America's Favorite Dad In A Spirited Comedy!

On the verge of completing a major business deal, over-worked widower Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) winds up trapped between the here and the hereafter when a harrowing taxicab ride ends in the bottom of the river. Now a ghost, he must learn how to be seen and heard so that he can take care of his family in an outrageous, out-of-body comedy that co-stars Kimberly Russell, Denise Nichols, and Ian Bannen. This warm and whimsical fantasy reunites Cosby with Oscar winner Sidney Poitier, who directed him in the hit comedies "Uptown Saturday Night," "Let's Do It Again," and "A Piece of The Action." Co-written by Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson ("Short Circuit," "Tremors") and scored by Academy Award winner Henry Mancini ("Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Victor/Victoria"), this family film is so funny, it'll raise the dead!

 


Emery Collins is the CEO of Collins Limited. Collins gets mad at Elliot (Bill Cosby) for disappearing right on the verge of an important meeting. This sets up Collins on a man hunt taking along the members of the board to Elliot's house to settle an issue. Finding Elliot, Collins is set to bring the meeting to order when Elliot disappears again infuriating Collins. Elliot returns just as the meeting is closed but now Collins is enraged and will accept no excuses or apologies from him.

This is one of Barry's three smaller movie roles in 1990. He also appeared in "The Hot Spot" and in "Short Time" just prior to landing his role as Maurice Minnifield in the TV series "Northern Exposure."

     
 
 

ELLIOT: Mr. Collins?
MR. COLLINS: WHY WEREN'T YOU AT THE BANK MEETING, HOPPER? THIS MERGER IS FALLING APART! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL AFTERNOON? WE HAD NEGOTIATING COMMITTEES FROM BOTH FIRMS WAITING FOR YOU, AND YOU NEVER HAD THE COURTESY TO CALL US AND TELL US YOU WERE STANDING US UP!
ELLIOT: Mr. Collins, I can assure you--
MR. COLLINS : If you blow this deal, Hopper, do you know what I personally will do to you?

MR. COLLINS : Hello, little boy. Is your Daddy home?
ELLIOT: Ah, Mr. Collins! What a pleasant surprise! I'll be right down!
MR. COLLINS : Your secretary told me you were at home! Later on I'll ask you what you were doing at home when these busy people were waiting for you. But right now, LET'S CLOSE THIS DEAL!
ELLIOT: That's correct! Danny, why don't you show the gentlemen into the living room? I'll be right down!

MR. COLLINS : To call your recent behavior incompetent would be like calling World War II a SPAT! I COULD TEAR YOU APART WITH MY BARE HANDS!
MR. SEYMOUR: He's a little upset.
MR. COLLINS : I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU WOULD WALK OUT OF NEGOTIATIONS JUST WHEN WE ARE CLOSING THEM!
MR. SEYMOUR: I'm sure you had an excellent reason.
MR. COLLINS : If I hadn't stepped in the deal would have fallen through and I would have to kill you!
MR. SEYMOUR: But we closed the deal, so he doesn't actually have to kill you know.
MR. COLLINS : So, instead I'm going to ruin you!
MR. SEYMOUR: This is the part I was telling you about.
MR. COLLINS : You're fired!
ELLIOT: Mr. Collins--
MR. COLLINS : YOU'RE FIRED!
MR. SEYMOUR: You walked out on a meeting.
ELLIOT: No. I--I can explain.
MR. COLLINS : (Louder) YOU'RE FIRED!
ELLIOT: This is not for me, this is for my children. Their whole future depends on this, Mr. Collins. I can't lose my job now. I've served your company for 14 years. I've served you well and loyally, and that's got to count for something!
MR. COLLINS : ...You're fired...
ELLIOT: Mr. Collins...MR. COLLINS!
MR. SEYMOUR: Don't come to the banquet.

 




 

Release Date
  • June 1990.
Genre
  • Sci-Fi / Comedy.
Directed By
  • Sidney Poitier.

Executive Producers

  • Stan Robertson.

Produced By

  • Terence Nelson.

Company

  • SAH Enterprises.
  • MCA / Universal Pictures.

Running Time

  • 1 Hour 24 Minutes.

 

Main Cast

  • Bill Cosby as Elliot Hopper.

  • Kimberly Russell as Diane.

  • Denise Nicholas as Joan.

  • Ian Bannen as Sir Edith Moser.

  • Barry Corbin as Emery Collins.

  • Christine Ebersol as Carol.

  • Salim Grant as Danny.

  • Brooke Fontaine as Amanda.

  • Dakin Matthews as Mr. Seymour.

Filming Locations

  • Boise, Idaho.

  • Los Angeles, California.

  • Pasadena, California.

MPAA Rating

  • PG.

DVD Special Features

  • 2.0 Dolby Digital Surround.
  • Captioned Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
  • Scene Selections.

 


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