Critical Condition (film)

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Critical Condition
Critical condition movie poster 1987.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Ted Field
Robert W. Cort
Screenplay by Denis Hamill
John Hamill
Story by Denis Hamill
John Hamill
Alan Swyer
Starring Richard Pryor
Rachel Ticotin
Rubén Blades
Joe Mantegna
Bob Dishy
Sylvia Miles
Bob Saget
Garrett Morris
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Ralf D. Bode
Edited by Robert K. Lambert
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • January 16, 1987 (1987-01-16)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14 million
Box office $20,240,502

Critical Condition is a 1987 comedy film directed by Michael Apted, and starring Richard Pryor.


Kevin Lenahan (Pryor) is a con man who is framed in a jewel robbery. In order to escape custody, he fakes insanity, then poses as surgeon Dr. Slattery at a local hospital when he switches places with the administrator Arthur Chambers (Joe Mantegna). During a flood and a power outage that follows, Kevin takes charge of the hospital and tries to maintain some order in his unorthodox way. The helicopter used (N1099Z) a Hughes 500D (369) was contracted from Triad Medical Services, was not a medivac aircraft. The helicopter was used for executive transport. Doug Matthews, Chief Pilot for TMS, was the pilot responsible for the aircraft. Larry Kirsh was the pilot for the flying scenes.


Actor Wesley Snipes has a small role as an ambulance driver.

Randall "Tex" Cobb guest stars playing Richard Pryor's insane friend Box.

Full House and Out of Control star Dave Coulier actually performed all of the automated dialog replacement (ADR, or voice-overs) for Richard Pryor's scenes, as Pryor refused to do them himself.[citation needed]


In 2014 Alan Silvestri's score was released on a limited edition album by Quartet Records, twinned with his music for Summer Rental.


The movie received mixed to negative reviews.[1] [2] [3][4]

The film is rated M in New Zealand, "Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over."

Box office[edit]

The movie debuted at No. 1.[5] [6]



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