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Club Paradise
     

Club Paradise

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Director: Harold Ramis,

Cast: Harold Ramis, Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, Rick Moranis

 

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Harold Ramis's comedy farce Club Paradise stars Robin Williams as Jack Moniker, a Chicago fireman injured in the line of duty, who uses his disability money to open up a run-down Caribbean resort. Jack eagerly awaits the planeload of tourists who will be his first patrons. This group of low-rent jackanapes include Barry Nye (Rick Moranis) and Barry Steinberg

Overview

Harold Ramis's comedy farce Club Paradise stars Robin Williams as Jack Moniker, a Chicago fireman injured in the line of duty, who uses his disability money to open up a run-down Caribbean resort. Jack eagerly awaits the planeload of tourists who will be his first patrons. This group of low-rent jackanapes include Barry Nye (Rick Moranis) and Barry Steinberg (Eugene Levy), a couple of horny geek bachelors; Phillipa Lloyd (Twiggy) and Terry Hamlin (Joanna Cassidy) as a couple of gals on the make; and Linda White (Andrea Martin), as a bossy American tourist. While the tourists shindig around Jack's ramshackle resort, a revolution is brewing on the island headed by revolutionary Ernest Reed (Jimmy Cliff). Trying to prevent the revolutionary upheaval is the dissipated British governor-general of the island, Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes (Peter O'Toole), and the pompous Prime Minister Solomon Gundy (Adolph Caesar).

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
Upon release in the summer of 1986, Club Paradise earned mostly dreadful reviews, with a few critical excoriations so harsh that they anticipated the bilious rants unfairly directed at Elaine May's Ishtar a year later. Looking at Paradise today, it's about as successful as the May film - i.e., neither a comedy classic nor a total disaster, competently made and fitfully enjoyable though far from truly great. It's a studio contrivance to be sure - you can almost hear the pitch of "Caddyshack, set on a Caribbean island" (and that's presumably what producer Michael Shamberg was aiming for, given the fact that 'Shack director Harold Ramis helms this and that Bill Murray was initially attached to star). Those expectations probably set the bar too high - at no point does Paradise achieve the delirious comic heights or manic inventiveness of that earlier movie. But neither does that seem to be the film's intention; as its PG-13 rating suggests, this is a much kindler, gentler entertainment than Caddyshack, that would rather weave an genial spell than go for shocking gross-out gags. As the lead, Robin Williams gives a turn that is refreshingly subdued (at least for him); as a result, he clears the way for excellent work by the SCTV-heavy supporting ensemble, especially Eugene Levy and Rick Moranis as a couple of geeky swingers anxious to get laid, Joe Flaherty as a moronic airline pilot with impaired vision, and Andrea Martin and Steven Kampmann as a married couple attempting to repair their strained relationship. Throughout the film there are numerous funny moments and scenes, such as a crisis involving the broken shower in Martin's room, a subplot involving Moranis and a disastrous sailboat excursion, and one absolutely brilliant sight gag involving a Rastafarian chef that practically makes the whole film worthwhile. The picture as a whole is uneven - you wish there were more to like - but it makes for an amiable-enough viewing experience that the harsh reviews seem way off-target. The sight of gorgeous co-star Twiggy scampering around the beach in short shorts and a t-shirt, and the easy rhythms of Jimmy Cliff's reggae music on the soundtrack, add much to the movie's pleasantries.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
UPC:
0012569734029
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
12,989

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; English & French language tracks; English, French and Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Jack Moniker
Peter O'Toole Gov. Anthony Croyden Hayes
Rick Moranis Barry Nye
Jimmy Cliff Ernest Reed
Twiggy Phillipa Lloyd
Adolph Caesar Prime Minister Solomon Gundy
Eugene Levy Barry Steinberg
Joanna Cassidy Terry Hamlin
Andrea Martin Linda White
Brian Doyle-Murray Voit Zerbe
Steven Kampmann Randy White
Wallis Nicita Actor
Joe Flaherty Pilot
Robin Duke Mary Lou
Mary Gross Jackie
Simon Jones Loby Prooth
Antoinette Bower Pamela
Peter Bromilow Nigel
Christopher Meredith Flamboyant
Carey Lowell Fashion Model
Bill W. Curry Helmut
Bobby Ghisays Sheik
Louis Zorich Swiss Businessman
Bruce McGill Dave the Fireman
Carl Bradshaw Cab Driver
Kashka Jail Cell Guard
Charles Hyatt Mr. Banks
Arthur Brown Opposition Leader
Joe Dorsey Data Processing Supervisor

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director,Screenwriter
Trevor Albert Associate Producer
Roy Charman Sound/Sound Designer
Jimmy Cliff Songwriter
Brian Doyle-Murray Screenwriter
John Graysmark Production Designer
Alan Greisman Executive Producer
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Janis Hirsch Screenwriter
Tom Leopold Screenwriter
David Mansfield Score Composer
William Matthews Production Designer
Chris Miller Original Story,Screenwriter
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Tony Reading Art Director
Marion Rothman Editor
Michael Shamberg Producer
Harry Shearer Screenwriter
Bob Smith Cinematographer
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Club Paradise
1. Hanging Up His Hose [4:06]
2. Credits [3:19]
3. Grisly Chitchat [2:52]
4. Two Weeks Notice [5:28]
5. Too Political [2:06]
6. Lured to Paradise [4:23]
7. Unhappy Landing [2:25]
8. Sizing Things Up [4:32]
9. Couple of Mos [2:09]
10. Linda Gets High [3:27]
11. Way to Play [3:39]
12. Shower Power [1:42]
13. Looking to Score [4:38]
14. Joint Around the Joint [3:33]
15. Limber Limboing [2:11]
16. Sell or Else [4:32]
17. Tops Down [3:05]
18. Clothes Gone [3:07]
19. Lost [4:29]
20. Found at the Competition [4:33]
21. Their Time Has Come [1:36]
22. Time to Operate [1:46]
23. Breakfast Jump-Up [2:31]
24. Not on His Conscience [3:31]
25. Barry's Reunion [2:48]
26. No Revolution Today [3:09]
27. Potted/End Credits [5:39]

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Club Paradise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Great casting. Living on a Caribbean island I can relate to everything in this movie. True to life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago