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This wacky buddy comedy was the fifth in a series of Hollywood remakes of films by French director [[Performer~P115245~Francis Veber~francisveber]], none of which were box office successes. [[Performer~P37463~Sheila Kelley~sheilakelley]] is Valerie Highsmith, an heiress who, despite her family's wealth, suffers from horribly bad luck. On a vacation to Mexico, she takes a fall, causing amnesia, then is mugged and kidnapped for ransom. When her father ([[Performer~P115914~Sam Wanamaker~samwanamaker]]) becomes frustrated with the failed attempts of a detective, Ray Campanella ([[Performer~P27278~Danny Glover~dannyglover]]) to find his daughter, he teams a very reluctant Ray with Eugene Proctor ([[Performer~P65439~Martin Short~martinshort]]), an accountant whose bumbling bad luck is even worse than Valerie's. The theory is that perhaps two such incredibly unlucky people will act like magnets, with Eugene leading Ray to Valerie's location. Although Ray finds Eugene irritating, the unlikely partners eventually begin making surprising progress in the case, despite Eugene's never-ending screw-ups and pratfalls. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:August 9, 1991


Martin Short
as Eugene Proctor
Danny Glover
as Raymond Campanella
Sheila Kelley
as Valerie Highsmith
Sam Wanamaker
as Mr. Highsmith
Scott Wilson
as Grimes
Jorge Russek
as Inspector Segura
Harry Shearer
as Monosoff
Rodrigo Puebla
as Fernando
Jorge Luke
as Pilot
Michael Puttonen
as Taxi Driver
Rolando Pimentel
as Hotel Porter
Jorge Luis Corzo
as Purse Thief
Gabriel Pingarron
as Prison Guard
Ariane Pellicer
as Girl at Club
Ruben Cristiany
as Hotel Porter
Carlos Romano
as Airport Waiter
Gerardo Moreno
as Hood
Pedro Altamirano
as Prison Guard
Flavio Castillero
as Doorman
Jesus Moreno
as Hotel Porter
Mario Arreola
as Concierge
Andaluz Russell
as Reception Manager
Malena Doria
as Nun
Rene Escandon
as Hood
Willebaldo Bucio
as Purse Thief
Jorge Zepeda
as Airport Guard
Fernando Elizondo
as Doorman
Josefina Echanove
as Nun
Arminius Arzate
as Policeman
Sammy Ortiz
as Gambler
Hector Tavares
as Policeman
Julian Bucio
as Policeman
Nicholas Jasso
as Hood
Sergio Calderon
as Night Club Bartender
Rodolfo de Alexandra
as Indian
Abel Woolrich
as Prisoner
Ana Patricia
as Woman at Restaurant
Magda Rodriguez
as Girl's Girlfriend
Pepe Olivares
as Room Service Waiter
Walter Marsh
as Airport Security Guard
Alan C. Peterson
as Large Man
Alexandra Vicencio
as Nurse
Ignacio Gomez
as Policeman
Lionel Douglass
as Man at Airport Restaurant
Patricia Gage
as Secretary
Sharlene Martin
as Nurse
Jason Robards, Jr.
Deryl Hayes
as Airport Employee


Nadia Tass
Conrad Hool
Sean Daniel
Lance Hool
Francis Veber
Herschel Weingrod
Lowell Ganz
David Mirkin
Babaloo Mandel
David Parker
Jonathan Sheffer
Composer (Music Score)
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Billy Weber
Grania Preston
Costume Designer
Joe Dunne