Overboard (1987)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Overboard (1987)


Garry Marshall


Leslie Dixon


Kurt Russell

Goldie Hawn

Edward Herrmann

Katherine Helmond

Mike Hagerty


A cruel but beautiful heiress mocks and cheats a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia after an accident, he decides to introduce her to regular life by convincing her they’re husband and wife.


I know that Overboard has problems. It definitely takes the premise too far once Kurt Russell’s character sleeps with Goldie Hawn. He should have come clean before then. The thing is, I really like this movie. The chemistry between the two is obvious, and how could I not like a story where a rich person lives life from the other side. It’s great!

Most reviewers seem to disagree with me, and that’s valid. They did go too far. Overboard wasn’t a hit when it came out and barely made its money back. Like so many other movies I own, though, it went on to be a cult classic. I wonder how much of that has to do with the fact that it was played frequently on TV?


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