Overboard (1987) was a
funny, romantic comedy that starred Goldie Hawn as
Joanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt and Kurt Russell as Dean
Proffitt. The movie was loosely based on a 1974
foreign film called Swept Away. The movie
received mixed reviews back in the day, but was liked by
Roger Ebert among others. The movie was
profitable, and continues to be a huge hit with new old
In this movie, Russell
plays the role of Dean, a small town carpenter who has
been hired to renovate the closets, on a ship in port,
owned by the uppity Joanna Slayton (Hawn). Joanna
is a spoiled, haughty, and generally unlikable heiress.
After he finishes the job, she refuses to pay him due to
the wood he choose, and he pushes him overboard along
with his tools. That evening, she falls off the
boat, gets a bout of amnesia, and ends up in the
hospital. When her husband comes to pick her up,
he quickly realizes her mental state will give him a
certain amount of tantalizing freedom, so he denies
knowing her and instead anchors up the boat for a big
party. Widower Dean, on the other hand, hears
about her plight, and decides to get even by making her
think she is his wife, and mother to his four boys.
At first, Joanna, who
now thinks she is Annie Proffitt, has a hard time
acclimating to taking care of four energetic boys and
keeping house. As time goes on, Joanna and Dean
begin falling in love, but Dean is afraid to tell her
the truth for fear she might leave him and his boys.
When her husband finally returns for her, Joanna gets
her memory back, and is not only hurt by Dean's
deception, but also disgusted by her previous life.
In the end, she realizes her husband is a ditz, and Dean
is her true love, so they reunite and end up living
happily ever after.