Outrageous Fortune

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

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“Outrageous Fortune” is a 1987 comedy film directed by Arthur Hiller. The movie stars Bette Midler and Shelley Long in the lead roles. The story follows two very different women, Lauren Ames (played by Bette Midler) and Sandy Brozinsky (played by Shelley Long), who are unknowingly dating the same man, Michael Sanders.

Lauren is an aspiring actress and a drama queen, while Sandy is a serious and studious woman who wants to become a respected academic. When they both discover that they are involved with the same man, they initially dislike each other and get into numerous comic conflicts. However, they soon find themselves on a wild and hilarious adventure as they set out to confront Michael and uncover the truth about his deceit.

As they travel together, Lauren and Sandy’s personalities clash, leading to numerous funny situations and misunderstandings. They face dangerous situations, get involved with criminals, and even find themselves caught up in a government conspiracy. Through their shared experiences, they slowly learn to understand and appreciate each other’s differences, developing a genuine bond of friendship along the way.

“Outrageous Fortune” is a comedic romp that showcases the comedic talents of Bette Midler and Shelley Long. Their on-screen chemistry and comedic timing make the film enjoyable and entertaining. The movie received positive reviews from critics, praising the performances of the two leading ladies and the engaging plot.

The film’s success lies in its ability to combine humor, action, and unexpected twists in a way that keeps the audience engaged and entertained. It explores themes of friendship, self-discovery, and the importance of embracing one’s true self.

Overall, “Outrageous Fortune” is a delightful and hilarious comedy that offers a mix of laughter, adventure, and heartwarming moments. It remains a beloved film for fans of both Bette Midler and Shelley Long and continues to be a popular choice for those seeking an enjoyable and lighthearted movie experience.

Additional Details


  • Shelley Long: Lauren Ames
  • Bette Midler: Sandy Brozinsky
  • Peter Coyote: Michael Santers
  • Robert Prosky: Stanislav Korzenowski
  • George Carlin: Frank Madras
  • John Schuck: Agent Atkins
  • Anthony Heald: Weldon
  • Christopher McDonald: George


  • Director: Arthur Hiller
  • Producer: Ted Field and Robert Cort
  • Writer: Leslie Dixon

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