The Appointments of Dennis Jennings

The Appointments of Dennis Jennings is a 1988 American short comedy film, starring, co-written and co-produced by Steven Wright, which won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 61st Academy Awards in 1988.[1]

The Appointments of Dennis Jennings
Directed byDean Parisot
Produced byDean Parisot
Steven Wright
Written byMike Armstrong
Steven Wright
StarringSteven Wright
Rowan Atkinson
Laurie Metcalf
Distributed byHBO
Release date
Running time
29 minutes
CountryUnited States


Dennis Jennings (Steven Wright) is an introvert, showing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, paranoia, and a troubled youth. He works as a waiter and has an indifferent girlfriend, Emma, who only seems to patronize him. The "appointments" are with his psychiatrist (Rowan Atkinson), who is annoyed with him and uninterested in what he has to say. After finding his doctor sharing his (Dennis's) intimate secrets with a group of fellow psychiatrists at a bar, and then finding that his girlfriend is cheating on him with the doctor, Dennis decides he has had enough. He hunts the doctor, shoots him, and goes to jail afterwards.[2]



Steven Wright--- Dennis JenningsPeter Maloney--- Dr. Wilson
Rowan Atkinson--- Dr. SchoonerMichael Mantell--- Businessman
Laurie Metcalf--- EmmaBill McCutcheon--- Man on TV
Carrotte--- Laughing PsychiatristMick Muldoon--- Repairman
Christopher Durang--- Laughing PsychiatristRochelle Oliver--- Woman on TV
Martha Gehman--- LisaDavid Hyde Pierce (credited as David Pierce)--- Businessman
Joe Grifasi--- BartenderMike Starr--- Doorman
Thomas Ikeda--- Laughing PsychiatristJohn Tillinger--- Psychiatrist Drawing
Dana Ivey--- Newscaster
Damian Young--- Businessman


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