Mr. Destiny

Mr. Destiny is a comedy fantasy about Larry, an ordinary man, living an ordinary life who suffers an emotional crises on his 35th birthday and yearns for the exciting life he might have had. He traces his life's failures back to a high school championship baseball game where at a crucial moment he struck out. One night his delapidated car breaks down in front of a bar. Inside the bar he meets a mysterious bartender, Mr. Destiny, who offers Larry a cocktail called "spilt milk". After the drink, Larry finds his entire life has been altered. Instead of striking out he hit a home run, and by changing that one incident his entire destiny is completely different. He is married to the prom queen and extremely wealthy. Instead of a sweet, friendly guy, he is now a ruthless tycoon who has laid off great numbers of people and whom everyone hates. Before long he begins yearning for his simpler life.

  • Starring: James Belushi and Michael Caine
  • Director(s): James Orr
  • Producer(s): Touchstone / Buena Vista
  • Screenwriter(s): James Orr, Jim Cruickshank
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Thursday, August 16, 1990
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

In Larry's simple life, he had an adoring pet dog called Hercules, but in Larry's affluent existence even Hercules doesn't like him and chases Larry up a tree. One night while Larry is speeding through a deserted city street in his expensive sports car, he catches sight of a dog in his headlights. He jams on his brakes but it is too late, he has hit the dog. He jumps out of the car to attend to the dog lying in the street and sobs when he realizes that the dog is Hercules. This scene was shot in cuts. There was no contact between the car and the dog. You see a close up of the dog and then a shot of the car swerving and then the dog laying in the street afterwards.