Outrageous Fortune

Synopsis: Lauren and Sandy are total opposites who end up in the same acting class and who don't know they are sharing a lover. When he disappears under mysterious circumstances they refuse to believe that he is dead and are the only ones who are searching for him across several states. Ending up in the western US., they discover he had other interests as they find their lives in danger.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Arthur Hiller
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

I just met you

Yet I'm feeling

It seems that somehow

we met somewhere before

I think I loved you

In my dreams 100 times or maybe more

What a connection

I just can't conceal it

There's a kind of magic in the air

Ooh, I can feel it

Something special

Is gonna happen tonight

I want you to know that

Something special

Is gonna happen tonight

I promise I'll be good to you

What a connection

I just can't conceal it

There's a kind of magic in the air

Ooh, I can feel it

Something special

Is gonna happen tonight

I want you to know that

Something special

Is gonna happen tonight

I promise I'll be good to you

Something special

Is gonna happen tonight

Oh! All right. That's it.

- What's the matter, Marie? What happened?

- She tried to kill me.

- Well, isn't that the point?

- No, Lauren.

This is theatrical fencing.

This isn't an autopsy. All right?

All right.

Damn it! I don't even know

why we have to do this.

If you want to do Shakespeare,

Shakespearean people have duels.

- Not the women.

- It's my ambition to play Hamlet.

Oh, that'll pack 'em in the aisles.




Good. Lauren.




- Lauren.

- Hi, George.

- Have dinner with me tonight.

- What?

- Say, "Yes."

- George.

- Say, "Yes."

- Why are you acting like this?

Because I wanna be with you.

Well, that's nice.

This is so funny, George.

I thought you were gay.

Oh, I am. It's just, I play

so many heterosexual roles...

I feel I really need to

do some serious research.


And just when you think

there's no greater depth...

to which an actor could possibly sink.

- That's nothin'. Remember Fred?

- Fred.

I've got a 50 percent

hearing loss in this ear...

from him yelling "Stella" in bed.

I tell ya, I swore

off actors a year ago.

I said if that's the only

subspecies of men available...

I'd rather not date at all.

And I haven't. But

there are other things.

My work, I perfect my craft.

L... Kor... Korzenowski!

- Yeah.

- He's taking students.

- Hey, but where you gonna get that kind of money?

- L...

I gotta use that phone.

Come on. You're up.

Who is it?

It's your sister-in-law. Hurry

up. My feet are falling off.

Well, hi, Shirley.

I'm glad you finally...

Wait a minute.

Get in front of the camera.

- I knew it.

- Come on, Mom. Let me in.

No, we can't afford it.

Mom, please.

- Is that my baby?

- Daddy!

Yes, but she can't come

in. She wants a loan.

Daddy, can I come in, please?

Please, please, please,

please, please, Daddy? Daddy?

- Daniel, what are you doing?

- Oh, yes.

- You don't know she wants money.

- Of course she does.

- You don't know that.

- That's right, Mom.

Can't I just drop in to see my parents?

Okay, I need $5,000.

- But it's to study with Korzenowski. -

$5,000. - She might have a good reason.

- Daddy! Stanislav Korzenowski.

- $5,000, Daniel.

- I'll pay you back.

- What did you say?


- What was that?

- I know I owe you some money.

- You owe us $3 2,000.

But it's the Korzenowski.

Lauren, we sent you to Yale

and London and the institute.

You have been at this acting thing for

years, and you haven't earned a dime.

You are still working as a salesgirl!

- Honey, face it. Maybe it's time for you to give it up.

- Daddy.

- Daniel. Hey, what did you

do? - Oh. Oh, Daddy. - Nothing.

- You gave her that money? - Oh, Daddy.

- I cannot believe that you did that.

- She is our only child. - Oh. Oh, Daddy!

- I can't believe it. She is sucking us dry.

- $5,000. Thank you, Daddy!

- She isn't. Well, I just got another bill from Bloomingdale's.

- Oh, thank you.

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Leslie Dixon

Leslie Dixon is an American screenwriter and film producer. She began her career as an original screenwriter, writing films such as 1987's Outrageous Fortune and Overboard. She then moved into adaptations and re-writes, developing the screenplays for: Mrs. Doubtfire, The Thomas Crown Affair, Pay It Forward, and Hairspray. She has also produced a variety of films, and the television series Limitless. more…

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