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Delirious (1991)

John Candy , Mariel Hemingway , Tom Mankiewicz  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, Raymond Burr, Dylan Baker
  • Directors: Tom Mankiewicz
  • Writers: Fred Freeman, Lawrence J. Cohen
  • Producers: Ann Ford Stevens, Doug Claybourne, Fred Freeman, Jill Simpson, Lawrence J. Cohen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V9HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Delirious" on IMDb

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Writer Jack Gable's (John Candy) soap opera has it all: deceit, trickery, sex, sex and more sex...and that's just behind the scenes! Candy (Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Splash) is hilarious in this laugh-a-minute daytime serial spoof that co-stars Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan), Emma Samms ("Dynasty"), Raymond Burr ("Perry Mason") and David Rasche ("Nurses"). When Jack clumsily bumps his head, he wakes up in the small town of Ashford Falls, the setting of his popular soap opera. But what begins as a nightmarish scenario turns into the opportunity of a lifetime as Jack finds he can control the events around him...by writing them! With typewriter at hand, Jack attempts to win the love of the show's beautiful "bad girl" (Samms), but while scripting his destiny with her, he keeps running intoliterallyan accident-prone "good girl" (Hemingway). Will he be able to win the coveted woman of his dreams? Will he win the coveted Daytime Emmy? Only one thing's for certain: His attempts to write his own ticket will leave you laughing Deliriously!

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Movie September 13, 2002
By Linda
Format:VHS Tape
This is the most hilarious movie,with John CAndy stuck inside a terrible soap opera!!HE can control events and turn himself into a hero by using his magic typewriter.It is sooooo funny,the characters are idiots,like the doctor who keeps yelling,"I..am a...medical..DOCTOR!!!',and the man whos being poisoned and his hair comes out and then he wipes his finger over his eyebrow and it comes off in his hand and then his teeth fall into the sink and then he tries to shoot his sister,who is poisoning him,only it isn't really his sister because she was swapped at birth so he accidentally shoots his real sister,and he cant talk properly anymore and so he says,"Ah,shthit." LOLOL.My mum is grossed out by the man who is losing his bits so she taped over the movie once.I love it!!!Its soooo funny!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Comedy. February 22, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
John Candy was one of the true greats of modern comedy. Unfortunately, he spent most of his career performing in poorly written movies which did not allow him to display his comic genius. DELIRIOUS doesn't fit that bill, however, neither does it achieve the heights that it could have.
In DELIRIOUS, Candy plays a soap opera writer/producer of the hottest show on televsion. He finds himself constantly battling the other producers who always want to revamp the show and quite frankly would like to get rid of him. While driving in the country for a weekend vacation, Candy is in a car accident and awakens to find himself in a real version of the fictional town he helped create on his soap.
The movie is a lot of fun and toys with an interesting idea. However, much more could have been done with the "life in a soap opera" concept to have capitalized upon Candy's talent. The movie has an impressive cast including Mariel Hemingway, Robert Wagner, and Raymond Burr.
Overall a charming little movie that's a lot of fun. Great for an evening of escapist delight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Candiavellian Romp May 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have to admit that good writing or not this is one of my favorite escape movies and I wish it would come out in DVD. My liking it has something to do with John's use of the typewriter and his ability to change the direction of the characters through the machine. Once he damages the typewriter he needs to make a technical sevice call to get it going again. You can't beat that. We even get to see a perplexed Robert Wagner and the rest of a great cast.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the John Candy Triple Feature instead January 27, 2011
Format:DVD
This is a great and very funny Jon Candy film, but it's expensive to buy because it's been out of print for some time. It was quietly re-issued as part of The John Candy Triple Feature at the end of 2010 along with Canadian Bacon and Spaceballs. Even if you have or don't want those, it's still cheaper than buying an out of print copy of Delirious by itself! Now if they could just get around to doing a nice re-issue of my favorite John Candy film besides Planes, Only the Lonely.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Candy's better flicks March 11, 2005
Format:DVD
When I first saw this movie I was a little too young to grasp what was going on. I later rediscovered it on DVD, and thoroughly enjoyed it!

If you've ever awakened and found yourself in a Lucid Dream, then you'll have some kind of idea what you're in for when seeing this movie. Imagine awaking to find yourself on the set of the soap opera that you write for, only it's not a set, it's become REAL! And imagine being able to use your typewrite to write anything into existance! Need a taxi? Write one approachers your house, and go outside to get in.

A wonderful fantasy! Now if I can just get these black bars off my tv, on channels 2 and 7! And if you're looking for an italian version of this, just do a little research for a movie titled "Fuori Di Testa." The Italian dubs are great! :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent John Candy Flick! September 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a truly great movie! I am a very critical person and one who believes that nothing is perfect, but I loved nearly everything about this movie! It's a well-written and enjoyable film from the late, great John Candy and it also features a great cast of Mariel Hemingway, Emma Samms, Raymond Burr and Charles Rocket. It is a very well cast movie. The one thing I wasn't so thrilled about in this movie was the ending. It was a bit of an obvious ending for any film, although a heart-warming one at that...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unwatchable August 23, 2013
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I tried. I like Tom Mankiewicz. I loved John Candy. I wanted this to be a funny movie and thought it would be. Candy has never worked harder trying to make a totally unfunny script charming, but he fails because no one could, even if he were more adept a comic actor than Candy was, and someone better would be hard to find. Everything is heavy handed and after twenty-five minutes of depression over this terrible failure, I left the movie and started reading Mankiewicz book (autobiography) and forgive him. For the rest of you, buy the book and leave out the movie. He remarks he never understood why it failed. Perhaps he finished it and never watched it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful March 27, 2013
By xenofan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie wasn't quite what I was expecting. Although I was expecting a movie set in a soap-opera type world, what I wasn't expecting was for the movie to be like one. It was awful and silly and very boring. I did not like the characters or the conflicts. I did smile a few times at some of the jokes, but mostly I thought it was boring and unfunny. I would not recommend this movie and would not want to watch it again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, worth the watch
Like most John Candy movies, this one is well worth the watch. Light, fun and funny. We really enjoyed the movie.
Published 1 month ago by M. Heile
1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of time and money!
I'm a huge John Candy fan but even I could not stomach this horrible movie! It was absolutely stupid and a waste of time. Don't spend your money!!
Published 2 months ago by homeschoolmom2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I think this is a hilarious movie for anyone alive or not in a coma. Highly remend comedy lovers watch it
Published 3 months ago by mark k
4.0 out of 5 stars They dont make them like this anymore
Classic 80's corny movie but overall a fun and entertaining film. John Candy has always been a favorite for goofy films like these.
Published 5 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Imitates Art Because of Scripting
"Delirious" is a comedy type movie that stars the late John Candy as writer Jack Gable. Gable is able to creatively manipulate his reality with just the act of scripting his... Read more
Published 7 months ago by marriedutopianstriver
5.0 out of 5 stars I love John Candy and feel this is one of his best
This is such a good example of John Candy's goofiness. I enjoyed the story line, though of course you wouldn't want to take it seriously. Seriously? John Candy! Seriously?
Published 13 months ago by R. Wahl
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL
Great movie. John Candy rules! I'm a man of few words and this word requirement is killing me. Thanks! Word
Published 13 months ago by Zac Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great movie .... it brings back memories of those good old John Candy movies from the 80's and some big hair
Published 15 months ago by Michael E. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
John Candy always delivers, and this is no exception. Very funny movie, timeless classic. It will be watched often at our house. :)
Published 15 months ago by Ruth W Yamasaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a fantastic movie. A bit old, but great comedic moments. This is John Candy at his best and it is a laugh riot.
Published 15 months ago by Lynne S.
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