Critical Condition (1987)





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The late, great Richard Pryor stars in this farcical comedy about a small-time businessman who feigns insanity to get out of prison, and poses as a doctor during a hospital blackout. Eddie (Pryor) was on the path to success when he made the mistake of dealing with a loan shark. Now, the judge is about to toss him in prison and throw away the key. When Eddie plays the crazy card, the guards transfer him to the psychiatric ward at a Staten Island hospital. Later, a hurricane plunges the hospital into darkness, and Eddie poses as a doctor to make his escape. But his ruse works to well, and before Eddie can leave he is swept into the E.R. There, a series of comic miscommunications leave Eddie in charge if the entire hospital. Now as the patients flood in, Eddie must maintain the act until he can make a clean getaway. Bob Saget, Garrett Morris, Joe Mantegna, and Rachel Ticotin co-star.
Comedy , Documentary
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Richard Pryor
as Eddie Lenahan/Dr. Kevin Slattery
Joe Mantegna
as Chambers
Bob Dishy
as Dr. Foster
Sylvia Miles
as Maggie
Bob Saget
as Dr. Joffe
Garrett Morris
as Helicopter Junkie
Joe Ragno
as Palazzi
Jon Polito
as Kline
Brian Tarantina
as Tommy Pinto
Jude Ciccolella
as Jack Kinney
Joe Aufiery
as Prosecutor
Randell Haynes
as Jackson
Al White
as Reggie
Lou Walker
as Patient with Leg Cast
Denis Hamill
as Maintenance Man
Ralf Bode
as Judge
Miriam Cruz
as Hispanic Woman
Wesley Snipes
as Ambulance Driver
Kevin Campbell
as Psycho Patient
Jack Hallett
as Psycho Nurse
Feiga Martinez
as E.R. Nurse
Elizabeth Arlen
as E.R. Nurse
Steve Boles
as Guard
Jeffrey Pillars
as Correction Officer
Laura Bastianelli
as Porno Shop Cop
Lee Lawrence
as Porno Shop Cop
Raymond Rosario
as Boy in Waiting Room
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May 20, 2003
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Signature crassness serves no purpose in weak '80s comedy.

Full Review… | August 16, 2016
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June 29, 2005

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Critical Condition

This movie has one of the worst-sounding plots I've ever heard, but it actually wasn't that bad. I thought Bob Saget's performance was probably one of the highlights, along with Tex Cobb as a mental patient who believes he's black.

Jeff Bachman
Jeff Bachman

This feels like a Richard Pryor movie that came from a alternate (thoughly pretty much the same) dimension where Richard Pryor is pretty much the same as in our dimension and he made Critical Condition.

Matthew Littlefield
Matthew Littlefield

OMG I forgot all about this one. Pryor went through a phase of doing some absolutely brilliant movies and this one doesnt dissapoint.

Barry Lappin
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