How much do you know about Overboard, the Goldie Hawn classic?


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No certified romantic comedy lover is worth their cinematic salt if they don't know the 80s movie, "Overboard." The film has a cult following, which should be reason enough to watch. While it might not be one of the best-known comedies of the 1980s, don't let it slip under the radar.

Released back in 1987, the movie was helmed by Garry Marshall, the late, great director of other Hollywood rom-coms such as, "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries," as well as TV shows such as, "Happy Days" and "Mork and Mindy."

"Overboard" leads us through a series of absurd events involving a yacht, an employee out for revenge and a case of amnesia. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn work their theatrical, comedic charm in this film while the chemistry of the real-life and reel-life couple oozes from every single frame.

The film was so beloved that it was remade in 2018 and starred Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris.

So, have we jogged your memory enough to take this quiz? Hey, don't go overboard! Just enjoy the quiz ride!

What kind of ship does Goldie Hawn's character, Joanna, fall from?

Joanna falls from a luxury yacht and then suffers from amnesia. From then on, she forgets that she's wealthy and is immersed in a life of domestic, humble poverty​.


What's Dean's dream job in the movie?

Dean (and his friend Billy) dream about opening their own miniature golf course, and by the end of the movie, they get the chance to do it.


What trade is Kurt Russell's character, Dean, employed in?

Dean is a lowly carpenter that comes aboard the yacht to fix Joanna's closet. The most famous image of his character is one in which he is holding a chainsaw.


After her amnesia, what is Joanna told that her name is?

She is told by Dean that her name is Annie, and since he's pretending that she is his wife, she becomes Annie Proffitt to his Dean Proffitt.


How many boys does Dean have?

He had four kids with his late wife. Two of them are twins, but all four of them are more than a handful.


Who plays Joanna's butler?

Roddy McDowall plays the beloved butler. He's also an executive producer of the film.


In a rush to get the boys off to school, what kind of sandwich does Joanna make for them?

She hurriedly puts peanut butter and jelly on torn pieces of bread and also adds mayonnaise. She puts these in paper bags with loose M&Ms.


What did Joanna leave on the deck of the boat that caused her to fall overboard?

Joanna is lying in bed when she realizes she left her wedding ring on the deck. She asks her husband to get it, but he refuses, so she steps outside and falls overboard.


What's Dean's favorite hangout with the boys?

There are many scenes that take place in Dean's favorite bowling alley. It's where he says he goes every night after dinner.


What foreign language does Joanna start speaking out of the blue, surprising​ even herself?

Joanna is heard speaking French at the beginning of the film. Then, out of the blue at a barbecue, she begins to speak it again. However, she doesn't remember that she could speak French in the first place.


When Joanna refuses to sleep with him at their first night at his house in the woods, what does he reply?

As Dean pretends to be drunk and collapses on her, she refuses, so he says, "What, no boom boom?" She replies, "No boom boom."


When Dean first meets Joanna on the boat, what is she wearing?

Joanna first appears wearing a bathing suit with a white coat. This ensemble is accentuated by gold military shoulder pads and a sparkly silver hair scrunchie.


What trick do the four boys play on Joanna?

When the boys glue her hands to plates, she serves them a pie on one of the plates and then douses them with a hose in revenge.


Dean's best friend, Billy, wants the miniature golf course to be called,"Sink 'Em and Drink 'Em," but Joanna suggests what theme instead?

By suggesting this global theme, Joanna sparks the men's imaginations and begins to design the themed course herself.


The boys get sent home from school with what medical problem?

A mean teacher thinks the kids are malingering, but once Joanna shows up to school, she points out that the boys are itching from head to toe. Once home to treat them for poison oak exposure, Joanna discovers that she has a poison oak rash, as well.


When she is teaching the youngest boy to read, what gift does he give to Joanna?

Joanna puts the necklace on with pride, and the little boy asks her if she's ever going to leave, because "sometimes moms leave."


When Joanna uses a chainsaw in the yard, she manages to take the head off of what?

Joanna ruins many things while wielding a chainsaw; She takes the head off a scarecrow, rips through a basket, and finally destroys a fence.


When Dean lies and says that he's out bowling, where else does she catch him?

One night, he goes bowling without his bowling ball. This is when Joanna discovers that he's working a second job hauling fertilizer.


"Overboard" was directed by which acclaimed director?

Garry Marshall is responsible for some of the greatest comedies of the '80s. "Overboard" is a typical upbeat Gary Marshall romantic comedy.


In what state is Dean's modest cabin home?

His cabin is on the Oregon coast, where Joanna's yacht just so happened to get stuck while in need of repairs.


When Joanna has a dream at night about her wealthy past, what is she doing in the dream?

As Joanna lies on the couch with water leaking on her, she dreams that she's at a New Years celebration with a piano player nearby and a glass of champagne in her hand.


What does Joanna find in the glove compartment of Dean's car, which makes her think he's cheating?

Joanna finds a lavender pair of panties with the initials J.S. She thinks this means that Dean is cheating, but she doesn't realize that the panties are her own.


Dean tells the story of two fictional lovers who are reunited at sea. What are the names of the pair?

Catarina and Arturo are two characters that drown searching for each other in the ocean. At the end of "Overboard," Joanna and Dean emulate their story by jumping into the water and reuniting.


When Dean decides to get Joanna back, what does he use to get out to her yacht?

Dean and the kids ride out on a Coast Guard boat towards Joanna, to win her back. Apparently, his character had friends in high places.


What iconic garment is Joanna wearing when she jumps off the boat to reunite with Dean?

While wearing one of the most stunning outfits in the movie, Joanna jumps into the water. She's wearing a gold sequin gown and the macaroni necklace the young boy gave her. A member of the Coast Guard says, "Woman overboard! She's wearing an evening dress, sir."


In the movie, where does Joanna's mother have a luxurious apartment?

There are frequent calls to and from her mother, and these scenes take place within her mother's luxury Manhattan apartment, where she has servants and a little dog.


What drinking skill does Joanna teach the crew of the yacht?

While her husband is upstairs, Joanna goes down below and shows the guys how to take shots of Tequila, using salt and lime.


After Joanna rediscovers who she is and returns to the yacht, what bachelor meal does Dean make for dinner?

Dean makes a meal in frustration, now that Joanna is gone. At a loss for how to cook, he puts two cans of SpaghettiOs in a pot and throws in a handful of Ritz crackers.


What do Joanna and Dean toast with on her fake birthday?

Joanna and Dean go outside onto the patio to look at the water and make a toast, sipping a $7 bottle of Champagne that Joanna exclaims cost a fortune. She exclaims, "I've never tasted anything quite like this."


What pet do the boys have that disgusts Joanna?

The pet turtle ends up in her sink one morning, and then the next day, it's in the bathtub. She is none too thrilled about these events.


Dean's best friend, "Bad Billy Pratt," says which of these genius lines?

Billy says this to Joanna when he lies, telling her the panties were from some girl he slept with. He tells her they used the back of Dean's truck.


How much money did Joanna pay Dean to fix her closet on the yacht?

She refused to pay for his work because she wanted the closet made of cedar, and he made it out of oak. He fell overboard after that, and she threw his tools in after him.


When Joanna asks Dean how old she is, he lies and tells her she's 29, but how old was Goldie Hawn when she made this movie?

Goldie Hawn was 42 when she made "Overboard," and she seemed quite pleased when Kurt Russell's character lied to her and told her she was only 29.


When Joanna returns to her true husband, Grant, what does he say he was doing in her absence?

As Joanna tries to escape, Grant tells her that other women are interested in him, and admits that he was, indeed, "whacking the donkey with painted ladies."


"Overboard" takes place in the fictitious town of Elk Cove, OR, but where was the film actually shot?

Filmed in picturesque Mendocino on the Pacific coast, the location provided lush redwood forest and plenty of water access for filming the yacht.


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