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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

Cast

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

Crew

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