The Couch Trip Poster

Release Date: January 8th, 1988

DVD Release Date: April 1st, 2003

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
John Burns (Dan Aykroyd) is a patient at a mental institution who gets an unexpected shot at freedom when circumstances find him mistaken for a colleague of Dr. George Maitlin (Charles Grodin). Sneaking out of the facility, Burns poses as his psychiatrist on a radio show in Los Angeles, which leads to great ratings for the program. Burns also finds a new friend in homeless eccentric Donald Becker (Walter Matthau), but his good times are threatened when Maitlin discovers the ruse.

Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin, Donna Dixon, Richard Romanus, Mary Gross, David Clennon, Arye Gross

Director: Michael Ritchie

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Orion Pictures

Distributors: Orion Pictures, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: Friend, Lighthearted, 1980s, Escape, Los Angeles, Underdog, Amusing, Love interest, Madcap