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Mr. Destiny

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Orr
Produced by Laurence Mark
Jim Cruickshank
James Orr
Susan B. Landau
Written by James Orr
Jim Cruickshank
Starring James Belushi
Linda Hamilton
Jon Lovitz
Hart Bochner
Michael Caine
Music by David Newman
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Editing by Michael R. Miller
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) October 12, 1990
Running time 110 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Mr. Destiny is a 1990 comedy film starring Jim Belushi. Other actors in this film included Linda Hamilton, Jon Lovitz, Michael Caine, Courteney Cox, and Rene Russo.



The story begins on "the strangest day" of Larry Burrow's (James Belushi) life consisting of a series of comic and dramatic misadventures. Larry, who blames all of his life's problems on the fact that he struck out during a key moment of a high school baseball game, wishes he had done things differently. His wish is granted by a guardian angel-like figure named Mike (Michael Caine), and appears at various times as a bartender, a cab driver, and so on. Larry soon discovers that Mike has transferred Larry into an alternate reality in which he had won the pivotal high school game. He now finds himself rich and (within his company) powerful, and married to the boss's (Bill McCutcheon) sexy daughter Cindy Jo Bumpers (Rene Russo). At first, his new life seems perfect, but he soon begins to miss his best friend Clip Metzler (Jon Lovitz) and wife Ellen (Linda Hamilton) from his previous life; he also discovers that his alternate self has created many enemies, like Jewel Jagger (Courteney Cox), and as Larry's problems multiply, he finds himself wishing to be put back into his old life.



Portions of the film were filmed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, using the baseball team from Richard J. Reynolds High School. The office building is the former headquarters of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

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Mr. Destiny is a 1990 comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures.

Would you give up everything you have... for everything you've ever wanted? Then meet...


Larry Joseph Burrows

  • Destiny's a pretty big concept, when you think about it. Where you are in life, how you got there, what would have happened if one thing or another had been different. To be honest, I never gave it much thought, myself, until today, June 14th, my 35th birthday, and without a doubt, the strangest day of my life. Do you remember the old story that starts, "This guy goes into a bar"? Well, I'm the guy, and here's the story.
  • Why is it every time you have a mouthful of freeze-dried coffee, your boss walks in on you?
  • Why is it every time your best friend's kissing you on the head, a beautiful woman comes along and catches you?
  • Why is it when you do something terrific, nine times out of 10 you're all alone, but when you screw up really big, the whole world is watching?
  • How well do you remember 1970?
  • Maybe it was because it was my birthday. Maybe it was seeing Cindy Jo. I don't know. But all morning I'd been thinking about what it would have been like if my life had turned out differently.
  • How about that! The desk is wired to my ass!

Mike the Bartender

  • You'll find a lot of people don't like you, Larry.
  • Congratulations, Larry. It's a brave man who takes control of his own destiny.


  • Ellen Jane Burrows: Oh, honey, were you thinking about that silly baseball game again?
  • Jewel Jagger, Forklift Operator: You wouldn't want me to fork you to death, would you?
  • Jackie: When I played for the Bears, they used to call me "Cement Head". But you can call me Jackie.
  • Duncan the Tow Truck Driver: Somebody here call for a tow truck?


Clip Metzler, Larry's Best Friend: Well, you know what your problem is? Nothing's ever good enough for you. Way I see it, you've got the perfect life. You've got a wonderful home, a terrific wife, a good job, and the best friend money can buy. What else could a guy want?
Larry Joseph Burrows: A little excitement would be nice.

Larry Joseph Burrows: [voice-over] Why is it every time you break into your boss's office, he always walks in on you?
Niles Pender: Lose something, Burrows?
Larry Joseph Burrows: Something tells me I have.

Larry Joseph Burrows: 35 years old, and my life is shit.
Mike the Bartender: Can't be all that bad.
Larry Joseph Burrows: It's not that it's bad, you know, it's just that it's ordinary.

Larry Joseph Burrows: Sometimes I get the distinct feeling I'm missing out on something.
Harry Burrows: Well, what she's got - and she's got plenty you don't need.
Larry Joseph Burrows: You sure?
Harry Burrows: [pause] Not absolutely. But if I ever tried to find out, your mother would kill me.
Larry Joseph Burrows: You're the dad every kid dreams of, you know that?

Larry Joseph Burrows: So, Mike, do you do this a lot, I mean, you know, change peoples' lives and stuff?
Mike the Bartender: I've been known to make a few adjustments now and again.

Larry Joseph Burrows: How can my life change so much just because I hit one stinking baseball?
Mike the Bartender: Well, you see Larry, one's destiny is a very complicated thing. Every incident in a person's life affects everything else that follows it. Instead of missing the baseball, however, you hit it. Then you became a hero, married the prom queen, and so on, and so forth, until you find yourself exactly where you are. So you see, hitting that baseball has spun your life off in an entirely new direction.
Larry Joseph Burrows: Are you an angel or something?
Mike the Bartender: Not exactly, no.
Larry Joseph Burrows: Then what are you?
Mike the Bartender: Have you ever been faced with a decision, and you weren't sure what to do?
Larry Joseph Burrows: Yeah, sure, plenty of times.
Mike the Bartender: And then something inside you made you choose one direction over another?
Larry Joseph Burrows: Yeah. So?
Mike the Bartender: So that's me. I make the suggestions, and you make the choices. That's how destiny works, Larry - very subtly. Welcome to your new life, Larry. I hope you like it.

Larry Joseph Burrows: Is there anything else that's gonna come as a shock?
Mike the Bartender: It all will, to some degree.
Larry Joseph Burrows: To what degree?
Mike the Bartender: You'll see. Things have changed, Larry. You have to take the bad with the good. You didn't think everything was gonna be perfect, did you?
Larry Joseph Burrows: Well, I... I... I suppose not.
Mike the Bartender: This is your life, Larry. Learn to enjoy what you've got.

Mike the Bartender: Your destiny has been changed, Larry, by request, I might add. And you must take responsibility for the circumstances of your new life. They are, after all, of your own making.
Larry Joseph Burrows: Well, if I made 'em, I can unmake 'em!

Ellen Jane Burrows: Larry, if we had such a great life together, why'd you want it changed?
Larry Joseph Burrows: (pause) I guess... I just didn't know what I had.

Ellen Jane Burrows: I was wrong about you. I think you're a wonderful man. I wish it could've been different between us. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Sorry.
Larry Joseph Burrows: [long pause as Ellen walks away] Wait a minute, that's bullshit! It was meant to be!

Cindy Jo Bumpers: I wish I'd known it was your birthday, I would have gotten you something.
Larry Joseph Burrows: Well, Cindy Jo, you've already given me more than you could possibly know. Really.

Larry Joseph Burrows: Thanks. Thanks for everything. The good and the bad. Boy, you sure do know how to make a point. Oh, and listen, Mike - whatever you've got planned for the rest of my life? It's perfect.
Mike the Bartender: [toasts] Happy birthday, Larry.

[last lines]
Mike the Bartender: Saw the game, kid. Tough break.
Young Larry Burrows: You said it, mister. I blew it good.
Mike the Bartender: Don't worry too much about it. Remember, you've got your whole life to look forward to. Things will work out just fine. Trust me.
Young Larry Burrows: [walking away] Old fart. What the hell does he know?


  • Would you give up everything you have... for everything you've ever wanted? Then meet...
  • Larry Burrows wished for it all... until all that he wished for came true!
  • A totally magical comedy!


  • James Belushi — Larry Joseph Burrows/Narrator
  • Linda Hamilton — Ellen Jane Burrows/Robertson
  • Michael Caine — Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar/Angel
  • Jon Lovitz — Clip Metzler, Larry's Best Friend
  • Hart Bochner — Niles Pender
  • Bill McCutcheon — Leo Hansen, CEO Liberty Republic Sporting Goods/Cyndi Jo's Father
  • Rene Russo — Cindy Jo Bumpers
  • Jay O. Sanders — Jackie Earle Bumpers, Company President aka 'Cement Head'
  • Maury Chaykin — Guzelman, Building Contractor
  • Pat Corley — Harry Burrows
  • Douglas Seale — Boswell, Burrows' Butler in Alternate Life
  • Courteney Cox — Jewel Jagger, Forklift operator/Larry's Secretary
  • Doug Barron — Lewis Flick
  • Jeff Weiss — Ludwig
  • Tony Longo — Huge Guy

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