History Film / OutrageousFortune

8th Oct '17 7:52:28 AM Brainbin
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Released in early 1987, the film's modest success (it grossed about double its budget) probably seemed to justify to Long her then-recent decision to leave the cast of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' to pursue a full-time film career. However, it would be followed by a number of high-profile flops (starting with ''Hello Again'', released later that year) and Long wouldn't see box office success again until the ensemble film ''[[Film/TheBradyBunch The Brady Bunch Movie]]'' (she was billed second, behind Gary Cole) in 1995.

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Released in early 1987, the film's modest success (it grossed about double its budget) probably seemed to justify to Long her then-recent decision to leave the cast of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' to pursue a full-time film career. career.[[note]]She officially declined to negotiate to renew her contract on December 15, 1986; her departure from the show aired as the fifth season finale on May 7, 1987.[[/note]] However, it would be followed by a number of high-profile flops (starting with ''Hello Again'', released later that year) and Long wouldn't see box office success again until the ensemble film ''[[Film/TheBradyBunch The Brady Bunch Movie]]'' (she was billed second, behind Gary Cole) in 1995.
8th Oct '17 7:50:26 AM Brainbin
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Released in early 1987, the film's modest success (it grossed about double its budget) probably seemed to justify to Long her then-recent decision to leave the cast of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' to pursue a full-time film career. However, it would be followed by a number of high-profile flops (starting with ''Hello Again'', released later that year) and Long wouldn't see box office success again until the ensemble film ''[[Film/TheBradyBunch The Brady Bunch Movie]]'' (she was billed second, behind Gary Cole) in 1995.
12th Jun '17 6:17:47 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Michael ultimately does this when he gains the information he needs, substituting a corpse for his own in an accident that ensures the corpse is burned and not identifiable by a casual observer. (Bringing up the ignored implication that he's a murderer.) However, observers who have seen more [[ImposterForgotOneDetail (like two women he's had sex with)]] can tell the difference.]]


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* HoneyTrap: This is Michael's MO as a spy, and done to communicate with Stan without raising suspicion. (He plants a note in Lauren's notebook; during the class, Stan inspects the notebooks as per his stated teaching policy, takes the note, and plants a reply in ''Sandy's'' notebook, which Mike then recovers. As a result, the two can conduct reconnaissance without meeting in person.
4th Dec '16 5:10:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar
4th Dec '16 5:10:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ClusterFBomb: Sandy sure loves 'em--which Lauren [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]. But ironically, the most blatant example in the film is ''Lauren'' doing her "[[CowboyCop Loose Cannon]] / {{Badass}} Cop" impression.

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* ClusterFBomb: Sandy sure loves 'em--which Lauren [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]. But ironically, the most blatant example in the film is ''Lauren'' doing her "[[CowboyCop Loose Cannon]] / {{Badass}} Badass Cop" impression.
8th Jul '16 9:56:35 PM Mdumas43073
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BetteMidler and Creator/ShelleyLong star in this female buddy picture from 1987. Long plays Lauren Ames, an actress whose ambition far outweighs her success despite her many years of taking classes; Midler plays Sandy Brozinsky, a fast-talking, foul-mouthed waitress from the wrong side of the tracks who horns her way into Lauren's exclusive drama class on a lark. Unbeknown to each other, Sandy and Lauren are both seeing the same impossibly perfect man, Michael Santers (Peter Coyote). When Michael inexplicably fakes his death, Sandy and Lauren wind up joining forces to track him down. A wacky, cross-country caper ensues, and both women discover that there's a lot more to the man they love--not to mention their suspiciously homicidal Russian acting coach--than they ever imagined.

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BetteMidler Creator/BetteMidler and Creator/ShelleyLong star in this female buddy picture from 1987. 1987.

Long plays Lauren Ames, an actress whose ambition far outweighs her success despite her many years of taking classes; Midler plays Sandy Brozinsky, a fast-talking, foul-mouthed waitress from the wrong side of the tracks who horns her way into Lauren's exclusive drama class on a lark. Unbeknown to each other, Sandy and Lauren are both seeing the same impossibly perfect man, Michael Santers (Peter Coyote). When Michael inexplicably fakes his death, Sandy and Lauren wind up joining forces to track him down. A wacky, cross-country caper ensues, and both women discover that there's a lot more to the man they love--not to mention their suspiciously homicidal Russian acting coach--than they ever imagined.
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10th Feb '16 6:05:29 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ChekhovsArmory: The film is made of this. The climax, in fact, centers around pretty much everything we saw Lauren doing in her acting and ballet classes at the very beginning. Other examples: [[spoiler: Sandy ''and'' Lauren are able to get the virus from Stan at a brothel, because they remember A) what he says during orgasm and B) they know he'll fall asleep after that happens.]]; Sandy's stolen Christmas tree ornament]] comes in pretty handy.)]]

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* ChekhovsArmory: The film is made of this. The climax, in fact, centers around pretty much everything we saw Lauren doing in her acting and ballet classes at the very beginning. Other examples: [[spoiler: Sandy ''and'' Lauren are able to get the virus from Stan at a brothel, because they remember A) what he says during orgasm and B) they know he'll fall asleep after that happens.]]; happens; Sandy's stolen Christmas tree ornament]] ornament comes in pretty handy.)]]
10th Feb '16 6:04:20 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ChekhovsArmory: The film is made of this. The climax, in fact, centers around pretty much everything we saw Lauren doing in her acting and ballet classes at the very beginning. (Also, [[spoiler: Sandy's stolen Christmas tree ornament]] comes in pretty handy.)

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* ChekhovsArmory: The film is made of this. The climax, in fact, centers around pretty much everything we saw Lauren doing in her acting and ballet classes at the very beginning. (Also, Other examples: [[spoiler: Sandy ''and'' Lauren are able to get the virus from Stan at a brothel, because they remember A) what he says during orgasm and B) they know he'll fall asleep after that happens.]]; Sandy's stolen Christmas tree ornament]] comes in pretty handy.))]]
6th Feb '16 8:51:45 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Sandy once sarcastically calls out to Lauren as "Lady Di". ShelleyLong, of course, is most famous for playing ''Di''ane Chambers of ''{{Cheers}}''.

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* ShoutOut: Sandy once sarcastically calls out to Lauren as "Lady Di". ShelleyLong, of course, is most famous for playing ''Di''ane Chambers of ''{{Cheers}}''.''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
6th Feb '16 8:51:39 PM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Lauren is in many ways a "clone" of [[{{Cheers}} Diane Chambers]], except that she's also great at ballet. ([[PrecisionFStrike And Lauren's willing to curse, if the situation calls for it.]]) Especially notable in that ShelleyLong tends to try and downplay any Diane-like "quirks" when playing other characters--but in this film, she at times seems to be cranking it UpToEleven.

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* {{Expy}}: Lauren is in many ways a "clone" of [[{{Cheers}} [[Series/{{Cheers}} Diane Chambers]], except that she's also great at ballet. ([[PrecisionFStrike And Lauren's willing to curse, if the situation calls for it.]]) Especially notable in that ShelleyLong Creator/ShelleyLong tends to try and downplay any Diane-like "quirks" when playing other characters--but in this film, she at times seems to be cranking it UpToEleven.
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