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Scavenger Hunt
     

Scavenger Hunt

Director: Michael Schultz, Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Scatman Crothers

Cast: Michael Schultz, Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Scatman Crothers

 

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When millionaire Vincent Price dies, he leaves a riotous will which amounts to a scavenger hunt, the winner of which receives the entire willed fortune. So 15 potential heirs are sent on a zany quest where they must outrace and outsmart one another to inherit the big bucks.

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When millionaire Vincent Price dies, he leaves a riotous will which amounts to a scavenger hunt, the winner of which receives the entire willed fortune. So 15 potential heirs are sent on a zany quest where they must outrace and outsmart one another to inherit the big bucks.

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All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
This utterly wretched comedy succeeds in at least one respect: it captures the most hideous overtones of the late 1970s. Moreover, the film so wallows in desperation that it first becomes exhausting, and then horrifically depressing. Watching it, we get the very same stomach-turning sensation that we encounter from glancing at the LP cover of Cheech and Chong's 'Wedding Album' (with the Siamese twin bridegrooms and the bride with the vomit-stained brown paper bag over her head) or watching those Anatominal X-rated Yogi Bear parodies on SNL. Scavenger Hunt doesn't quite stoop to the vileness of those efforts (it is, after all, intended as 'family friendly'), but it qualifies as equally unfunny - mind-blowingly so. From then-obese Stuart Pankin's trip to the Jack-in-the-Box (shamelessly ripped off from the Animal House cafeteria scene), to Richard Mulligan's unconvincing drunk act, to a deathbed Vincent Price pushed over the proverbial cliff by his Anna Nicole-like buxom blonde mistress, nothing - not a single godforsaken miserable moment of this movie - elicits so much as one laugh. And that only makes the film's once-in-a-lifetime assemblage of late-Me Decade stars (Cloris Leachman, Tony Randall, Cleavon Little, Dick Benjamin, and many, many others) that much more unforgivable. How in the world Michael Schultz and his scripters (John Thompson, Steven Vail, and Gerry Woolery) managed to come up with such a dog, when they had such vast talent at their disposal, is baffling. The picture's catchy end-titles song, by Scatman Crothers (with a Johnny Rivers-esque female chorus), provides its one and only saving grace, and earns this film half a star. Otherwise, don't say you weren't warned. A footnote for the insistent: Hal Kanter's obscure 1980 telemovie For the Love of It captures some of the same zany overtones for which Scavenger Hunt strives - and throws in some off-the-wall surrealism as well. Even it will never be mistaken for a masterpiece, but it can at least be deemed 'watchable,' which is more than can be said for this groaner.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2017
UPC:
0738329208615
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
916

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Benjamin Stuart Selsome
James Coco Henri
Scatman Crothers Sam
Cloris Leachman Mildred Carruthers
Cleavon Little Jackson
Roddy McDowall Jenkins
Robert Morley Bernstein
Richard Mulligan Marvin Dummitz
Tony Randall Henry Motley
Dirk Benedict Jeff Stevens
Willie Aames Kenny Stevens
Stephanie Faracy Babette
Richard Masur Georgie Carruthers
Avery Schreiber Zoo Keeper
Stuart Pankin Duane
Maureen Teefy Lisa
Hal Landon Cornfield
Vincent Price Milton Parker
Emory Bass Actor
Ruth Buzzi Actor
Missy Francis Actor
Stephen Furst Merle
Julie Anne Haddock Actor
David Hollander Actor
Pat McCormick Barker
Meat Loaf Scum
Arnold Schwarzenegger Actor
Shane Sinutko Actor
Liz Torres Lady Zero
Carol Wayne Nurse
Henry Polic Actor
Ruth Gordon Arvilla Droll
Jerry Fujikawa Sakamato

Technical Credits
Michael Schultz Director
Ed Baer Set Decoration/Design
Richard G. Berger Art Director
Philip C. Cory Special Effects
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
Christopher Holmes Editor
Don Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Lamkin Cinematographer
Paul Maslansky Co-producer
Daniel McCauley Asst. Director
Benjamin Rosenberg Asst. Director
Melvin Simon Executive Producer
Ray Svedin Special Effects
John Thompson Screenwriter
Steven A. Vail Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Jon Parker Ward Stunts
Gerry Woolery Screenwriter

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