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A big city doctor is stranded in a small rural town, where he finds love, professional challenges, and a pet pig, in this comedy. Fresh out of residence at a Washington D.C. hospital, hot-shot plastic surgeon Ben Stone (Michael J. Fox) hops in his Porsche and is headed for California, where a lucrative practice in Beverly Hills awaits. However, Ben accidentally plows into a fence in Grady, South Carolina; the wreck puts Ben's car out of commission, and the town's mayor, Nick Nicholson (David Ogden Stiers), sees to it that Ben is sentenced to perform community service while he's waiting to get his car back on the road. For a week, Ben will serve as the community's general practitioner, filling in for the aging Dr. Hogue (Barnard Hughes). Many of the locals go out of their way to make Ben feel welcome, since they need a new full-time doctor and hope he'd be interested in staying on a permanent basis. Ben isn't especially interested until he meets Lou (Julie Warner), a beautiful, intelligent, and feisty local woman he first meets as she's enjoying a morning skinny-dip. Ben now finds himself wondering what the odds are of winning her away from her less-than-brilliant boyfriend Hank (Woody Harrelson). Bridget Fonda has a memorable supporting role as Nancy Lee, who doesn't make much of a secret of her attraction to Ben. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 2, 1991


Michael J. Fox
as Ben Stone
Julie Warner
as Lou
Barnard Hughes
as Dr. Hogue
Woody Harrelson
as Hank
David Ogden Stiers
as Nick Nicholson
Bridget Fonda
as Nancy Lee
Frances Sternhagen
as Lillian
George Hamilton
as Dr. Halberstrom
Mel Winkler
as Melvin
Roberts Blossom
as Judge Evans
Tom Lacy
as Cotton
Macon McCalman
as Aubrey Draper
Raye Birk
as Simon Tidwell
Edye Byrde
as Nurse Packer
Jordan Lund
as John Crawford
Amzie Strickland
as Violet
Dan Charles
as Boy at Shooting Gallery
Eric Bechtel
as Zeb
David Dupre
as Distressed Man
Janis Bjorkland
as Girl with Spider
Billy Gillespie
as Zeb's Father
Marion Dougherty
Ted Davis
as Taxi Driver
Michael Caton-Jones
as Maitre d'
Tim Winters
as Kyle
Melanie MacQueen
as Woman with Spider
Emily Lester
as Housewife
Daniel Cerny
as Boy with Spider
Helen Martin
as Maddie
Ken Josefsberg
as Doctor
Karen Hartman-Golden
as 1st Loonie
David H. "Dutch" van Dalsem
as Man with Rash
Douglas Brush
as McClory
Owens Hill
Kirsche Smith
as Nurse
Robert Munns
as Mortimer
Kathy Poling
as Zeb's Mother
Kelly Roland
as Squash Queen
Dan Bell
as Patient
Vince Burnes
as 2nd Loonie
Roxanne Benseman
as Farm Lady
William Cowart
as Lane
Adele Malis-Morey
as Woman with Glasses
Cristi Conaway
as Receptionist
Barry Sobel
as Shulman
Michael Chapman
as Shooting Gallery Operator
Kelly Minter
as Mulready


Michael Caton-Jones
Deborah D. Johnson
Susan Solt
Neil B. Shulman
Book Author
Peter S. Seaman
Jeffrey Price
Daniel Pyne
Michael Chapman
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly
Gregg London
Robert P. Cohen
Production Designer
Neil B. Shulman
Associate Producer
Marc Merson
Executive Producer
Claudia Rebar
Set Designer
Richard Hornung
Costume Designer