John Candy
Director: Tom Mankiewicz Cast: John Candy
John Candy
, Mariel Hemingway
Mariel Hemingway
, Emma Samms
Emma Samms
Tom Mankiewicz


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John Candy plays Jack Gable, a soap-opera writer who finds himself trapped inside his own television program with a magic typewriter in this toothless comedy. Jack finds himself embroiled in protecting his beloved Laura (Emma Samms), an actress who plays Rachel Hedison in Jack's show -- "Beyond Our Dreams" -- from having her character being killed off by the program's producers, the Sherwoods (Jerry Orbach, Renee Taylor). Laura has recently broken off with her co-star and lover Dennis (David Rasche) and is heading off for a weekend with Jack. As Jack unloads Laura's luggage, he conks himself on the head and knocks himself out. He awakens in a town bearing a name similar to the town in his soap opera. Dennis is on hand, but as his character in the show -- Dr. Paul Kirkland. Jack realizes that he has found himself in an alternative world made up of his soap opera world -- particularly apparent when he is recognized as Jack Gates, "the Wolf of Wall Street." Jack then meets Laura, who, in this soap opera world, is actually Janet Dubois, the daughter of a late biochemist who invented a pill that allows anyone to eat whatever they want and not gain any weight. The unscrupulous Hedison family (Raymond Burr, Charles Rocket, Dylan Baker) want to steal the formula for the pill and make a fortune for their pharmaceutical company. Jack then discovers that he can exit and re-enter the show at will and can alter the narrative of the show however he wants by typing up new plot points on his typewriter. In order to save Laura's character from the Sherwoods, Jack re-writes the show to save Janet by having his own character come to her rescue at the last minute.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/02/2016
UPC: 0738329200572
Original Release: 1991
Rating: PG
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 7,686

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Candy Jack Gable
Mariel Hemingway Janet Dubois,Louise
Emma Samms Rachel Hedison/Laura Claybourne
Raymond Burr Carter Hedison
Dylan Baker Blake Hedison
Robert Wagner Jack Gates
David Rasche Dr. Paul Kirkland--Dennis
Charles Rocket Ty
Andrea Thompson Nurse Helen Caldwell
Zach Grenier Mickey
Jerry Orbach Lou Sherwood
Renee Taylor Arlene Sherwood
Milt Oberman Fetterman
Mark Boone Cable Man
Tony Steedman Edward the Butler
John Michael Bolger Len
Rita Gomez Marge
Stephanie Segal TV Reporter
Mark Zuelke Chauffeur
Dick Durock Riley
Anthony Schmidt Mason
Murray Rubin Manny
Peter Bromilow Auctioneer
Patrick Bristow Bellboy
Jason Ross-Azikiwe Manu
Brooke Ashley Cheerleader
Glenn Dixon Elderly Man
Paul Tuerpé Waiter
Fred Morsell Choking Man
Zack Phifer Attendant
Susan Isaacs Marie
Marvin Kaplan Typewriter Repairman
Elaine Swayneson Secretary
Jay Della Ashford Falls Cable Man
Michael Caldwell Busboy
Bill Wittman Soap Announcer

Technical Credits
Tom Mankiewicz Director
Doug Claybourne Producer
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence J. Cohen Producer,Screenwriter
Larry Cohen Producer
Richard Donner Producer
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer
Fred Freeman Producer,Screenwriter
William D. Gordean Editor
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
Tina Hirsch Editor
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
James Murakami Art Director
Lauren Ploissi Set Decoration/Design
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
John J. Smith Production Manager
Robert M. Stevens Cinematographer
Annie Stevens Producer
Dianne I. Wager Set Decoration/Design

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