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on May 7, 2004
Probably my favorite comedy movie of all time (starring Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell), Overboard has it all!
A five star cast, hilarious dialogue, great comedic timing, and marvelous chemistry between Hawn & Russell easily adds up to more than five stars worth of fun. Supporting cast members like Roddy McDowell, Katherine Helmond, and Edward Herrmann make more than the most from their roles, and really shine. The actors who portray Mrs. Berberich, the school principal, and Dr. Korman, the psychiatrist, really do their part to add comedic punch as well.
The movie opens with Goldie Hawn as JoAnna Stayton, a bored, pampered, demanding and imperious heiress--husband Grant is an equally shallow and pompous aristocrat. They openly despise each other, treat the help like servants, are enamored with possessions over people, and are proof positive that money does not buy happiness.
Enter Kurt Russell as carpenter Dean Profitt, hired to build a new closet on the Stayton yacht. When petualnt Hawn refuses to pay him for his work and knocks him overboard, Russell vows he will make her pay. He soon gets his chance when JoAnna falls overboard herself and husband Grant is too preoccupied watching Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous (ostensibly to see if he made it onto a list of the top ten yacht owners!) to hear her cries for help and save her.
Once rescued and suffering from amnesia, JoAnna is taken to the mental ward of a local hospital where she terrorizes staff members with her fits and vicious snits. Only too glad to be rid of her, they fall for Dean Profitt's story that this is his missing wife, Annie, and he is permitted to take her "home."
The Profitt "residence" turns out to be a down-and-out homestead reminiscent of the farm from Green Acres, complete with car parts and debris all over the yard, a limping dog in a cast, and four unruly boys demolishing everything in sight. Watching Hawn acclimate to this nightmare is totally hilarious. At one point she sighs..."So, this is my life....I didn't marry very well, did I?" Too, too funny!
By movie's end, Hawn has transformed the unruly household into a happy family home, fallen in love with Russell and his children, and morphed into a real human being. A funny, funny movie with a feel good ending, Overboard is highly underrated. I urge you to watch it and share the humor!
OVERBOARD  [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Full of Off-The-Wall Jokes and Very Funny!
‘OVERBOARD’ is a 1987 American romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. It was directed by Garry Marshall, produced by Roddy McDowall, and loosely inspired by the 1974 Italian film ‘Swept Away.’ OSCAR® winner Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell [Real-life couple] team up for this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. While her yacht’s stuck for repairs in a small Oregon town, spoiled socialite Joanna Stayton [Goldie Hawn] hires local carpenter Dean Proffitt [Kurt Russell] to remodel her closet... but then refuses to pay him. So when she accidentally falls overboard and loses her memory, Dean takes his one chance for revenge. Claiming she’s “Annie,” his old ball and chain, the hunky widower makes her work off her debt by taking care of his house and four unruly children in this laugh-out-loud funny, riches-to-rags romance!
Cast: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Edward Herrmann, Katherine Helmond, Michael G. Hagerty, Roddy McDowall, Jared Rushton, Jeffrey Wiseman, Brian Price, Jamie Wild, Frank Campanella, Harvey Miller, Bing Russell, Richard Stahl, Ray Combs, Marvin Braverman, Tim Wright (band), Tom Wright (band), John McDowell III (band), Steven Walker (band), Israel Juarbe, Robert Goldman, Keith Syphers, Robert Meadows, Paul Tinder, Scott Marshall, Bill Applebaum, Don Thompson, Hector Elizondo (uncredited), Garry Marshall (drummer) Blair Richwood (uncredited) and Sven-Ole Thorsen (uncredited)
Director: Gary Marshall
Producers: Alexandra Rose, Anthea Sylbert, Nick Abdo and Roddy McDowall
Screenplay: Leslie Dixon
Composers: Alan Silvestri and Randy Newman (end title theme)
Cinematography: John A. Lonzo
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: Mono and French: 2.0 Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
Running Time: 112 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: This 1987 screwball comedy ‘OVERBOARD’ is an incredible study of star power, displaying how a few seasoned professionals can take a limp script and turn it into something unremarkable, yet completely palatable. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are truly the only reasons to keep watching this otherwise flaccid comedy, which feels static when it should zing and oppressive when it should soar.
Trapped in Elk Cove, Oregon while her yacht is docked for repairs, spoiled heiress Joanna [Goldie Hawn] hires strapping carpenter Dean Proffitt [Kurt Russell] to construct a new closet for her shoe collection. On-board, Dean bears witness to Joanna's bully behaviour, a shrill routine of snobbery soon turned on him. When Joanna is knocked off the boat late one night, she awakens in a local hospital, unable to recall the details of her life due to trauma. Dean Proffitt, sensing an opportunity to take back what's owed him, convinces Joanna that he's her husband and his squalid home with four children is her family. Unsure, but unable to protest, Joanna is introduced to the ways of housewifery, while Dean Proffitt works to keep the scam going while tending to a few professional opportunities.
‘OVERBOARD’ is a gentle romantic comedy, directed by Garry Marshall in passive, unfunny manner that would come to define his career. The filmmaker is searching for a classic Hollywood feel for the material and scripted by Leslie Dixon, arranging a battle of wills between Joanna and Dean Proffitt, set loose inside an amnesia premise that's only moderately tended to. In fact, there's barely a reason for Joanna's misfortune at all, but who am I to stop the progress of monkey business.
The majority of the feature is devoted to Joanna's domestic deliverance, spotlighting her attempts to tame this family of undomesticated rapscallions while working inside a dilapidated home, a filthy backwoods abode Dean Proffitt almost seems proud of the situation. Feeds lies by the un-showered clan, Joanna is shoved into a life she doesn't recognise, faintly recalling her time with privilege, yet confronted with doctored photos of her life with Dean Proffitt, while facing four horrifying reminders of her once potent sexual prowess.
The comedy emerges from Joanna's mortified reactions and Dean Proffitt's frantic scheming, yet Gary Marshall is only interested in the surface elements of the sneaky imprisonment, turning rural Oregon into deep Kentucky to display a redneck wonderland of beer consumption, water barrel dunks, and working-class dreams of miniature golf. ‘OVERBOARD’ moves along like it has somewhere to go, yet halfway through the picture, it suddenly dawns that this is it. Just some mild animosity, playful fibbing, and the slow dance of love, as the lead characters gradually move from shock to romance, with Joanna creating a home Dean Proffitt and boys grow to adore, finally receiving a sense of discipline that's been absent for far too long. With Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn out front and centre, ‘OVERBOARD’ enjoys their easy chemistry and amusing comedic timing. Playing stereotypes, the actors serve up pronounced behaviour and bug-eyed reactions superbly. Kurt Russell alone is a convincing jumble of ambition and anxiety as Dean Proffitt nervously covers his tracks to keep Joanna disoriented. He's terribly fun in the role, finding the right he-man tenor to best accentuate Hawn's articulation of confusion. Her bookend scenes as a spoiled brat are colourful, creating a perceptible arc to the character and her frazzled sense of location.
Blu-ray Video Quality – ‘OVERBOARD’ is another recent batch of generic catalogue titles released in the UK by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Presented in its proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio for the first time, the image at first looks like it might be decent: the opening credits roll and the red-coloured font shouts "Hey, check me out!" And, just as soon as that happens, it stays like that: decent. There's a layer of grain sets in that never goes away, plagued the remainder of the movie and preventing any improvements in this 1080p image transfer from really being seen (providing they were there to being with, that is, it looks as if 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in the UK didn't put a whole lot of effort into this release). On the plus-side, it's still a lot better than the old inferior NTSC DVD release.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix is a competent blend of music and dialogue exchanges, with a frontal push for voices, though the actors sound a little bit on the thin side, lacking a substantial weight to reinforce their comedic efforts. Soundtrack cuts and scoring cues sound bright and eager, providing depth to the track and supporting mood when called upon. Atmospherics are detectable for outdoor encounters and bar scenes, but are limited by design. Low-end is minimal. In short: a good comedy film release and of course ‘OVERBOARD’ is a fun throwback to the Screwball Comedy, one that not only went by unnoticed when first released, but that went by just as unobserved by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in the UK restoration experts.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Theatrical Trailer  [2:00] It is such a shame that they could only come up with this Trailer, I would of thought with these two main major stars, they could have had some behind-the-scene documentary or better still, been able to interview Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, especially as they are a real-life couple.
Finally, ‘OVERBOARD’ is a really enjoyable fun rollicking film and enough if taken on its own unambitious terms. Hawn is a hoot, especially in the opening scenes, and she and Russell have great on screen chemistry. The film itself is a mishmash, a sort of warmed over sitcom that has just a hint of the smarmy in its main conceit. This Blu-ray image is very passable, but fans of the film will probably delight that at least it's framed correctly in its aspect ratio presentation. The performances of Goldie Hawn particularly and Kurt Russell who make the best reason for watching ‘OVERBOARD’ and you will have endless hours of fun with repeat viewing, but it's certainly no masterpiece, but despite this I personally think it is a definite classic screwball comedy and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell work so brilliant together and I have loved this film ever since its cinema release and I am so pleased I waited for this Blu-ray release, as both these actors are up there with my massive List of favourite actors and so happy and pleased to add it to my ever expanding Blu-ray Collection, especially with these two fantastic stars. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
on November 14, 2003
Overboard staring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell this movie was released by M.G.M is in color and has a running time of 96 minutes, and is closed captioned. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are both at the top of their acting abilites in Overboard. Goldie plays a very rich and very pampered lady of leisuer,who simply must have a cedar closet to protect her clothes from moths at sea. Kurt Russell is a carpenter who is the widowed Father of four wild boys who are in dire need of proper adult supervision. Goldie Hawn hires Kurt Russell to build her cedar closet, but in a spoiled frenzy fires Russell and throughs him,and his tools overboard her huge yhat. Hawn is likewise thrown overboard when she trys to collect her wedding rings she had left on deck earlyer in the day. Hawns husband does not claim Hawn at the hospital, so the local television station runs an news speical asking for any information on who Hawn might be. Russell then comes up with the idea that if he can't collect his money the right way then he will claim Hawn as his wife to work off the debt. What insues from there is a woundreful, laugh out loud,never a dull moment movie. As Goldie trys to complete the chores that Kurt has for her to do,clean a nasty house, care for children which she has never done before,and cut the fire wood. Goldie not only meets every task but becomes the Mother that four little boys turly need, and a wife to Kurt Russell. Hawn's former husband returns to find her when her mother gives him two days to produce her daughter. The fairy tale seems to be over as Hawn returns with her dead beat husband,but finds she no longer fits into the snobby croud she use to belong to. Russell does not give up with out a fight, and what follows is a heart warming,tear in your eye, cheere out loud ending. Overboard is trully one of best movies you will ever see.