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Critical Condition (film)

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


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  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Box office
  • 6 Cast
  • 7 References
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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


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 himselfcitation needed

Full House star Bob Saget has a small role as an ER doctor


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 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"1 The Los Angeles Times reacted in more of a mixed manner:

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel was more scathing:

The Chicago Tribune's Dave Kehr noted that the film "adds, with what has become a glum predictability, one more disappointing title to Richard Pryor's credits By this point, the failure of this immensely gifted comedian to transfer even a fraction of his stage appeal to film must rank with the great mysteries of the western world Part of the problem seems to be Pryor`s raging need to be loved As a stand-up comedian, he presumably gets all the affection he needs from the immediate response of the live audience But on film, the response is less direct, and to compensate for that loss, Pryor transforms himself into an excessively soulful, sympathy-begging puppy dog The bids for pathos take the edge off his comic persona Rather than the complex blend of bristling resentment and rueful pragmatism he projects on the stage, in the movies he musters only an unctuous sweetness"4

Box officeedit

The movie debuted at No 15 6


  • Richard Pryor as Kevin Lenahan / Dr Slattery
  • Rachel Ticotin as Rachel
  • Ruben Blades as Louis
  • Joe Mantegna as Chambers
  • Bob Dishy as Dr Foster
  • Sylvia Miles as Nurse Maggie
  • Randall "Tex" Cobb as Box
  • Bob Saget as Dr Joffe
  • Jon Polito as Kline
  • Garrett Morris as Helicopter Junkie


  1. ^ "FILM: RICHARD PRYOR IN 'CRITICAL CONDITION'" The New York Times Retrieved 2012-06-10 
  2. ^ "Movie Review : Pryor Fine, 'Condition' Weakening" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 2012-06-10 
  3. ^ "Pryor Can`t Save `Critical Condition" Sun Sentinel Retrieved 2012-06-10 
  4. ^ "Richard Pryor`s Bedside Manner Hands Out Overdose Of Sugar Pills" Chicago Tribune Retrieved 2012-06-10 
  5. ^ "Movies" Los Angeles Times Retrieved 2012-06-10 
  6. ^ "'Platoon' and 'Critical' Lead Box-Office Sales" The New York Times Retrieved 2012-06-10 

External linksedit

  • Critical Condition on Internet Movie Database
  • Critical Condition at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Critical Condition at Box Office Mojo

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