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By The One on November 17, 2013
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Classic old Pryor comedy in rare form. Hard to find movies of like these anymore. Luckily it made it to the digital format.
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By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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This is one of Pryors best movies ever. As a con artist, he tries to con his way out of trouble, but when the trouble starts he takes charge of the situation and saves the day.
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