Critical Condition (film)

Critical Condition

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Ted Field
Robert W. Cort
Screenplay by Denis Hamill
John Hamill
Story by Denis Hamill
John Hamill
Alan Swyer
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Ralf D. Bode
Edited by Robert K. Lambert
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • January 16, 1987 (1987-01-16)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14 million
Box office $20,240,502

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


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 himself.

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.[1] [2] [3][4]

Box office

The movie debuted at No. 1.[5] [6]



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