Critical Condition (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Apted|
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Cinematography||Ralf D. Bode|
|Edited by||Robert K. Lambert|
Ted Field – Robert Cort Production
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Kevin Lenahan is an African-American con man who is framed in a jewel robbery. To escape custody, before he fakes insanity and then poses as surgeon Dr. Eddie Slattery at a local hospital when he switches places with the administrator Arthur Chambers. During a flood and a power outage that follows, before Kevin takes charge of the hospital and tries to maintain some order in his unorthodox way.
- Richard Pryor as Kevin Lenahan / Dr. Eddie Slattery
- Rachel Ticotin as Rachel Atwood
- Rubén Blades as Louis
- Joe Mantegna as Arthur Chambers
- Bob Dishy as Dr. Foster
- Sylvia Miles as Nurse Maggie Lesser
- Joe Dallesandro as Stucky
- Randall "Tex" Cobb as Box
- Bob Saget as Dr. Joffe
- Joseph Ragno as Palazzi
- Jon Polito as Kline
- Garrett Morris as Helicopter Junkie
- Brian Tarantina as Tommy Pinto
- Cigdem Onat as Dr. Alice Hoffman
- Ralf D. Bode as Judge
- Denis Hamill as Maintenance Men
- John Hamill as Maintenance Men
- Wesley Snipes as Ambulance Driver
The New York Times film critic Janet Maslin remarked, "No one in Critical Condition, which opens today at Loews State and other theaters, is working at top form, least of all Mr. Pryor, who looks haggard and agitated much of the time. Still, the film does have an interesting cast and an energetic tempo." The Los Angeles Times wrote that Pryor's performance "is as good as anything he's done in a non-concert movie" but "it still somehow misfires". The South Florida Sun-Sentinel called it a "misguided semicomedy" and wrote, "Judging from this lamebrained film, Richard Pryor's crown as a screen comedy king is slipping off his head." The Chicago Tribune's Dave Kehr wrote that the film "adds, with what has become a glum predictability, one more disappointing title to Richard Pryor's credits". Kehr suggested that Pryor's stage persona, more able to work off immediate audience feedback, worked better than his film persona, with which he "musters only an unctuous sweetness".
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