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Phoebe Cates stars in this bizarre comedy that wants to be the kind of stylish comic fable the likes of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and Pee-wee's Big Adventure but ends up looking like a shabby burlesque about schizophrenia. Cates is Elizabeth, who has recently separated from her philandering husband Charles (Tim Matheson) and moved back home with her harridan mother Polly (Marsha Mason). Back in her old little-girl haunts, she regresses into childhood and recalls her imaginary childhood friend Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall), a nasty, ill-tempered sociopath. As a child, Elizabeth created mayhem with her imaginary pal, but Polly locked him up tight in a jack-in-the-box. But now, Elizabeth mistakenly liberates him from the jack-in-the-box, and the newly freed Drop Dead Fred proceeds to wreak more havoc than the Id Monster from Forbidden Planet -- taking vengeance upon all the people who have made Elizabeth miserable -- and then some. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:April 19, 1991

Cast

Phoebe Cates
as Elizabeth Cronin
Rik Mayall
as Drop Dead Fred
Marsha Mason
as Polly
Tim Matheson
as Charles
Carrie Fisher
as Janie
Keith Charles
as Murray
Ron Eldard
as Mickey Bunce
Ashley Peldon
as Young Elizabeth
Daniel Gerroll
as Nigel
Bridget Fonda
as Annabelle (uncredited)
Eleanor Mondale
as Attractive Customer
Lynn Kressel
Marie Mathay
as Concerned Mom
Peter Thoemke
as Arsonist
Peter Breitmayer
as Go to Hell Herman
Daniel Buchen
as Doctor Ryland
Tom Bethke
as Graggy
Steve Cochran
as 1st Waiter
Cheryl Hawker
as Nurse
Clark Niederjohn
as Velcro Head
Michael Welker
as Waiter at Wine Gala
Robert Meyzen
as 2nd Waiter

Crew

Ate de Jong
Director
Tim Bevan
Producer
Carlos Davis
Producer
Anthony Fingleton
Producer
Paul Webster
Producer
Anthony Fingleton
Screenwriter
Carlos Davis
Screenwriter
Peter Deming
Cinematographer
Randy Edelman
Composer (Music Score)
Marshall Harvey
Editor
Mary McLaglen
Production Designer
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Rando Schmook
Art Director
Colin Tugwell
Set Designer
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