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Drop Dead Fred [DVD] [1991]

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  • Actors: Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Tim Matheson, Carrie Fisher
  • Directors: Ate de Jong
  • Writers: Anthony Fingleton, Carlos Davis, Elizabeth Livingston
  • Producers: Anthony Fingleton, Carlos Davis, Paul Webster, Tim Bevan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000260NTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,271 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Her marriage on the rocks, Lizzie Cronin (Phoebe Cates) is forced to return to her domineering mother. In desperation, Lizzie calls upon Fred (Rik Mayall), the imaginary friend of her childhood, to help her through this difficult period. But Fred proves to be more hindrance than help - the effects of his actions are far from imaginary and Lizzie must take the blame.

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This not-quite-black comedy was probably a laugh riot on paper. The translation almost works, but the execution is flawed. Phoebe Cates is a recently separated young woman who suddenly begins to see her supposedly imagined childhood friend (the titular Drop Dead Fred) after moving back into her mother's home. Is he a manifestation of her secret desires to ditch the boorish spouse? Or was he real all along? Rik Mayall is a limber, carrot-topped comic with the lamentable assignment of trying to make us laugh with vulgar, sophomoric trickery. He is supposedly the repository of Cates's fastidious repression but is more annoying than cathartic. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
This has been my favourite film for as long as i could remember! It's a definate must-see for anyone of any age; it's a truly inspirational film about facing your fears, of course mixed with amazing humour that will have you in stitches for hours! I really do think you should watch this film, it's just too good to miss!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Cat on 7 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie when I was about seven years old, and the only thing that I could remember was Fred's shoes lying in the street after he's been run over by a fire engine.
Fortunately, I got the video a few years later (and wore it out...I had to buy the DVD yesterday!) and totally fell in love with it.
Drop Dead Fred may not be a "typical" kids movie...But would you expect that with the genius Rik Mayall playing Fred?
This is a sweet, funny, and...Yeah okay, I'll say it...Heartwarming movie that you can watch again and again and get something else from it each time. Anyone who thinks Rik can't act, look at his last scene with Lizzie.
I still cry to this day ^_~
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MadelineJ on 22 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Drop dead fred is an absolutly fantastic film. I can't even remember how i heard about it - i was born a year after it was even released - but whatever it was that sparked an interest only happened recently. I read lots of reveiws without having seen more than half anf hour of the film and found them all to be dissapointing, all pointing out the flaws and negatives - which, having bought it and now looking back, i cant seem to find in this film.

The hilarious portrayal of Fred by Rik Mayall was fantastic - both brilliantly funny and also amazingly touching when it's needed. Pheobe Cates hits the character of Lizzie perfectly and just brings the tone of the film into something great. And you really have to have a respect for any actor who can keep a straight face when Rik Mayall is hopping about infront of them :o)

I do have something...not a problem...but perhaps a hinderance, i have spotted with this film. You have to have some sort of connecion with being a child...you have to be able to embrace how fun this film is and too many people, it seems, are so focused on how things should be and how things are in their reality that they cant just let go and love the humour and love in this film! I feel that even though the reception of this film seemed to bomb, for anyone who felt it as it was supposed to have been seen they will always hold thias film dear to them.

If you are a fan of Rik, if you like to laugh or if you think you still have the spark left that is echoed in this film then you NEED to see it! And if you dont you should see it anyway and it might help bring it back. There is a very good chance you'll end up falling in love with this film just as i have.x
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 24 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
When Elizabeth (played by Phoebe Cates) finds her marriage to a manipulative, two-timing husband (Tim Matheson) on the rocks, to her chagrin, her mother moves her back home and takes control of her life. But then she makes a strange discovery, in the back of her old closet is her old jack-in-the-box, covered in the tape her mother had put there to lock in her imaginary friend, Drop Dead Fred. Opening the tape, who should pop out? Not jack, but Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall)!
Fred is stark raving mad, and out to cause as much mayhem as possible, but no one can see him but Elizabeth, so who still gets the blame after all these years? But Fred is back, because Elizabeth is terribly unhappy. In his own weird and wacky way, he is out to set Elizabeth on the right track, and everyone needs a friend.
This is a very funny movie, an uproariously hilarious movie! Rik Mayall (Rick from The Young Ones) does a great job of taking Fred over the top, and off to the outer reaches of wackiness. His gross humor (lots of doggy-do, nose-picking, hits to the head, and so forth) may turn some off, but is sure to please any connoisseur of craziness.
Now, is this a family-friendly movie? Well, not exactly, there are some off-color remarks and adult innuendo, but not much. The big problem is that there is one scene where you see a naked man from behind. But, other than that it is pretty good. I showed it to my kids, and they loved it. I liked that it also had a lesson of finding happiness inside yourself.
So, as for my family and I, we loved this movie, and highly recommend it to you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 April 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Drop Dead Fred is a b-grade comedy that will have even the grannies wetting their knickers! Rik Mayall is in fine form playing Drop Dead Fred who relies on insults and destruction (including shaving cats, "painting" Grandma Bunce, making sweaters stripy and killing Mr Poo)to ensure his pal Elizabeth is happy so he can get back home..but Lizzy isn't happy cos her "stupid ugly fat grown up husband" has left her and she's all alone...so Fred does everything he can to get Charles back...but will this make Lizzy happy? Sure the film has it's flaws and sure you can see the boom microphones hanging over head in some shots but forget all that and indulge in the funniest "kids" film in years! Drop Dead Fred is classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The best English Actor ever, from 'Bottom' to this or this to 'Bottom' whatever came first, its just so funny, you will kill yourself at Rik Mayall, he is so funny.
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