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Critical Condition

Year: 1987
Producer: Michael Apted
Cast: Richard Pryor, Rachel Ticotin, Joe Mantegna
Despite many believing his comic genius, Richard Pryor was pretty much a mediocrity, never appearing in anything other than slapstick or the early 80's equivalent of gross-out humour.

This romp is hardly different. The Giorgio Moroder-style synthesiser soundtrack betrays the period as much as the youth of the stars, and the result is a pretty straight comedy with Pryor's signature profane persona.

He plays an escaped con who finds himself trapped in a hospital overnight during a bad storm in New York and has to pose as a doctor to keep his cover.

He predictably proves himself to be the good guy even though he's found out, wins the girl, and saves the day.

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