Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and produced by Nick Abdo, Roddy McDowell, Alexandra Rose, Anthea Sylbert and Goldie Hawn. The screenplay was written by Leslie Dixon.
Rated: PG (movie contains adult situations and language)
Run Time: 1h 53min
Release Date: December 18, 1987 (USA)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Garry Marshall
Overboard stars Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Garry Marshall, Roddy McDowell, Edward Hermann, Katherine Helmond, Mike Hagerty, Jared Rushton, Jeffrey Wiseman, Jamie Wild, Frank Campanella, Brian Price, Bing Russell and Hector Elizondo.
Overboard is the story of Joanna Stayton (Goldie Hawn), a wealthy snobbish woman living a life of leisure with her husband Grant (Edward Hermann) aboard their yacht. While docked in Elk Cove, Oregon, Joanna hires a local carpenter named Dean Proffitt (Kurt Russell) to build her a custom closet. Dean builds a beautiful closet with shoe compartments and Joanna is incensed that he used Oak instead of Cedar. When the two don’t see eye-to-eye, Dean is left unpaid and Joanna dumps both him and his tool box into the water before setting sail.
The following day, Joanna accidentally falls off of the boat and is fished out of the water by a garbage scow skipper and when she regains consciousness realizes she has amnesia and can’t remember who she is or anything about her life. The local Sheriff posts her face on TV asking if anyone can identify the ‘Jane Doe’ woman and Dean sees her and thinks its an opportunity to recover the money she owes him and plans to have her work off the $600.
Grant takes the opportunity to rid himself of the demanding Joanna while Dean, a widower with four kids arrives at the hospital and claims she is his wife. The hospital is reluctant to release Joanna to Dean but he mentions a birthmark he saw on her upper thigh when he was building her closet and leaves the hospital with her. Joanna can’t remember her past identity and Dean manufactures a back story of their life together and gets a free housekeeper and mother for his four kids.
“Well, the entire civilized world knows that ALL closets are made of cedar.” – Joanna Stayton / Annie Proffitt
“Well up here in Elk Snout ma’am see we don’t know ’bout them closets, nor bathrooms neither. Shit woman, you’re lucky I am house broke.” – Dean Proffitt
“Annie Goolahey? Where in God’s name did I grow up, Dogpatch?” – Joanna Stayton / Annie Proffitt
“No, not there honey… over in Goober, Idaho… but it’s a nuclear waste dump.” – Dean Proffitt
“Oh no, madam. Oh no. You… most of us go through life with blinders on. Knowing only that little station to which we were born. But you madam, have had the… rare privilege of escaping your bonds for just a spell. To see life from an entirely new perspective. How you choose to use that information is entirely up to you.” – Andrew
“I speak French! Do I know what I said? Yes I do. I must’ve learned in Paris. When was I in Paris? In the Navy?” – Joanna Stayton / Annie Proffitt
Official Movie Trailer
Goldie Hawn as Joanna Stayton / Annie Proffitt
Kurt Russell as Dean Proffitt
Garry Marshall as Drummer
Roddy McDowell as Andrew
Edward Hermann as Grant Stayton III
Katherine Helmond as Edith Mintz
Mike Hagerty as Billy Pratt
Jared Rushton as Charlie Proffitt
Jeffrey Wiseman as Joey Proffitt
Jamie Wild as Greg Proffitt
Frank Campanella as Captain Karl
Brian Price as Travis Proffitt
Bing Russell as Sheriff Earl
Hector Elizondo as Garbage Scow Skipper