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The Couch Trip Details


Michael Ritchie's The Couch Trip follows a long line of Hollywood films (Michael Ritchie, Michael Ritchie) in which the psychos are seen as saner than the psychiatrists. Charles Grodin plays Dr. George Maitlin, a pompous radio self-help guru, who is having his own personal mental breakdown. Maitlin's lawyer puts in a call to a Cicero, IL, mental facility and the telephone is answered by schizophrenic mental patient John Burns (Dan Aykroyd). Thinking Burns is a crony of Maitlin, Burns is offered the job of replacing Maitlin during his recovery. Of course, Burns accepts the job. Immediately jetted to Los Angeles, Burns meets panhandler Donald Becker (Walter Matthau) at the airport. While wearing the garb of a priest, Becker sounds off against the madness of societal conventions; Burns takes to him immediately and they become fast friends. When Burns assumes command of the airwaves in Maitlin's place, his words of wisdom are so obvious and commonsensical that he is an overnight sensation. Meanwhile, in London, where Maitlin is convalescing, he gets wind of Burns' success. With renewed vigor and outrage, Maitlin leaves his recovery room and hops on a plane back to Los Angeles in an effort to recover his radio show. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:January 15, 1988


Dan Aykroyd
as John Burns
Walter Matthau
as Donald Becker
Charles Grodin
as Dr. George Maitlin
David Clennon
as Lawrence Baird
Donna Dixon
as Dr. Laura Rollins
Richard Romanus
as Harvey Michaels
Mary Gross
as Vera Maitlin
Arye Gross
as Perry Kovin
Victoria Jackson
as Robin
Chevy Chase
as Condom Father
Donna Mitchell
as Stewardess
Gloria Dorson
as Ida V.O.
Jan Cobler
as Woman at Party
Kenneth Danziger
as Clerk in London
Mickey Jones
as Watkins
Scott Weintraub
as Continental Agent
Tino Insana
as Jail Guard
Kevin Rooney
as Cop at Hollywood Sign
Neal Kaz
as Cop in Maitlin's Office
June Claman
as Lady at Riviera
Jack Ritchie
as Man at Baseball Game
Myrna White
as Policewoman
Michael Ensign
as Hendricks
Adrian Aron
as Woman at Party
Michael Gregory
as Security at Riviera
Don Stark
as Peterson
Benbow Ritchie
as Man at Baseball Game
John Mahon
as Police Captain
David Wohl
as Dr. Smet
Michael de Lorenzo
as Lopez
Scott Thomson
as Klevin
Robert M. Dawson
as Person at Party
Susann Benn
Corey Rand
as Airline Clerk
Rick Garcia
as Bellperson
Jean Sterling
as Woman at Baseball Game
Duane Tucker
as Guard in Squad Car
Kimmy Robertson
Linda Rae Favila
as Maitlin's Secretary
Tony Rolon
as Bellperson
Jonathan Emerson
as Hendrick's Assistant
Charles Sweigart
as Cop
Ralph Adano
as Person at Party
Carol Mansell
as Mrs. Blair
Jerry Belson
as Yuri V.O.
J.E. Freeman
as Unger
Johnny Sinclair
as Clerk in London
Charles Levin
as TV Reporter
Beverly Archer
as Mrs. Guber


Michael Ritchie
Lawrence Gordon
Will Aldis
Walter Bernstein
Vern Porter
Steven Kampmann
Jerry Belson
Sean Stein
Ken Kolb
Book Author
Ken Kolb
Donald Thorin
Michel Colombier
Composer (Music Score)
Richard A. Harris
Jimmie Bly
Production Designer
Gordon A. Webb
Tom Mack
Associate Producer
Gary Fettis
Set Designer
Eddie Marks
Costume Designer
Tom Mack
First Assistant Director
Charles Walters
Gordon A. Webb
Unit Production Manager