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  • Actors: Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote, Robert Prosky, John Schuck
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Leslie Dixon
  • Producers: Jim Van Wyck, Martin Mickelson, Peter V. Herald, Robert W. Cort, Scott Kroopf
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IMCCA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,244 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Prissy, refined Lauren (Shelley Long) thinks she has nothing at all in common with loud, brassy Sandy (Bette Midler)... until she discovers that they share the same boyfriend (Peter Coyote)! When their two-timing beau then goes missing, the unlikely duo are forced to reluctantly join forces and track him down. On the subsequent cross-country trek the women learn that complete opposites can sometimes get along after all.

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Sometimes a movie works despite all its faults. Outrageous Fortune has a flimsy, formulaic script, so-so production values and an odd combination of stars, but somehow it's engaging and fun. Shelley Long and Bette Midler play two struggling actresses--one a hoity-toity priss and the other a brassy slob--who learn they've been sleeping with the same guy (Peter Coyote) when he gets blown up in a terrorist assault and they confront each other in the morgue. When they discover that he's still alive, the bickering pair track him down, traipsing across the US in high heels, pursued all the way by government agents, using their dubious acting talents to get them out of tough situations. The absurd plot keeps things moving and director Arthur Hiller (Silver Streak, The Out of Towners) gets cheerful performances out of everyone, particularly the strong supporting cast--including Robert Prosky (Broadcast News, Mrs. Doubtfire) as a pompous acting teacher, comedian George Carlin as a burnt-out would-be Indian and the underused John Schuck (M*A*S*H, McCabe & Mrs. Miller) as a long-suffering agent. Although contrived and cliché-ridden, the film is just absurd enough to entertain. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Brown on 4 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
This is such a funny film from the 1986-7 staring the flamed head diva that is Bette Midler. It also stars the v.funny shelly long. The plot is both girls fall for the same guy and they find out he's been cheating on them and they hunt him down!!!!!!!!!!!! and there a few other little twist to it. There is so many funny line's in the film, bette is so on top form in the film trashie as ever.
Please buy it , you won't regret it
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By freespiritlou6@yahoo.co.uk on 16 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Two actresses find themselves in the same acting class.one because of her fathers money the other because she can talk her way into anything.From this you can probably guess that Bette Midler plays the bold brash character and Shelley Long plays a snob, they both think they have got what it takes to succeed in the acting bussiness.The two women who are complete opposites find that they have both been seeing the same man(Arthur Hiller).They then want him to choose between them, the only problem is that he is now on the run so they both follow getting themselves into and out of trouble at every turn.Thee they find that government agents are also on his-and theirs. By now they have learnt that their man is not the man they thought he was,after they both give him a piece of their mind they realise that along the way they have joined forces and together they save the day.This film has a lot of good lines from both Bette Midler and Shelley Long but for me Bette Midler steals the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Jones on 21 Dec. 2009
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I wasn't sure how I would like this dvd but I watched and watched and I thought brilliant casting, acting never over the top and I liked it so much I watch it at least twice a week and still enjoy it and find new things I didn't notice before. I look forward to many years of watching this DVD time after time after time - my advice to you - buy and enjoy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
You have to watch this several times to see how you are being set-up constantly from the first. Lauren intends to play Hamlet and Sandy just wants to keep her phone from being disconnected. They converge at an acting class with the famous Stanislav Korzenowski. They independently luck out and take on Michael (Peter Coyote) as a lover. After his untimely demise, Sandy and Lauren meet accidentally in the morgue. The only part of the body that is recognizable is his nether regions. Identification is no small thing. Upon closer examination they come to the conclusion that it is way too small and therefore Michael must be alive. Their searches for Michael take them to exotic locations and unique situations. Drug dealers, CIA, and KGB to name a few. Oh, and don't miss George Carlin as the tracker. All predictions become true.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david robinson on 30 April 2009
Format: DVD
This was a really action packed film with the 2 female leads bouncing off each other wonderfully. Its not what I would call hilarious but its humorous and the action is non stop and Long and Midler fighting was an all action affair. The actor who played the Indian tracker was really good and funny. A thoroughly enjoyable film.
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This is a very funny film, I believe anything with Bette Midler is good anyway but she and Shelley Long work well together. Two opposites who form an unlikely friendship when they realise that they have been dating the same man and he is not who they thought he was. There are so many memorable scenes and the build up towards the end is fantastic. It reminds me of 'Ruthless People' which also starred Bette Midler and whilst Outrageous Fortune is not as 'laugh out loud' it is still a 5 star.
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By Pappashanga on 23 Mar. 2013
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There are some good elements to this film. Shelley Long is very much her 'Diane' character and Bette Midler is her counterpart, not quite a 'Carla' but certainly what the English would call 'common'. The chemistry works, but the film is spoilt by the hackneyed CIA people and the regulation chasing around in vehicles of various sorts, which reduces a lot of this to slapstick. I did enjoy the fake Native American though.
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By Mr. P. Chimes on 25 Feb. 2015
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Lightweight, but a decent "odd couple" film. The two stars play their usual characters, but enjoy the occasional departure (drug dealers, airport and brothel), and they work well together. The faux indian scout is entertaining too. Good undemanding fun.
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