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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 Tim Burton' and Tim Burton' 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 Rik Mayall -- taking vengeance upon all the people who have made Elizabeth miserable -- and then some. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:April 19, 1991


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


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