Dutch (1991)



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In this John Hughes film, spoiled, self-centered Doyle (Ethan Randall) is traveling home from his classy prep school to spend Thanksgiving with his mother, Natalie (JoBeth Williams), in Chicago. However, when his mother's unsophisticated boyfriend, Dutch (Ed O'Neill), arrives to ferry him home, the two develop an intense hatred of one another that they must work out on the long drive to Chicago.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
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20th Century Fox

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Ed O'Neill
as Dutch Dooley
Ari Meyers
as Brock
E.G. Daily
as Halley
L. Scott Caldwell
as Homeless Woman
Ethan Embry
as Doyle Standish
Lisa Figus
as Party Woman
Cedering Fox
as Party Woman
Shelby Leverington
as Party Woman
Billy Williams
as Man with Blaster
Ross Borden
as 2nd Man
Joe Baker
as Party Butler
Laura Brumage
as Party Guest
Will Nipper
as Teddy
Patrika Darbo
as Greasy Spoon Waitress
Ron Payne
as Greasy Spoon Cook
Tom Chatlos
as Customer at Counter
Ina Edell
as Woman at Counter
Warren Rice
as Man at Booth
Mickey Jones
as Truck Driver
Brenda Pickleman
as Motel Waitress
Billy 'Sly' Williams
as Man With Blaster
Vincent Craig Dupree
as Black Man on Bus
Jerry Darr
as White Man on Bus
V.C. Dupree
as Black Man on Bus
Keegan Connor Tracy
as Gas Station Waitress
Sam Menning
as Elderly Man
Tracy J. Connor
as Gas Station Waitress
Pat Asanti
as Watchman
Barry Doe
as Watchman
Phyllis Franklin
as Yuppie Waitress
J.C. MacKenzie
as Mike Malloy
Ann Hearn
as Riva Malloy
Gene Whittington
as Homeless Father
Jesshaye Callier
as Homeless Child
Jack Murdock
as Homeless Man
Jackie Lee Sander
as 2nd Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Dutch

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

It's all assembly-line stuff.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If a film like this is to be funny at all, it had better work when the warring principals still hate each other, before the rich boy is shown to be a sweet kid and the whole story turns to mush.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The acting is only a little more uninspired than the screenplay, which is directed without shame or flair by Peter Faiman of Crocodile Dundee.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hughes, a man more prolific than Stephen King and less inspired than Aaron Spelling, has produced yet another forgettable project. This movie shouldn't even be allowed on planes.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hughes has written, directed and/or produced so many of these films by now that perhaps we can even forgive him for beginning to repeat himself.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's not Hughes' worst comedy effort by far, but it surely is by no means his best...

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Dutch


Written by teen flick supreme John Hughes and you can tell, all the way through is that classic light hearted soft whimsical humour that is a joy to watch. Much like 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' the plot is basically a road movie with two characters that simply don't match or get along, this time a blue collar worker Ed O' Neil and a snobby spoilt rich kid Ethan Embry. O'Neil has the simple task of transporting his girl friends bratty kid from his rich school in Georgia to the family home in Chicago for Thanksgiving. As you can imagine this brings up much craziness from Ed 'Al Bundy' O' Neil as he tries to bond with the kid along the way. Sure its predictable and the humour is basic, not up to the standard of Candy and Martin, but its very sweet and heart warming as you would expect with a cracking blues/jazz/soul soundtrack. Never did well upon release probably due to the not so big names involved and the fact its not that funny to be honest also Embry is a really annoying little shit haha. More lessons in life in this road movie than 'Planes Trains' which is fine but slightly cumbersome, still has that lovely cold wintry festive feeling that Hughes always manages to create which is prefect for curling up on the couch with nothing else to do on a frosty afternoon.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


Ed is completely hilarious in this movie. I was laughing all the time. Very cute...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Great interactions between Ed O'Neill and Rusty from Vegas Vacation but the plot is somewhat lackluster, empty. John Hughes screenwriting ability was starting to fade at this point and he ventured off into primarily writing children's comedies.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

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