Out on a Limb (1992)





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A man trying to help out his sister finds himself chin-deep in hot water in this screwball comedy. Yuppie businessman Bill Campbell (Matthew Broderick) is close to sealing a $140 million business deal when he gets a phone call from his little sister Marci (Courtney Peldon), who is convinced that her new stepfather, Peter Van Der Haven (Jeffrey Jones), the mayor of the city of Buzzsaw, California, is up to no good. Though understandably wary, Bill heads to Buzzsaw, where he promptly loses his paperwork on the deal in progress and is confronted by the city's remarkable collection of eccentrics, including the crazed fugitive Sally (Heidi Kling), the subnormal Jim Jr. and Jim Sr. (John C. Reilly and Michael Monks), and Ann (Marian Mercer), the mayor's loopy wife. It turns out that Marci wasn't entirely wrong; year's ago, Peter's diabolical twin brother Matt (also played by Jones) was sent to jail in his brother's place on criminal charges, and now Matt has violent revenge on his mind. Out on a Limb features an original score by noted composer and arranger Van Dyke Parks.
Comedy , Documentary , Special Interest
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Matthew Broderick
as Bill Campbell
Jeffrey Jones
as Matt/Peter
Heidi Kling
as Sally
John C. Reilly
as Jim Jr.
Larry Hankin
as Darren
David Margulies
as Buchenwald
Michael Monks
as Jim Sr.
Andy Kossin
as Larry
Mickey Jones
as Virgil
Carolyn DuLucia
as Woman on Street
Nancy Lenehan
as Miss Clayton
Ben Diskin
as Henry
Bethany Richards
as Priscilla
Richard Allison
as 1st Twin
Paul Allison
as 2nd Twin
Lou DiMaggio
as Analyst
John Posey
as 1st Analyst
Darrell Kunitomi
as 2nd Analyst
Robert Burr
as Travis
Danny Kovacs
as Mechanic
Marsha Mercant
as Woman in 1st Bank
Susan Brill
as Woman in 2nd Bank
Eve Child
as Woman in 3rd Bank
Tom McGraw
as Man in Bank
Michael Halton
as Utility Truck Driver
Vivian Steindal
as 1st Girl
Paul Hogue
as Little Boy
Elisebeth Hogue
as Little Girl
Carolyn DeLucia
as Woman on Street
Johnny Vega
as Highway Patrolman
Beth Richards
as Priscilla
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Critic Reviews for Out on a Limb

All Critics (3)

A seriously unfunny comedy full of actors who've been really funny ... elsewhere.

April 2, 2005

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July 12, 2005

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Full Review… | July 22, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Out on a Limb

This will no doubt be a guilty pleasure of mine. The cast makes this movie worth it for me. It's silly all in all but I truly don't mind the silliness. I'd watch this anytime it comes on TV. Also had a nostalgia trip because I used to see this VHS box cover all the time at the video store but never saw the movie until now.

Robert Alley
Robert Alley

Francis Veber's another criative screenplay. But not so good and totally unfunny.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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L.O.V.E IT!!! It's hilarious, when i has to be...good for people who have nothing better to do, but watch this...

J.C. Hamptoon
J.C. Hamptoon

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