What About Bob?

May 17th, 1991


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A successful psychiatrist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, a highly manipulative obsessive-compulsive, tracks him down during his family vacation.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.8/10 (28,519 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Frank Oz

Stars: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty

Doctor Leo Marvin, an egotistical psychiatrist in New York City, is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance on a "Good Morning America" telecast during which he plans to brag about Baby Steps, his new book about emotional disorder theories in which he details his philosophy of treating mental patients and their phobias. Meanwhile, Bob Wiley is a recluse who is so afraid to leave his own apartment that he has to talk himself out the door. When Bob is pawned off on Leo by a psychiatrist colleague, Bob becomes attached to Leo. Leo finds Bob extremely annoying. When Leo accompanies his wife Fay, his daughter Anna, and his son Siggy to a peaceful New Hampshire lakeside cottage for a month-long vacation, Leo thinks he's been freed from Bob. Leo expects to mesmerize his family with his prowess as a brilliant husband and remarkable father who knows all there is to know about instructing his wife and raising his kids...

Writers: Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin

Bill Murray - Bob 'Bobby' Wiley
Richard Dreyfuss - Dr. Leo Marvin
Julie Hagerty - Fay Marvin
Charlie Korsmo - Sigmund 'Siggy' Marvin
Kathryn Erbe - Anna Marvin
Tom Aldredge - Mr. Guttman
Susan Willis - Mrs. Guttman
Roger Bowen - Phil
Fran Brill - Lily Marvin
Brian Reddy - Carswell Fensterwald, M.D.
Doris Belack - Dr. Catherine Tomsky
Melinda Mullins - Marie Grady
Marcella Lowery - Betty, Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch - Gwen, Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres - Claire, Dr. Marvin's Secretary

Taglines: Bob's a special kind of friend. The kind that drives you crazy!

Release Date: 17 May 1991

Filming Locations: 8254 Scruggs Road, Moneta, Virginia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,216,334 (USA) (19 May 1991) (1463 Screens)

Gross: $63,710,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Woody Allen was suggested for the role of Leo Marvin.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The weapon over the mantle is incorrectly referred to as a rifle when clearly it is a shotgun. Bob also refers to it as a rifle later. Shotguns are smooth-bores, not rifles.

[first lines]
Bob Wiley: I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful...

User Review

Dude, it's simply one of the funniest ever made.

Rating: 10/10

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. And I've seen it MANY times. Still makes me laugh out loud. I was surprised when it didn't make AFI's top 100 funniest movies list. I can't believe it only has a 6.4 . It should be much much higher. It is simply hilarious.