Caddyshack
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Caddyshack

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Director: Harold Ramis

Cast: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray

     
 

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The smash success Caddyshack became a prototype for countless other wacky T&A-tinged teen comedies of the early 1980s. At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order toSee more details below

Overview

The smash success Caddyshack became a prototype for countless other wacky T&A-tinged teen comedies of the early 1980s. At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favor of the elitist Judge Smails (Ted Knight), then the caddy golf tournament which the good judge sponsors. Of course, there are love interests as well -- one good, one naughty -- not to mention several foes he must vanquish along the way. The story itself serves to string along a series of slapstick scenes involving an obnoxious nouveau riche land developer (Rodney Dangerfield) who wants to turn the site into a condominium community; an oddball, Zen-quoting, millionaire slacker/golf ace (Chevy Chase); and a psychotic groundskeeper (Bill Murray) with a gopher-fixation. Caddyshack was a bona fide hit; throughout the '80s and '90s, director Harold Ramis would continue to create such hits as Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A free-wheeling, irreverent comedy featuring some of the screen's top funnymen, Caddyshack employed the same brand of cheerfully anarchic, low-brow humor that made Animal House a smash hit just two years earlier. In this 1980 romp, the members of a posh country club are terrorized by the arrival of Rodney Dangerfield, portraying a nouveau riche slob who cracks tasteless jokes about everything, including his own flatulence ("Oooh! What, did somebody step on a duck?"). Chevy Chase is appropriately droll as a wealthy idler who applies zen principles to his golf game, and Bill Murray engages in periodic scene-stealing as a goofy grounds-keeper beset with gopher problems. To balance all the oddball characterizations, sitcom regular Ted Knight is cast as one of the club's most dyspeptic members, and surprisingly, he makes for an admirable straight man. Director Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) never allows the plot to intrude upon the zany antics of his gifted players, who keep Caddyshack moving at a giddy pace.
All Movie Guide
The frustrating difficulty of golf makes it the perfect sport to spoof in a movie...and there's no better one than Harold Ramis's 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack. Featuring a plethora of comic superstars, Caddyshack is a virtual cavalcade of gags that range from inspired to twisted to sublimely gross. The cast includes Ted Knight as Bushwood Country Club's anal-retentive owner, Rodney Dangerfield as a super-rich and super-obnoxious contractor, Chevy Chase as an excellent, but very quirky golfer, and Bill Murray as Bushwood's assistant greenskeeper and resident nut-job. In a film loaded with improvised gags and dialogue, it's the very scripted Dangerfield who steals every scene he's in with his trademark barbs laying into Knight's prim-and-proper Judge Smails with remorseless delight. The film's biggest undoing is its lack of a foundation in the script: it can't seem to figure out whether to focus on wry caddy Danny Noonan's (Michael O'Keefe) quest for a scholarship or to stay with its quartet of comedy superstars. Fortunately, while many gag scenes fail to progress the plot, they are genuine gutbusters: Knight launching his putter into a restaurant full of senior citizens, Dangerfield hitting a drive directly into Knight's groin ("I shoulda yelled two"), the "doody-in-the-pool" scene, or the splendid Fourth of July party that culminates in the Judge's nephew guzzling a drink spiked with a cigarette butt. Caddyshack is crude and may lack the finesse and ingenious story of a more notorious comedy classic such as Some Like It Hot, but it has garnered a strong cult fanbase who would certainly argue it as being one of the funniest films ever made.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2010
UPC:
0883929112654
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
2,384

Special Features

Retrospective featurette Caddyshack: the 19th hole; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chevy Chase Ty Webb
Rodney Dangerfield Al Czervik
Bill Murray Carl Spackler
Michael O'Keefe Danny Noonan
Ted Knight Judge Smails
Sarah Holcomb Maggie O'Hooligan
Cindy Morgan Lacey Underall
Scott Colomby Tony D'Annunzio
Dan Resin Dr. Beeper
Henry Wilcoxon Bishop
Elaine Aiken Mrs. Noonan
Albert Salmi Noonan
Ann Ryerson Grace
Brian Doyle-Murray Lou Loomis
Hamilton Mitchell Motormouth
Brian McConnachie Scott
Cordis Heard Wally
Jackie Davis Smoke
Thomas A. Carlin Sandy MacReedy
Fred Buch Angry Husband
Frank Schuller Charlie the Cook
Mel Pape Butler
Bruce McLaughlin Old Crony
Allison Caine Voice Only
Minerva Scelza Joey D'Nunzio
John F. Barmon Spaulding Smails

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director,Screenwriter
David Bretherton Editor
William Carruth Editor
Brian Doyle-Murray Screenwriter
Stan Jolley Production Designer
Stan Jolly Producer
Douglas Kenney Producer,Screenwriter
Stevan Larner Cinematographer
Kenny Loggins Songwriter
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Bill Murray Screenwriter
Wallis Nicita Casting
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Ted Adams Swanson Production Manager
George Szeptycki Art Director
Dave Thomas Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Caddyshack
1. Rise and Shine [4:39]
2. Career Advice [1:23]
3. Being the Ball [1:43]
4. Gopher Alert [2:09]
5. Caddy to the Dalai Lama [1:54]
6. Tony's Tough Day [2:15]
7. On the Line [1:48]
8. Here Comes Al Czervik [2:47]
9. On the Fairway With AI [4:29]
10. Gophers and Clubs [5:36]
11. 4th of July Dance [8:17]
12. Ladies Man, Carl [2:26]
13. Invitations [3:17]
14. Pool Party [3:41]
15. Everybody Out! [2:06]
16. Swingers [4:14]
17. Ahoy, Snobs! [5:33]
18. Tea and No Sympathy [2:23]
19. Carl: Masters Champion [1:37]
20. Religious Experience [1:52]
21. Pals [4:44]
22. Snobs vs Snobs [4:36]
23. Buddies For Life [5:49]
24. Showdown On the Links [4:06]
25. A New Contestant [4:18]
26. Home of Stretch Blues [2:56]
27. Winning is a Blast! [3:01]
28. End Credits [3:57]

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