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Directed By: David Leland Starring: Jeff Daniels

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Product Overview

Ray is a man obsessed with his own mortality.


Studio MGM
SKU 40217709
UPC 027616884411
UPC 14 00027616884411
Format DVD
Release Date 12/2/2003
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note When Ray's best friend dies in mid-joke, Ray (Jeff Daniels) is convinced that he is going next. As he rushes madly from doctor to doctor desperately looking for something to cure him of his imagined symptoms, eventually even his wife wishes he would just go ahead and die already.
David Leland
Jeff Daniels
Cast & Crew
Ann Magnuson - Actor
Jeff Daniels - Actor
Kathleen York - Actor
Melanie Mayron - Actor
Michael Tucker - Actor
Ian Wilson - Cinematographer
Adelle Lutz - Costume Designer
David Leland - Director
Lee Percy - Editor
George Harrison - Executive Producer
Carter Burwell - Musical Score
Ben Myron - Producer
Barbara Ling - Production Designer
Joe Eszterhaus - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 1004361
UPC 00027616884411
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie stars Jeff Daniels as Macklin, a suburban everyman who half believes he will never die, until his best pal drops dead in the middle of a joke. This is bad news for the pal, bad news for Daniels and bad news for us, too, because the movie makes a running gag out of the fact that we never got to hear the punch line. Since the joke is one of the oldest in the world ("Why don't Italians like barbecues?") and there can be hardly a person alive who does not know the answer ("The spaghetti drops right through the grill"), our hearts sink. If the movie hopes to entertain us with suspense about its punch line, it must have little else up its sleeve.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 4
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Hi-fi Stereo, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
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