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The late, great Richard Pryor stars in this farcical comedy about a small-time businessman who feigns insanity to get out of prison, and poses as a doctor during a hospital blackout. Eddie (Pryor) was on the path to success when he made the mistake of dealing with a loan shark. Now, the judge is about to toss him in prison and throw away the key. When Eddie plays the crazy card, the guards transfer him to the psychiatric ward at a Staten Island hospital. Later, a hurricane plunges the hospital into darkness, and Eddie poses as a doctor to make his escape. But his ruse works to well, and before Eddie can leave he is swept into the E.R. There, a series of comic miscommunications leave Eddie in charge if the entire hospital. Now as the patients flood in, Eddie must maintain the act until he can make a clean getaway. Bob Saget, Garrett Morris, Joe Mantegna, and Rachel Ticotin co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:January 16, 1987

Cast

Richard Pryor
as Eddie/Kevin
Rachel Ticotin
as Rachel
Rubén Blades
as Louis
Joe Mantegna
as Chambers
Bob Dishy
as Dr. Foster
Sylvia Miles
as Maggie
Joe Dallesandro
as Stucky
Randall "Tex" Cobb
as Box
Bob Saget
as Dr. Joffe
Garrett Morris
as Helicopter Junkie
Margery Simkin
Joe Ragno
as Palazzi
Jon Polito
as Kline
Brian Tarantina
as Tommy Pinto
Jude Ciccolella
as Jack Kinney
Lucius Houghton
as Fido
Joe Aufiery
as Prosecutor
Kate McGregor-Stewart
as Nurse Mary
Randell Haynes
as Jackson
Al White
as Reggie
Lou Walker
as Patient with Leg Cast
Denis Hamill
as Maintenance Man
John Hamill
as Maintenance Man
Ralf Bode
as Judge
Wesley Snipes
as Ambulance Driver
Kevin Campbell
as Psycho Patient
Jack Hallett
as Psycho Nurse
Michael Medeiros
as Junkie
Elizabeth Arlen
as E.R. Nurse
Steve Boles
as Guard
Bennie Moore
as Guard
Jeffrey Pillars
as Correction Officer
Laura Bastianelli
as Porno Shop Cop
Lee Lawrence
as Porno Shop Cop
Raymond Rosario
as Boy in Waiting Room
Bennie Moore
as Guard
Elizabeth Arlen
as E.R. Nurse
Brian Tarantina
as Tommy Pinto
Kevin Campbell
as Psycho Patient
Al White
as Reggie
Denis Hamill
as Maintenance Man
Wesley Snipes
as Ambulance Driver
Ralf Bode
as Judge
Lee Lawrence
as Porno Shop Cop
Lou Walker
as Patient with Leg Cast
Michael Medeiros
as Junkie
Lucius Houghton
as Fido
Steve Boles
as Guard
Randell Haynes
as Jackson
Jon Polito
as Kline
Laura Bastianelli
as Porno Shop Cop
Kate McGregor-Stewart
as Nurse Mary
John Hamill
as Maintenance Man
Jude Ciccolella
as Jack Kinney
Jeffrey Pillars
as Correction Officer
Jack Hallett
as Psycho Nurse
Joe Aufiery
as Prosecutor
Joe Ragno
as Palazzi

Crew

Michael Apted
Director
Ted Field
Producer
Robert W. Cort
Producer
Alan Swyer
Screen Story
Lowell Ganz
Screenwriter
John Hamill
Screen Story
John Hamill
Screenwriter
Denis Hamill
Screen Story
Denis Hamill
Screenwriter
Ralf Bode
Cinematographer
Alan Silvestri
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Lambert
Editor
Eric Lerner
Associate Producer
Robert Larson
Executive Producer
George R. Nelson
Set Designer
Colleen Atwood
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Margery Simkin
Casting
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