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  • Box Office Bomb: Ultimately, the public listened to Cosby's requests to stay away. Budget, $24 million. Box office, $4,615,255.
  • Creator Backlash: Cosby might have been co-producer and co-writer, but ended up begging audiences not to see it shortly before its release. When the film won a Golden Raspberry Award, Cosby asked the studio make his statuette out of gold and marble so he could accept it in style.
  • Creator Killer:
    • It's one of the handful of movies that led to distributor Columbia Pictures winding up in Sony's hands by 1991, though the damage this film did was more reputation-oriented.
    • It also blasted apart the career of director Paul Weiland, who had been labeled as "Inexperienced". He didn't direct another theatrical film for seven years (City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold) and didn't have a very visible role in Hollywood since.
  • Direct to Video: In the UK and other territories.
  • Old Shame: The film was so bad, Cosby himself told every audience he could to avoid seeing it, before it was even released. It should also be noted that "William H. Cosby Jr., Ed.D." has story credit, and that the movie is "A Sah Enterprises, Inc. Production" ... and guess whose company that is.
  • Star-Derailing Role: For Cosby's film career. Any cache he still had as the star of The Cosby Show was wiped out when his next film, Ghost Dad, became another critically drubbed flop.
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  • What Could Have Been: Michael Palin was asked to play Frayn.

  • The film won three Razzies at the 1987 ceremony, with Cosby winning Worst Actor and Worst Picture in his capacity as producer, as well as sharing Worst Screenplay with scriptwriter Jonathan Reynolds.

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