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Caddyshack (1980)  IMDB   Website
Genre Comedy/Slapstick MPAA R
Director Harold Ramis Rating
Writer Brian Doyle-Murray Runtime 99 minutes
Producer Jon Peters Type Movie
Cinematographer Stevan Larner Format DVD
Studio Orin Pictures / Orion / Warner Brothers Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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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 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. --- Jeremy Beday
Actor / Character

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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
Mel Pape ..... Butler
Fred Buch ..... Angry Husband
Ann Ryerson ..... Grace
Frank Schuller ..... Charlie the Cook
Cordis Heard ..... Wally
Jackie Davis ..... Smoke
Brian McConnachie ..... Scott
Brian Doyle-Murray ..... Lou Loomis
Allison Caine ..... [Voice]
Thomas A. Carlin ..... Sandy MacReedy (sp?)
Bruce McLaughlin ..... Old Crony
Hamilton Mitchell ..... Motormouth
Review

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The frustrating difficulty of golf makes it the perfect sport to spoof in a movie...and there's no better one than Harold Ramis' 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. --- Patrick Legare

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