Overboard (1987 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byGarry Marshall
Written byLeslie Dixon
Produced by
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited by
Music byAlan Silvestri
Star Partners Ltd.
Distributed byMGM/UA Distribution Co.
Release date
  • December 18, 1987 (1987-12-18)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$22 million[2]
Box office$26.7 million[1]

Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, written by Leslie Dixon, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell,[3] and produced by Roddy McDowall, who also co-stars alongside Edward Herrmann and Katherine Helmond. The film follows a demeaning, wealthy socialite who suffers from amnesia after falling from her yacht while vacationing on the Oregon coast, only to be taken in by a working-class carpenter whom she mistreated.

The film's soundtrack was composed by Alan Silvestri. Although it opened to mixed reviews and was a box-office disappointment, Overboard has become a cult film and has been remade several times. In 1992, it was adapted in the Indian film Ek Ladka Ek Ladki, in 2006, it was adapted into the South Korean television series Couple or Trouble, and in 2018 it was remade with Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez. The plot of the 1997 Malayalam film Mayaponman is loosely based on this film.


Heiress Joanna Stayton is accustomed to a wealthy life with her own yacht and fortune, along with her husband Grant Stayton III. While waiting for her yacht to be repaired in the fictional seaside town of Elk Cove, Oregon, Joanna hires local carpenter Dean Proffitt, a widower with four sons, to remodel her closet. Dean produces quality work, which she dismisses because he used oak instead of cedar, despite her not having requested this at the start.

Dean agrees to redo the closet if he is paid for the work he has already done, to no avail. The two have an argument, during which he berates her for her entitled attitude. This results in an angry Joanna throwing Dean and his tool kit into the water. That night, as the yacht sails away, Joanna goes on deck to retrieve a wedding ring, but loses her balance and falls overboard. She is later fished out of the water by a garbage scow. Now suffering from amnesia, Joanna is taken to the local hospital. Grant learns of this and heads to pick Joanna up, but after seeing her mental state, he decides otherwise. Intending to have her fortune to himself, he returns to the yacht and has parties with younger women, lying that Joanna has decided to leave him.

After seeing her story on the news, Dean seeks revenge by encouraging Joanna to work off her unpaid bill. He goes to the hospital and tells her that she is his wife Annie and the mother of his four sons. She reluctantly goes home with him and is appalled by his residence.

Joanna initially has difficulty dealing with Dean's sons and the heavy load of chores, but she soon adapts. As she masters her responsibilities, she learns about the boys' school and family issues, and that Dean is secretly working two jobs to make ends meet. She falls in love with him and starts to care about his sons. She streamlines the money problems with more efficient budgeting and convinces Dean to be a more responsible father.

Joanna makes Dean's dream come true by helping him design a miniature golf course. He also falls in love with her, but does not tell her about her real identity, fearing that she will leave. Four months later, Joanna's mother Edith learns what happened and threatens to have Grant hunted down. He is reluctantly forced to end the partying and return to Elk Cove to retrieve Joanna, whose memory is restored upon seeing him. Realizing that she was manipulated, a distraught Joanna returns with Grant to their yacht, which heads for New York.

Joanna finds her old lifestyle boring and is uncomfortable with how rude Grant and Edith treat the boat staff. She apologizes to her butler Andrew and the crew for her spiteful treatment towards them, and soon realizes how happy she was with Dean and his sons, prompting her to turn the yacht back towards Elk Cove.

The next morning, Grant finds out that Joanna has changed course and becomes insane. While taking charge of the boat, he admits to purposely abandoning Joanna and having numerous affairs with other women in her absence.

Dean and the boys arrive on a Coast Guard boat to rescue Joanna, but are called away due to a sighting of salmon poachers. She is stunned the boat is turning around, thinking Dean changed his mind. He runs to the back of the boat and calls out to Joanna. He then jumps into the water to swim to her, and she does the same. An insane Grant furiously takes aim at Joanna with a bow and arrow, only to be booted overboard by Andrew.

Dean initially believes Joanna gave up her rich life for him, but she tells him the money and the boat are hers. The two are then brought on board the Coast Guard boat, and they stand above his four sons who are making out their Christmas lists. Dean asks Joanna what he could possibly give her that she doesn't already have. She answers, "A little girl", and they kiss while the boat sails off into the sunset.



Principal photography of Overboard largely took place at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, as well as Fort Bragg and Mendocino, California,[4] with additional photography in Newport, Oregon.[5]


Box office[edit]

The film made $1.9 million in its first weekend, $2.9 million in its second (+34%), and $3.9 million in its third (+54%), totaling $26.7 million by the end of its run.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 46% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's comedic chops elevate waterlogged material, but not even their buoyant chemistry can keep Overboard's creepy concept afloat".[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.

Variety praised Hawn's performance, but called the film "an uninspiring, unsophisticated attempt at an updated screwball comedy that is brought down by plodding script and a handful of too broadly drawn characters."[8] Rita Kempley of The Washington Post called it "a deeply banal farce" with "one-dimensional characters, a good long look at her buttocks and lots of pathetic sex jokes."[9] Roger Ebert liked it; while calling it predictable, he wrote: "the things that make it special, however, are the genuine charm, wit and warm energy generated by the entire cast and director Garry Marshall."[10] The Los Angeles Times' review of it read: "The film tries to mix the two 1930s movie comedy strains: screwball romance and populist fable. But there's something nerveless and thin about it. Hawn and Russell are good, but their scenes together have a calculated spontaneity—overcute, obvious."[11]

The film has gone on to be considered a cult classic.[2][12]

Home media[edit]

CBS/Fox Video released Overboard on VHS in North America in 1988.[13] In Canada, it was among the top 10 video rentals in the country in July of that year.[13] MGM Home Entertainment first released a DVD edition of the film in 1999.[14] A Blu-ray was released by MGM in 2009.[15]

In 2021, Severin Films reissued the film on DVD and Blu-ray from a new 2K master.[16]


A reimagined film of the same name, starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, was released on May 4, 2018. The main roles are reversed from the 1987 original. Derbez portrays a wealthy man who falls off of his yacht and is found by Faris' character, a single mother who convinces him that he is her husband.[17][18]

A loose adaptation of Overboard is the 1992 Hindi film Ek Ladka Ek Ladki, directed by Vijay Sadanah and starring Salman Khan and Neelam Kothari.

The 1997 Malayalam film Mayaponman is another loose adaptation.

The 2006 South Korean television show Couple or Trouble, starring Han Ye-seul and Oh Ji-ho and directed by Kim Sang Ho, is also a loose adaptation of the film.

The 2012 Swiss film Liebe und Andere Unfälle is another loose adaptation of the film.

The 2013 Russian miniseries Wife Rented (Zhena naprokat, Жена напрокат) is also a loose adaptation of the film.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "30 Years Later: Why Overboard Needed Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell". Vanity Fair. December 25, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Revenge of the epic movie flops". London: Independent. April 12, 2010. Archived from the original on May 24, 2022. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Overboard". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Archived from the original on October 13, 2021.
  5. ^ The Oregonian Staff (May 30, 2010). "Loony for 'The Goonies'? Astoria film museum awaits". The Oregonian. Archived from the original on May 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "Overboard". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 19, 2022.
  7. ^ "Overboard Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Overboard". Variety. December 31, 1986. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  9. ^ "Overboard". Washington Post. December 16, 1987. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  10. ^ "Overboard". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  11. ^ Wilmington, Michael (December 18, 1987). "MOVIE REVIEW : Hawn Keeps 'Overboard' From Sinking". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 25, 2010.
  12. ^ McHenry, Jackson. "Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell Watched Overboard and Fell in Love Again".
  13. ^ a b "Top 10 Video Rentals". The Ottawa Citizen. July 2, 1988. p. 140 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Overboard DVD, 1999". WorldCat. Archived from the original on February 26, 2023.
  15. ^ "Overboard Blu-ray, 2009". WorldCat. Archived from the original on February 26, 2023.
  16. ^ Burnham, Jeff (August 30, 2021). "Overboard on Severin Blu-ray". Film Monthly. Archived from the original on February 26, 2023.
  17. ^ Gonzales, Umberto (March 6, 2017). "'Overboard' Remake: Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez Set to Star". The Wrap. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  18. ^ McNary, Dave (July 20, 2017). "Anna Faris-Eugenio Derbez Comedy 'Overboard' Lands April Release". Variety. Retrieved July 29, 2017.

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