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Mr. Destiny (1990)




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Movie Info

A dissatisfied businessman in the midst of a mid-life crisis encounters a magical bartender who shows him what might have been in this fantasy. With the bartender, the man tours the life he would have led had he won a high-school baseball game rather than striking out.

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Jim Belushi
as Larry Joseph Burrows
Linda Hamilton
as Ellen Jane Burrows/Robertson
Michael Caine
as Mike/Mr. Destiny
Jon Lovitz
as Clip Metzler
Hart Bochner
as Niles Pender
Bill McCutcheon
as Leo Hansen
Rene Russo
as Cindy Jo
Jay O. Sanders
as Jackie Earle
Maury Chaykin
as Guzelman
Pat Corley
as Harry Burrows
Courteney Cox
as Jewel Jagger
Doug Barron
as Lewis Flick
Jeff Weiss
as Ludwig
Tony Longo
as Huge Guy
Andrew Stahl
as Jerry Haskins
Martin Thompson
as Guest Stilton
Osamu Sakabe
as Nakamura
Eddita Hill
as Juanita
Collin Bernsen
as Tom Robertson
William Griffis
as Maitre D'
Terry Loughlin
as Wine Steward
Jeffrey Pillars
as Truck Driver
Richie Devaney
as Young Larry
Bruce Evers
as Team Coach
Whit Edwards
as Young Jerry
Sky Berdahl
as Young Clip
Heather Lynch
as Young Ellen
James Douglas
as Mr. Ripley
Chris Stacy
as Teammate
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Destiny

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

The movie is a slow march through foregone conclusions, and its curious passivity is underscored, if that is the word, by the quietest soundtrack I can remember.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A bland comic fantasy.

October 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

An awful redemption flick.

August 26, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Another one of these comedies shooting for a "Capraesque" vibe, resulting in a limp comedy with some mild charm and loads of predictability.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Campy and stupid, but sort of fun.

June 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Yes, it's a ripoff of "It's a Wonderful Life" but it works. Belushi is funny, and the point is still well taken.

July 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Mr. Destiny


Nice story concept, but it deserves to have some better actors. Not that James Belusci is terrible at what he does or anything, but he wouldn't exactly be my first choice to play the starring role of anything. The biggest gripe I have with this film, however, is not its bland cast, but the screenplay its founded upon. Whoever wrote it must have a pretty lame sense of humor, because it completely misses the mark in its attempts to be funny. The use of a voice-over narration wasn't such a bright idea either, especially with Belusci sounding as tired and lifeless as he does. With all this mind, this is one of few movies I wouldn't mind seeing a re-make of. I guess, if that were to happen, that it'd become a re-make of a re-make though, as I read somewhere that the plot for this film has mainly been derived from the oldie It's A Wonderful Life. Be that as it may, I'm sticking to what I said, because it's always a shame when a good story has to suffer the hands of a less-than-brilliant cast and director. It's still an okay movie though, even if I now wish that I'd spent my time on something else.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

A delightful film.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


A what if story that was pretty funny. I wish James Belushi did more movies. Michael Caine was in this as well.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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