Late for Dinner (1991)




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W.D. Richter directed this comedy-drama in the spirit of Back to the Future and Peggy Sue Got Married. The film opens in Santa Fe in 1962, where Willie (Brian Wimmer) and Joy Husband (Marcia Gay Harden) are a cute couple living in familial bliss with their five-year-old daughter. When evil land-developer Bob Freeman (Peter Gallagher) tries to turn their bliss into blight, a gun goes off and Willie flees to Los Angeles with his dim-witted brother-in-law Frank (Peter Berg), convinced he has committed murder. They run into crazed scientist Dr. Chilblains (Bo Brundin), who cryogenically freezes the fugitives. Twenty-nine years later they are defrosted, and Willie, who has only aged a day, goes back to Santa Fe with Frank to seek out his wife and daughter, discovering they have aged and gone on with their lives without him.
PG (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Brian Wimmer
as Willie Husband
Peter Berg
as Frank Lovegren
Marcia Gay Harden
as Joy Husband
Colleen Flynn
as Jessica Husband
Kyle Secor
as Leland Shakes
Michael Beach
as Dr. David Arrington
Peter Gallagher
as Bob Freeman
Cassy Friel
as Little Jessica Husband
Ross Malinger
as Little Donald Freeman
Steven Schwartz-Hartley
as Dwane Gardener
John Prosky
as Off. Tom Bostich
Bo Brundin
as Dr. Dan Chilblains
Donald Hotton
as Dr. Chris Underwood
Cassandra Rachel Friel
as Little Jessica Husband
Billy Vera
as Radio Deejay
Janeane Garofalo
as Counter Girl
Joe Paul Steuer
as Little Frank
Jeremy Roberts
as Truckdriver
Silent Bit Sam
as Waving Man
Steve Hornyak
as Man in Bathroom
Susan Bugg
as Lady with Fone in Dress
Tom Noga
as Crazy Man in Hospital
Maria Rubell
as Nurse Lilly
Emily Kuroda
as Nurse Ruth
Tim Kelleher
as Man at Catering Truck
Collett Lawson
as Woman of Kissing Couple
Ron Byron
as Man of Kissing Couple
Robert Howe
as Man at Money Machine
Drew Snyder
as Albert
Jon Paul Steuer
as Little Frank
Richard Steinmetz
as Donald Freeman
Deborah Swanson
as Antique Shopper
David Shinney
as Antique Shopper
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Critic Reviews for Late for Dinner

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Late for Dinner


I really developed a connection with is film. I think what I like about it is that it is well-acted, involves time travel (a favorite of mine), and has a heart-warming story. Everyone experiences loss in their lives and who hasn't wished they could right the wrong of losing someone? When the lead characters in this film wake up from a cryogenic freeze, they must adapt to how the world has changed but they also try to put their old lives back together, only to find that it's a complicated, emotional task. It's not a big budget film and based on reviews it may not be popular with others but it certainly satisfies for me and will always be a favorite for popcorn and a charming story.

Kurt Heiden
Kurt Heiden

A fun little movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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An interesting movie.

Leo L
Leo L

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