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Overboard (1987)

April 19th, 2009 by Anne Richardson · 2 Comments · 1980's, Oregon film old definition, Oregon location (cameo), Videos

When the police announce they have rescued a woman with amnesia, single father Kurt Russell sees a way to solve his housekeeping problems. He rushes down to claim her as his own. Goldie Hawn finds herself taking care of kids she never had, cleaning a house she doesn’t recognize.

Oregon appears in Overboard two ways: in establishing shots of the Depoe Bay bridge, and as a symbolic stand in for the Garden of Eden. The purity and goodness of rural blue collar life in Oregon is continually contrasted with the inauthenticity of the high life Goldie Hawn left behind when she fell off her yacht.

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A great film for people who find Garry Marshall’s more famous romantic comedy, Pretty Woman, too challenging. I hereby claim Overboard as an Oregon film.

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