Checking Out

Checking Out

Director: David Leland Cast: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Mayron, Michael Tucker

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Jeff Daniels stars in this tedious situation comedy concerning the middle-aged terror of illness and mortality. Scripted by Joe Eszterhas, Daniels plays Southern Californian Ray Macklin, who thinks he will live forever but realizes the fallacy of his idea when his best friend drops dead in front of him after issuing the set-up to the old joke, "Why don't Italians like barbecues?" (Which begs the question, "Why can't Joe Eszterhas write funny scripts?" The answer: "He did. Showgirls.") Anyway, after that shock trauma, Macklin becomes convinced that he is set to suffer the same fate and, as a result, becomes a raving hypochondriac. As Macklin continually clutches his chest and checks his heart monitor, he sinks himself deeper and deeper into the mindset that he is doomed, even though his tests turn out fine. All of this comes to a head in a bizarre dream sequence in which Macklin imagines Heaven as a Hawaiian resort populated by extras from a Federico Fellini picture. At that point, he wills himself to return to consciousness after surgery to remove his appendix.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/2003
UPC: 0027616884411
Original Release: 1989
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Daniels Ray Macklin
Melanie Mayron Jenny Macklin
Michael Tucker Harry Lardener
Kathleen York Diana
Allan Havey Pat Hagen
Ann Magnuson Connie Hagen
Jo Harvey Allen Barbara
Felton Perry Dr. Duffin
Ian Wolfe Mr. D'Amato
John Durbin Spencer Gittinger
Dean Abston Security Guard
Beth Barish Heaven Singer
Billy Beck Fr. Carmody
John Cherrod Coffin Truck Driver
Trudi Dochtermann Val
Martin Doyne Surgeon
Neal Fugate Heaven Singer
Joe Gosha Andrews
Robert Goyette Doctor
Matthew Hurley Joey Macklin
Janet Jeffries Heaven Singer
Adam Karwowsky Heaven Singer
William Kerr Policeman
Doug Koth Workman
Dan Leegant Drunk
Mark Lowenthal Phillips
Adelle Lutz Dr. Helmsley
Ruth Manning Dr. Duffin's Receptionist
Kevin Mockrin Young Pat
Lydia Nielson Mrs. Feldman
Randy Pelish Spencer's Driver
Allan Rich Dr. Haskell
Courtney Sonne Mo Macklin
Danton Stone Dr. Wolfe
Stephen Tobolowsky Pharmacist
Kirsten Trucksess Stewardess
Joe Unger Joe
Andrea Walker Heaven Singer
Benjamin Wendel Young Ray
Denis Wisner Denis Hagen
Jimi Wisner Pat Hagen, Jr.
David Byrne Barkeeper

Technical Credits
David Leland Director
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Joe Eszterhas Screenwriter
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
George Harrison Executive Producer
Richard Hoover Art Director
Robbie Knott Special Effects
Elisabeth Leustig Casting
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Adelle Lutz Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Lykins Stunts
Ben Myron Co-producer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Lee Percy Editor
Garth Thomas Co-producer
Ian Wilson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/ "It's Alright" [4:33]
2. He Died Laughing [6:05]
3. A Bad Dream [6:14]
4. Stress Tests [2:40]
5. "I Need Your Support" [6:10]
6. A Funny Funeral [7:39]
7. Getting Shrunk [9:13]
8. Reading Trash [4:20]
9. A New Man [6:13]
10. Monitoring Your Heart [3:41]
11. "Failing Libido" [9:28]
12. "Only the Lonely" [3:41]
13. Caught in the Act [5:15]
14. "You're Checking Out!" [6:58]
15. Heaven in Dixieland [7:21]
16. "Alive & Well"/ Credits [5:15]

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