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Delirious (1991)




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A writer for a daytime soap opera is knocked unconscious during an accident and awakens inside the fictional world of the television show. This comedy follows the writer's efforts to make sense of this bizarre occurrence, and to manipulate the fictional world to his own ends.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence J. Cohen, Fred Freeman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


John Candy
as Jack Gable
Mariel Hemingway
as Louise/Janet
Emma Samms
as Laura/Rachel
David Rasche
as Dennis/Dr. Kirkland
Andrea Thompson
as Nurse Helen
Jerry Orbach
as Lou Sherwood
Robert Wagner
as Jack Gates
Renée Taylor
as Arlene Sherwood
Milt Oberman
as Arnie Fetterman
Mark Boone Jr.
as Cable Man
Tony Steedman
as Edward the Butler
Stephanie Segal
as TV Reporter
Mark Zuelke
as Chauffeur
Peter Bromilow
as Auctioneer
Brooke Ashley
as Cheerleader
Glenn Dixon
as Elderly Man
Fred Morsell
as Choking Man
Zach Phifer
as Attendant
Marvin Kaplan
as Typewriter Repairman
Jay Della Valle
as Ashford Falls Cable ...
Bill Wittman
as Soap Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Delirious

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

August 16, 2007
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | August 14, 2007
New Yorker
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Full Review… | October 4, 2006
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Delirious

As the title suggests, Delerious is a completely off the wall story, it?s certainly original but quite silly. Maybe worth a watch on tv, if you can?t find anything else to watch!

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

John Candy ends up in a world of his own creation in Delirious. The film follows a writer for the daytime soap opera "Beyond Our Dreams," and through happenstance he ends up getting stuck in his own show. Co-staring Mariel Hemingway, Raymond Burr, and Robert Wagner, the film has a solid cast. However, it's Candy's charisma that carries the film and sets the tone. Still, the writing's rather smart and provides some good satire on soap operas while delivering over-the-top comedy that works really well. But as good as the humor is, it all sort fizzles out in the last act. Delirious has its problems, but it's also a lot of fun and is full of laughs.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


I wouldn't rate this as Candy's best comedy, but it is entertaining nonetheless. His portrayal of a writer deeply involved with his characters on an emotional level really lends credence to what he does once he can interact with them personally.

There are running gags throughout that will definitely make you chuckle- such as needing to wait for the cable guy because you have "Bars on 2 & 7" or "Oh no, you're going to give me a brain tumor!" (in regards to how melodramatic soaps are). Blake Hedison's upped dosage of medication and results really are enough to make your cringe. And my personal favorite- John Candy's reaction to Robert Wagner- priceless!

The writing is clever (again, keeping inside jokes), and the stabs at the soap industry are ones any one has made a thousand times but it is done with such earnest exaggeration that it does not get stale.

This is more of a causal comedy than a gut buster but I do not think it should not be missed by any John Candy fan.

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