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Critical Condition (1987) - directed by Michael Apted and starring Richard Pryor, Rachel Ticotin, Ruben Blades, Joe Mantegna, Bob Saget, and Randall ‘Tex’ Cobb…
“Guess whose playing doctor?” A zinger Richard Pryor movie come at ya on a Tuesday night! Con man Kevin Lennihan, framed in a jewel smuggling, tries for an insanity plea, and is sent to a hospital for review, where he is confused for a doctor and takes over the hospital when a major storm hits. Awesome. Richard Pryor played dual roles as both Eddie and Dr. Slattery, and improvised practically all of his lines. Wesley Snipes appears in a super early roll as the Ambulance Driver. Funny, but this was 1 of 2 movies in this year where a criminal fakes insanity and ends up in a hospital - the other was Dan Aykroyd in The Couch Trip. Eddie Murphy turned down the lead role…which went to Pryor…so he could start development on Harlem Nights…in which he then hired his idol Richard Pryor as his lead co-star. Filmed at a medical facility in High Point, North Carolina which was renovated with the money from this movie. For some reason I just remember this “zipper” sound effect that Pryor loved, and he used it in the masturbation scene and in the scene when the patient that he wants to have sex with confesses to gonorhea…awww the 80s….
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