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Outrageous Fortune [VHS]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote, Robert Prosky, John Schuck
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Leslie Dixon
  • Producers: Jim Van Wyck, Martin Mickelson, Peter V. Herald, Robert W. Cort, Scott Kroopf
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

It's a very funny movie well worth watching.
WUFFMAN
I saw this movie over 15 years ago when it came out at the theater, and had a lot of fun while watching it.
Rob Darrah
Bette Midler and Shelley Long are fantastic in these roles.
Randi T. Grogan-Musante

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com on August 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A true, classic comedy, starring the loveable SHELLY LONG and award winning actress, BETTE MIDDLER. The plot is of two girls, Lauren (LONG) and Sandy (MIDDLER), who both lead completley different lifestyles but share one common bond - they both have the same boyfriend! After he mysteriously disappears in suspicious circumstances, they are determined to track the scoundrel down which plunges them into a fast, action packed, cross country adventure. The stars chemistry shines through the razor sharp, witty dialogue. Well worth obtaining on video or DVD! A CLASSIC!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By hockhamb@hotmail.com on May 13, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
What a brilliant film. It's not overly clever. It's a touch formulaic. It's even a bit silly in places (Bette Midler will NEVER pass as a man by penciling on a moustache and wearing trousers), and the fashion will make you wince.
There is something about this comedy that makes me giggle. I don't know why - is it the way Midler and Long ham it up? Is it the silly girl bonding thing? Is it the crap but hilarious jokes? The bit where Long is shot, even though it's corny, still makes me think 'Ahh...she did it' (You'll know what I mean when you watch the movie).
All in all, you'll be hard pushed to find such a silly yet brilliant film. I heartily recommend watching it, and even buying the video (if it ever becomes available).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William on September 28, 2003
Format: DVD
Released soon after the success of "Down and Out in Beverley Hills", this film saw everyone's favourite Midler teaming up with Shelly Long for one quite funny movie!
Both women are total opposites who cross paths through a highly unlikely scenario. Then its fun and games and many laughs. Yet the film lacks something, really noticeable in the second half where it just goes a bit wayward.
Still worth seeing though for the fantastic performances by Midler and Long! Worth owning on DVD despite its lack of extras.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Coyle on July 20, 2012
Format: DVD
Lauren (Shelley Long) has an Ivy League education, speaks like a proper lady, has nine years of ballet training, loves the living theatre and has ambitions to play Hamlet.

Sandy (Bette Midler) is a course, loud, unsophisticated, trash-talking, pushy, vulgar woman, who is proud of her role in the movie "Ninja Vixens".

These two women hate each other on sight and seem to have NOTHING in common, until their boyfriend (Michael) is declared dead. Lauren and Sandy both show up at the morgue at approximately the same time and discover that they've bother been sleeping with the same man.

It doesn't take long for Sandy and Lauren to discover that the body in the morgue is not Michael, and they form an uneasy alliance so that they can track Michael down.

Honorable mention goes to Frank (George Carlin) for his role as a hippie, living with an Indian tribe in New Mexico. He had some of the best lines in the movie.

When Lauren and Sandy tell Frank that they're looking for a man, Frank misunderstands and assumes that they want to have sex with him.

Lauren and Sandy then make it clear that they are looking for a very *specific* man....so that they can kill him.

Frank immediately switches gears and exclaims, "Then you'll need a witness! I saw the whole thing! It was an accident! The axe fell out of her hand!"

I loved this movie! Bette Midler, Shelley Long and George Carlin were all fantastic in their respective roles! If you haven't seen this movie already, I *highly* recommend that you see it now!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I love this movie, Bette Midler and Shelley Long are great together. They go from enemies to friends, on a crazy chase to find this guy who's in some kind of trouble, but they never guessed how much, he had gone out with both of them, and they were going to find him to make him choose which one he wanted. They find out he's a bad guy, and save the day in there own crazy way, I love this film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Wells on March 18, 2000
Format: DVD
I love this movie. It is a classic and one of my all time favorites and I was thrilled when I heard it was going to be released on DVD. The transfer is great as is the sound. My only complaint is that on the DVD package it says the Theatrical Trailer is included on the DVD. It is not. THe only menu options are scene access and audio set-up. Probably a boo-boo on the Buena Vista people. Oh well. Thats all
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "swingoutsisterguy" on May 30, 2002
Format: DVD
When my family first purchased a VCR, the first movie we started to rent was Outrageous Fortune. We rented it so many times that we wound up buying the movie. It is one of my all time favorite comedies.
Granted, there are some editing problems (the fight scene in the morgue-through the glass you see them struggling with each other while the dialog is at a calm pace), the plot seems standard (Lauren needs money-tries to trick parents-fails-yet father gives her money; running across country to find "their" man, etc.) and acting a little stiff (esp from Shelly Long). However the film is hysterical. Every so often you find something not to laugh at but those scenes pass quickly. My favorite scene is during the "drug bust" and during the "tobacco shop".
Even though they seem to act a little stiff, they pull it off. You really believe that they start out hating each other, then at the end Sandy comes to the rescue of Lauren. Apparently friendship needs to start someone, even in an audition studio.
There is nothing special about this DVD. Only the movie stands out.
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