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Out Cold (1989)

Sunny is married to the Ernie; their marriage is about to end as both of them have affairs. One evening drunken Ernie and Dave have a fight which results on Ernie getting knocked out in the fridge where he dies during the night.

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Malcolm Mowbray

Writers:

Leonard Glasser (story), Leonard Glasser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Alcalde Laura Alcalde ... Customer #2
Madison Arnold ... Plumber #1
Carmen Alvarez Block Carmen Alvarez Block ... Mrs. Rifkin
Lisa Blount ... Phyllis
Alan Blumenfeld ... Lew
Thomas Byrd Thomas Byrd ... Mr. Holstrom (as Tom Byrd)
Frederick Coffin ... Sgt. Haroldson
Richard Embardo Richard Embardo ... Frankie
Teri Garr ... Sunny
Carole Goldman ... Mrs. Colby
Debra Lamb ... Panetti's Dancer (as Deborah Lamb)
James Lashly ... Cop #1 (as James Lashley)
John Lithgow ... Dave
Ada Maris ... Customer #1
Bruce McGill ... Ernie
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Storyline

Sunny is married to the butcher Ernie; their marriage is about to end as both of them have affairs. Thus Sunny hires Lester Atlas as private investigator in order to collect proofs for the divorce. One evening drunken Ernie and his partner Dave have a fight in the butchery with the result of Ernie getting knocked out in the fridge where he dies during the night. But it was not Dave's fault but intentional murder by Sunny. Only Lester has proofs so Sunny kills him, too. Thus she only has to kill Dave to get rid of all witnesses, but he can free himself out of the fridge and wants to take revenge... Written by Volker Boehm

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A chilling, hilarious comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Congelado See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$201,499, 5 March 1989

Gross USA:

$294,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,266
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Teri Garr and Bruce McGill also appeared in Tales from the crypt episode The Trap (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Sunny first meets with Atlas Investigations, the Honda car carrier ship appears, disappears, and then reappears in the window behind them. See more »


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Protect and Serve
Written by Marco Fox, Aaron Price and Steve Bidrowski
Performed by The Denver Mexicans
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Not terribly successful, but not bad either.
26 May 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

An effective star trio remains the principal attraction for the duration of this likable if unspectacular black comedy. John Lithgow stars as a wimpy butcher who discovers his business partner (Bruce McGill) has frozen to death inside their walk in freezer. See, the partner's frustrated wife (Teri Garr) had grown tired of the guy (he treats her like garbage, including cheating on her) and when she found him in there, seized her opportunity to get rid of him, and locked him in there. Now the guilt plagued Lithgow reluctantly helps her in her series of cover-ups as the private detective (Randy Quaid) whom she originally hired to dig up dirt on the husband is getting too close to finding out what's going on. It's a shame with such a good cast that there aren't more comedy fireworks here. There are certainly funny moments but none that stick out or are particularly memorable. It *is* funny seeing an ice cream bar stuck to the frozen McGill's head, in any event. Lithgow is terrific as always, and Garr is a delight as the inexperienced schemer. Quaid is a hoot in one of his more straight laced performances, and the supporting cast features a number of familiar actors such as Lisa Blount, Alan Blumenfeld, Frederick Coffin, Marvin J. McIntyre, Larry Miller, Morgan Paull, and Barbara Rhoades. The farcical sequences with the dead body are a highlight (especially when it's propped up in the wilderness to make the death look like an accident). Granted, "Out Cold" doesn't reach the lunatic heights of the same year's "Weekend at Bernie's", but it still works pretty well in this regard. And when Lithgow and Garr are trying to dispose of a car and its radio comes on, blaring some obnoxious rock song, it's a scene both funny and tense, because one figures somebody *had* to have heard the music. Overall, "Out Cold" is a decent little comedy, and could stand to be better known. Six out of 10.


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