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Checking Out (1989)

Director: David Leland     Starring: Jeff Daniels
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40217709
UPC: 027616884411
UPC 14: 00027616884411
Category Keywords: Doctors  Illness  Mishaps  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Nine out of ten doctors say Ray is perfectly healthy. But what do they know?
Ray is a man obsessed with his own mortality.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Hi-fi Stereo, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/2/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1004361
Video UPC UPC: 00027616884411
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ann Magnuson
Video Cast Info Jeff Daniels
Video Cast Info Kathleen York
Video Cast Info Melanie Mayron
Video Cast Info Michael Tucker
Video Cast Info Ian Wilson - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Adelle Lutz - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info David Leland - Director
Video Cast Info Lee Percy - Editor
Video Cast Info George Harrison - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Carter Burwell - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ben Myron - Producer
Video Cast Info Barbara Ling - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Joe Eszterhaus - Writer

Professional Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times 4 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert
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