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- classic comedy
I was shocked that this wasn't in our VHS library, so I bought the DVD.
There's a lot going on at the exclusive Bushwood Country Club. Caddy Danny Noonan is hoping for the caddy scholarship, and his best bet is to kiss up to Judge Smails (Ted Knight). Judge Smails meets his nemesis in the uncouth Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), who's thinking of buying the club. Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) is a rich playboy who refuses to take anything seriously and is full of skewed advice for Danny, who he takes under his wing.
And then there's Carl Spackler (Bill Murray), the assistant groundskeeper who's tasked with killing the golfers... er... gophers.
This is such a classic comedy. I was surprised at how long it had been since I'd seen it, because so many of the scenes remained so vivid--the Baby Ruth bar in the pool, "see the ball, be the ball," the multiple attacks on the gophers.
I was about to say that this was a comedy without a message, but I realized it's not, really--it's about pretension. You end up rooting for the characters without it--Ty, Danny, and even Carl and Al--and sneering at the pretentious caddies and Judge Smails.
One thing I didn't really remember from watching this before: Chevy Chase was surprisingly hot. Or maybe I'm just drawn to quirkiness.
Anyway, fun stuff. ...more info
- Bring back the King of Deadpan Chevy Chase.
Caddyshack without a carmudgeon of doubt has to be regarded as one the funniest films of all time. It is the epitome of hilarity and quite possibly the greatest film involving the sport of golf ever to be made. (Dont attempt to mention Happy Gilmore in the same breath unless you've seen this film. Even after viewing it that opinion will be considerably less valid.) The only slight flaw you will notice while viewing Caddyshack is the fact that it appears slightly dated but this is mainly due to the eccentric nature of Rodney Dangerfield's wardrobe which does not concur with any date or period and also his golf gear; (i.e. the stereo that is built into his multicoloured golf bag.)
The film assembles an all-star cast for its time. This includes the irrepressable Rodney Dangerfield. The late Dangerfield will be most remembered for his clinical, sharp and cutting one-liners and this is exemplified with great bravado and exuberance through his character Al Czervik, a wealthy property magnate. Thus providing Mr. Dangerfield with a perfect character to play. Caddyshack was shot during the peak of his comedic powers.
Despite this fact it is a young and budding Bill Murray who steals the show, something which he has made quite a habit of doing throughout his career. Murray plays a semi-retarded, stoner, greenskeeper by the name of Carl Spackler, enough said. It is also fact that Murray improvised the majority of his part, including the Dalai Lama speech which by the way will leave you in tears of laughter.
Cheevy Chase also exudes comedic genius throughout the film. Chase combines some very subtle physical comedy; (i.e. The tequila drinking scene where he sniffs the salt, throws the tequila shot over his shoulder and puts the lemon in his eye.) with some pearls of deadpan wisdom without batting an eye to those around him. This film epitomises Chases' painfully brilliant talent and easygoing screen presence that sadly has gone awol in recent times.
Ted Knight is another all-star who plays the obnoxious Judge Elihu Smails. Knights' character is the representation of the snooty, old-fashioned nature of the golf establishment. Knight plays the dithering and arrogant Judge Smails with a surprising amount of charm and once the film has reached its conclusion he is left with little dignity in his lack of decorum. Brilliant.
Chevy Chases' protege in the film is the character of Danny Noonan played with great vulnerability, bravery and charm by Michael O'Keefe, think Matthew Broderick pre-Matthew Broderick.
Despite the all-star ensemble the lesser characters also play a major part in making this film a classic. Not to mention the characters Spaulding Smails and Lacey Underhall played by the beautiful Cindy Morgan.
All thats left to say about this film is watch the bloody thing if you haven't already and repeat this process if you have....more info
- Caddyshack Review
Not as funny as I remember, but I still am a fan of Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, and Bill Murray. The gopher joke is still hilarious, and I miss Rodney - not around to kick any more....more info
- My All-time Favorite Movie
Bill Murray and Chevy Chase at their best! I am 66 years old and I still get a kick out of this movie. I've turned my grandkids on to it and they agree. ...more info
I used to live at Rolling Hills Golf and Country Club where CADDYSHACK was filmed, and from my third floor apartment overlooking the eighteenth hole I got to hear every line of dialogue in this film repeated ad nauseam by wannabe Rodneys, Chevys, Teds and Bill Murrays. I also got to see careless golfers' carts tip over, dumping them into the lake, something that should have been in this film, but wasn't.
Frankly, I've never understood why CADDYSHACK rates so very high amongst comedies. The individual comedic performances are consistently very funny (and in Rodney Dangerfield's case, truly inspired), but this film always has struck me as LESS than the sum of its parts.
In CADDYSHACK I always feel as though I'm watching a dozen competing stand-up acts a la the cable show MAKE ME LAUGH. The various bits (such as the infamous pool scene) are individually hilarious. Unfortunately, none of it meshes comfortably into a cohesive whole, and I never find myself wholeheartedly enjoying this film.
And, considering it was an afterthought anyhow, I wish they'd lose the gopher entirely. Man, that shtick is just plain dumb. ...more info
- As the years go by, the perfection of his achievement only becomes more obvious
There haven't been many actors that gave a perfect performance in a film. Maybe just Brando in the Godfather, Eli Wallach in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and Ted Knight, here, in Caddyshack.
As the years go by, the perfection of his achievement only becomes more obvious. If the Academy had any credibility at all, they would honor Ted Knight with a posthumous Academy Award for this performance....more info
- WAY OVERRATED AS A COMEDY CLASSIC
I just finished watching this DVD after hearing so much about it for the past 25 years since it was first released. Quite frankly, the reverence bestowed upon this flick is just totally beyond my level of comprehension - it's essentially a b-grade drive-in movie, nothing more, nothing less. The best thing going for Caddyshack is the presence of Rodney Dangerfield. As for Bill Murray, has he ever really been funny throughout his career as a comedic actor? His fan base must be teenagers high on drugs, because I've never been able to see the hilarity in his deadpan smugness. And don't get me started on Chevy Chase - his most redeeming quality is mortality!...more info
- Be the Ball... I'm Alright
I strictly got it and the gopher toy because I am a fan of the one and only Kenny Loggins. This was his debut as "movie soundtrack king" although he did compose I Believe in Love for another John Peters filmA Star Is Born (1976 Film) and later covered the tune himself. The gopher is so hilarious. It's a shame the sequel didn't work out well......more info
one of the best movies of all time. everyone should buy a coppy. CANNONBALL....more info
- Caddyshack DVD
I am very satisfied with my recent purchase of CaddyShack in DVD format.
It arrived in a timely manner and was in excellent shape. We watched the movie and had no problems....more info
I love the part when the 2 teenage guys are fighting over the Coke,and I also love the scenes with the gopher.The Bishop saying"Ratfarts!" is funny,too....more info
- A timeless classic.
Still a classic after all these years. I remember watching this as I grew up. You can watch this over and over again and still laugh at the jokes. ...more info
In terms of the world's greatest comedies, I would place Caddyshack near the top of the list. In terms of hilarity, I think it's slightly ahead of Stripes and just behind Blazing Saddles and Animal House. Every single line that comes out of Rodney Dangerfield's mouth is absolutely precious. After a little while, you become like Pavlov's dog as you are conditioned to laugh every time that he shows his face. I've seen this movie ten times and I still howl whenever it's on. The lines that Dangerfield says to Ted Knight and his wife are awesome ("hey honey, you must have been something before electricity" and "do you want to make 14 bucks the hard way?"). Knight himself is a riot--"I've sentenced boys younger than yourself to the gas chamber." Even the dancing gopher is a great character. On the whole, it's hard to imagine a better cast of characters. Bill Murray is better than he was on most of his SNL skits and you could also say the same thing about Chevy Chase. I'm very envious of Harold Ramis's talent as I don't know how this dialogue was ever created in the first place. The humor is so distilled that it lasts for nearly 100 minutes. Other than some of the Kenny Loggins background music, this film is close to being perfect.
- Cinderella Story...
The first time I saw this movie I just had my wisdom teeth removed. As Carl the greenskeeper teed up the flowers and drove them into oblivion, I laughed so hard I popped out half the stitches in my mouth. It was well worth it.
The movie has a all-star cast of comics doing everything you always thought went on behind the scenes at an elite country club. Nothing is sacred. This may have been Ted Knight's last movie role. At least he went out on top.
This DVD is definitely not going into the "lumberyard". ...more info
Caddyshack is movie is overly funny, it is just like a National Lampoon and pretty  cool.!
a must see!...more info
- All time great
If you haven't seen this movie yet you must!!
Triple it with Fletch and Summer Rental and I guarantee you'll be laughing all night unless you're one of those people that will purposely consider nothing funny for the sole purpose of starting a review "I didn't find this movie funny" because you want to be 'different than everyone else' which is quite funny because just about every teenager I know has the same personality I just described... in short, YOU ARE A LEMMING if you are this type. LOL!
Worth buying, you'll like it everytime you watch it....more info
- Great Movie
It's a classic movie there are just so many funny moments.
I am definitely glad I bought the movie....more info
- Funny Movie
The movie is funny and even our young kids liked it. I remember when it first came out and the jokes are still good....more info
- Comedy On The Links
Caddyshack is a hilarious comedy about golfers at a country club. Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray lead the cast down the fairways of laughter and mayhem. With all of the one liners and mixture of different actors, Caddyshack will not disappoint. Some mild language and some nudity, would still recommend for mature audiences. One of my favorite Chevy Chase films along with Vacation....more info
- Hey Wang, what's with the pictures? It's a parking lot!.
The mark of a classic movie, I feel, is the number of quotable lines it has. This one is filled to the brim - "It's in the hole" - "When you die, you will have total conscientiousness. So I got that going for me, which is nice." - "This is my friend Wang, no offense." - "Hey, you musta been somethin' before electricity" - "That's the worst looking hat I ever saw... looks good on you thought." - "Somebody step on a duck?" - "Gunga, Gunga Gungalunga" OK, I'll stop.
Three of the funniest men in comedy - Bill, Rodney, Chevy all give great performances. Laugh out loud great. Ted Knight is wonderful too as the man you love to hate.
Yes, the plot is silly and the interplay among the minor players is less fun than the wise cracking of Chevy, Rodney and Bill. But don't let that discourage you.
I say buy it just to listen to Rodney, his timing is perfect, his one-liners bust-a-gut funny - "This steak's got marks where the jockey was hittin' it". He was so funny - I miss him.
Probably one of the best comedies ever made and it holds up today. 5 stars!
- I'M ALRIGHT..THE GOPHER SWINGS
The dancing gopher is still a hoot to watch, swinging his stuff to Kenny Loggins' lively I'M ALRIGHT. CADDYSHACK has some truly funny moments; I didn't enjoy it as much as when I first viewed it twenty five years ago, but one can't deny the strength of the really funny parts...the Baby Ruth in the pool; Rodney Dangerfield's unleashed lunacy; and of course the battling Bill Murray vs. the gopher. Chevy Chase seems almost wasted in his role; Ted Knight is pretty funny as his usual bombastic self. The subplot involving caddy Michael O'Keefe doesn't have any really funny moments, but the movie's maniacal madness still offers plenty of laughs and is enjoyable to revisit....more info
- Deeper Than We Might Think
"Caddyshack" is often thought of as little more than entertainment and laughs. I received it as a gift, and probably would not have bought it on my own. But that said, it is interesting and deeper than we may have thought.
While it seems to be full of slapstick comedy, there are interesting aspects to it. The story seems to be attacking people who consider golf almost sacred, and people who think that because they belong to a club, they are above and beyond everyone else. (A doctor who is more worried about his golf scores than his patients, a judge who treats people quite contemptuously etc)
On the other hand, we have characters like Chevy Chase who just enjoy golf, and don't need to beat anyone or play for money. We also have Danny (a caddy) who is trying to do his job to make a future for himself.
Rodney Dangerfield is an interesting character who (in all his comedy) carries the theme of the movie. (Especially when he calls the club a 'snobitaurium') And he seems to be fully aware that there is nothing sacred about a country club.
It is also interesting that while the Judge is made to be the villain of the movie who hates everyone, he has some redeeming traits. (He loves his wife and is understandably hurt when Rodney makes a sexual business offer to her; he allows a student to clerk for him while he is finishing law school; and he is concerned when his friend, the Lutheran Bishop is drinking too much.) And to be fully honest, it is hard not to feel sorry for him when he comes home and finds his bed occupied by his niece and Danny. The judge is made out to be the bad guy in this story, but he is after all human.
Another fine point worth mentioning is the gradual reconciliation of Danny and another caddy who have been at odds with each other from the start of the film. (Early on, they are ready to have a fist exchange; he takes some verbal shots at Danny throughout; but somehow, we never really hate him; and in the end, he is cheering Danny on at the final golf game.)
The conflicts of ideology eventually lead up to an illegal tournament. And rather than it appearing to be over who is the better golfer, somehow we get the impression that it is the ego driven players versus the more human players. (The final triumph avoids the cliche ending and instead offers a hilarious conclusion with a bang.)
Granted, its not Shakespeare. But there is more interest in this film than we may have guessed. ...more info
- Watched it so many times I had to buy it
This and Princess Bride rank at the top of my watch over and over until I keel over comedy list. My fave scene is where Rodney confronts the 'ol Judge at the pro shop....more info
- Lots of witty dialogue, and lots of unforgettable hilarity
Caddy Danny Noonan (played by Michael O'Keefe) is somewhat lost in life, unsure of where he really wants to go. Danny's father insists that he go to college, so he sets out to win the caddy scholarship at the country club where he works. Judge Elihu Smails (Ted Knight) wants to maintain the country club as a bastion of stiff WASPishness, but soon finds himself resisting that crass nouveau riche, Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield). When Czervik challenges Smails to an illegal $20,000 golf match, it becomes the golf game of the millennium! [Color, released in 1980, with a running time of 1:38.]
OK. Where do I start with this movie? First of all, Rodney Dangerfield does an excellent job of portraying the insolent and insulting Al Czervik, showing off his talents to their best. The rest of the crew, including Ted Knight, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray, pull off great performances, making for some memorable events.
On the down side, the hilarious moments are strung between rudderless scenes that don't seem to help point the plot in any particular direction. Also, the presence of several nude scenes, which gave the movie its original R rating means that you may not want to watch this movie with the whole family.
But, don't take these criticisms too seriously. Yes, the plot of the movie is thin, and yes it's not for kids. But, what it is is a funny romp across the golf course, with lots of witty dialogue, and lots of unforgettable hilarity.
- Still my favorite comedy
I watch comedies constantly hoping to find one I rate higher than this, but it hasn't happened in 25 years so far.
Yes, it's stupid... that's not the point. The point is the best ensemble cast ever in a comedy. Most of Rodney's lines were from his act, and Chevy and Bill made it up as they went along -- hilarious. Ted Knight has never been funnier.
This film is billed as the "slobs against the snobs," and of course the slobs get the win at the end. However, one of the least appreciated lines in the film is a devastating put down pun from a rich guy to a poor one:
Danny (the poor caddy) shows up at the Yacht Club after mowing Judge Smails lawn. He's wearing a ridiculous captain's uniform.
Smails' grandson Spaulding takes one look at him and dismissively comments:
"Well... Ahoy Polloi!"
Brilliant. And if you don't get it, pick up a dictionary and look up hoi polloi. ...more info
The combination of Harold Ramis' direction, and the performances of Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and Ted Knight make this one of the funniest movies of all time. These people understand deadpan humor. The retrospective interviews are great, I just wish they would have gotten Murray and Dangerfield for the interviews. ...more info
- I Never Tire Of This Movie
Everytime it comes on TV I laugh. Caddyshack, a flop when it was released to the movie theatres is a classic comedy. There is not a bad or unfunny performance in this movie. It is as if every actor in this film was born for their respective parts. Rodney Dangerfield as the noveau riche real estate developer who encroaches on the staid Waspy old time members of Bushwood is great. It is his shining moment, he deserved an Oscar! And Bill Murray as the demented assistant Greens Keeper brings out the Tiger Woods in all of us.
Yes, this film is a bit dated, but still holds up well. A fantastically funny story, good acting, a great backdrop, and a soundtrack I still hum along too, what more can a comedy viewer ask for? Besides, you will find yourself letting out with quotes, like "While we're young." But who can forget Carl's question to the head Greens Keeper?
Carl Spackler: "Correct me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers they'll lock me up and throw away the key."
Sandy: "Not golfers, you great fool. Gophers. The *little* *brown*, *furry* *rodents*."
This one should be in everyone's comedy DVD library....more info
- It's funny, but it's not all it's cracked up to be...
I will admit that `Caddyshack' is severely overrated. Sure, it's funny and I found enjoyment out of the film in general, but it is no where near the laugh riot that many faithful devotees will have you thinking it is. That said, `Caddyshack' does have followers for a reason, and that is that it manages to tickle the funny bone on more than one occasion, and the star making comedic turns by many in the cast don't hurt the films iconic status.
The film revolves around a posh golf course that is being destroyed by a gopher as well as a loudmouthed new member. The film almost has no point other than to make fun of itself at every possible juncture, stringing along a slew of subplots involving a caddy contest and a doomed love affair in order to give the film a reason to exist, but when it all boils down to it there is no reason to watch other than the pointless gags and memorable one-liners.
The script is not as tightly woven as it could be; that is to say that the film is not very smart. This is kind of like the movie that is so dumb you can't help but laugh at it and since you laughed you repeat and tell you friends and then they watch it and laugh and then you all talk about it even though deep down you know the movie is kind of a waste; sort of like `Napoleon Dynamite', except this one stars Bill Murray so you think your adoration is justified, even though it's not. Just take a moment to let the accuracy of my above words sink in, since you know I'm right even if you don't want to admit it.
The acting for the most part is good. Many have raved Murray, but I actually feel he is the weakest link here. His performance is more slapstick than anything else, building off stupidity to get a laugh. Rodney Dangerfield is himself, same old loud and obnoxious (and crude) character he liked to play so often, and he works to a degree. To me Ted Knight matches and actually trumps Dangerfield, delivering a spot on portrayal of a man at wits end. The real standout though is Chevy Chase who manages to get most of the laughs from me with his sly and steady delivery, keeping his comedy subtle yet always effective. The rest of the cast is effective, but these four always get the recognition so I figured I'd ring in here as well.
In the end I'll say that I liked `Caddyshack' and would probably watch it again, but as far as it being the best comedy out there, I have to say that it is not. Is it the best golf movie out there? Well, I don't watch a lot of movies about golf but of the one's I've seen this surely beats `The Legend of Bagger Vance' but doesn't even come close to the comedic energy of `Happy Gilmore' so I guess I'd have to say, no, it is not the best golf movie out there. It's fun though, and it has a huge following, so it must have gotten some things right....more info
- 25 Years And Still Going Strong
This film must be one of the funniest ever made. This was a classic ensemble of comic geniuses. The fact that people still talk about this film 25 years later attest to the brilliance of the cast and director. Remember, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield are known for their improvisational talents, and in Caddyshack, their combined talents reached a critical mass of classic mirth. Oh yes, ther was some raunchy and silly humor here, and that was the point. The plot was low on the list of factors which made this film a success. It was merely a vehicle for these comic geniuses to do their thing.
As an aside, the DVD has interesting current interviews with some of the actors and director. It was interesting to see that some of the minor actors, (who played DeNunzio and Lacy Underalls) aged pretty doggone well. Chevy Chase had some good insights as well.
I saw this DVD on sale at Hollywood Video for $7.99. Go for it....more info
- Amazingly, I had never seen this movie until last night.....
Amazing because I have seen just about every movie in existance (it sometimes seems). How I have missed seeing this revered comedy all these years I don't know, but I finally bought the DVD and watched it last night. I was a bit stunned at how the laughs weren't fast and furious, considering that this is accepted as a 'classic'. Here are some thought I have come up with.
First, hands down, the funniest thing about this movie is Rodney Dangerfield. He rattles off one-liners, and just about every one made me laugh. Everyone should understand though, that these jokes were written for Rodney by the screenwriters (most of them the night before the scene was to be shot). Why their comic genius didn't carry over to the rest of the script I don't know. It cannot be questioned though that Rodney gives an AMAZING performance. The movie is worth seeing twice just for Rodney's delivery.
The rest of 'name' cast do a good job with what they have to work with (the caddies aren't very good actors, but their story is more of a subplot than anything else). The problem is, most of the scenes (other than Rodney's) just aren't very funny (although many are worth a slight smile). The explanation I have for this is the movie was made in the 70's, and contains 70's humor. By that I mean it was accepted at that time that comedy movies have a few funny parts/scenes. What were considered hysterical 'classic' movies in their day just don't hold up as well today. I put CLASSIC in quotes because TRUE comedy classics DO hold up well today, movies like Blazing Saddles, Airplane!, and to a lesser extent Animal House. I just don't find Caddyshack to be in the same league as the above movies. In fact If Rodney wasn't in the picture, it would be a 2 star movie, no better. Thats not to say that Rodney is the ONLY funny thing in this movie. The Jaws/ swimming pool scene jumps immediately to mind. Unfortunately, this is the only non-Rodney scene I actually laughed out loud at. Other scenes may have gotten an amused smile from me, but not laughter.
Chevy is fairly funny (if you can remember way back to when Chevy was actually funny), but his act gets a little old after the first 30 minutes.
Ted Knight plays a good part, and I can see it would have been funny back in the late 70's. Today though, it seems forced and only mildy amusing. Same goes for Bill Murray's portrayal of Carl (although credit MUST be given to both Caddyshack and Murray, since this groundbreaking character influenced MANY movies that came after).
All in all, I just didn't think this movie was anywhere NEAR funny enough to be considered a classic. It wasn't a bad comedy by any stretch, it just wasn't a great one. I know that many people love this movie and may be offended by that, but its just the opinion of a recent first-time viewer....more info
- One of the best of all time BUT POOR QUALITY DVD
Most people can't get enough of this movie. I even own it on laserdisc. When I saw that there was a 20th anniversary edition availible on DVD, I had to have it.
I am sorely disappointed in the video transfer quality. It lookslike there was just a transfer from VHS to DVD. There doesn't seem to be any attempt to remaster the video and clear it up or improve the audio quality. I recently saw it on HDNet Movies and thought it looked much better.
DO buy this movie because it is an all time classic.
Don't buy this movie if you think that the 20th Anniversary edition is going to get you anything better....more info
- Caddyshack Movie
This movie is Rodney Dangerfield at his comedic best. There are two stories going on simultaneously in this light hearted golf comedy classic. One involves a stuffy judge, a golf semi-pro, a caddy trying to earn a college scholarship, and Dangerfield's character. All the bantering and competition ends up in a high stakes golf tournament. At the same time, Bill Murray, playing the green's keeper, is at battle with a gopher. The two stories collide with high excitement at the end of the movie....more info
- Overpraised: Classic comedy performances, OK movie
Caddyshack kicked off the 80s and the comedy careers of Chase, Murray and Dangerfield. Its a beloved film for the frathouse type, golf fans and lowbrow comedy fans in general.
The comedy is excellent. You won't see more clever penis jokes (especially from Murray's character) or tasteful vomit jokes in any other 80s film. But nothing is genius here besides the improvised one-liners. Also, the abundant non-comedy moments are too badly written and almost have you nodding off. Everytime Michael O'Keefe appears on screen you really stop caring about the movie. And he's the main character! All of the caddies' lines are so unfunny. Thankfully, the producers made Harold Ramis add more Murray, Chase and Dangerfield. Ted Knight is the perfect straight man, but he could've been so much funnier here.
Another reason this film is loved and overpraised is it being a great time capsule. Teens smoking pot on screen, unfocused plot, stupid sexism. These things make it a "Casablanca" among 80s gross-out comedies, but not one of the greatest comedies ever.
If you've never seen the film before, its a must-see. Not a must-own. Comedy purists have to have it for the brilliant SNL-inspired lunacy. But after repeated viewings, you'll just want to skip to the one-liners....more info
- Great Comics Vs. Unknown Caddies
Being a caddy at the exclusive Bushwood Country Club is a decent summer job, but it's the perks that makes the job really attractive. Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) is one of the favorite caddies at Bushwood and is trying to win the prominent Caddy Scholarship so that he can go to college. In his mind its either that or end up working at the lumber mill for the rest of his life. Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) tries to convince Danny not to just go to college for the sake of going to college while Judge Elihu Smails (Ted Knight) takes a liking to Danny and sees if he will suck up enough to be given the Caddy Scholarship. But, wealthy real estate developer Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) is getting under Judge Smails skin and Danny has to decide if he wants to play politics or just live life. Meanwhile, assistant groundskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) tries to kill a gopher that is plaguing the golf course.
CADDYSHACK was one of the first and is typical of many comedy films from the early 1980s. There really isn't much of a plot and what plot there is gets lost in the scenes of improvised comic chaos the fill up mot of the movie. As the DVD commentary and the special "Caddyshack: the 19th Hole" featurette explain, CADDYSHACK started out as a movie about a group of guys spending their summer working as caddies at a posh country club. However, with a cast of talent that includes Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Rodney Dangerfield, and Chevy Chase director Harold Ramis decided to beef up their roles and the caddies became secondary characters. The movie does contain some great comedy and has some of the most quoted movie lines ever, e.g. "So I got that going for me."
Besides just being a very funny movie that has become a must-see film for golfers, the film is notable for two reasons. First, it was the first film Harold Ramis directed. Ramis had come to prominence as the writer of ANIMAL HOUSE and MEATBALLS, but CADDYSHACK was also the first movie he directed. The second reason that CADDYSHACK is notable is because it's the only movie to star both Bill Murray and Chevy Chase.
Overall, a very funny film with very little plot and one of the cutest critters ever seen on screen.
Special features on the DVD include the behind the scenes featurette "Caddyshack: the 19th Hole", trailer, and production notes....more info
- Quotability BAR NONE.
What's most remarkable about this movie is not the humor value or anything; it's how quotable it is. For some reason this is the most easily quoted and most quoted movie as far as I can tell. Even the most mild fan can quote several lines from this movie without having watched it a hundred times like some of us die-hards. There are just so many funny lines to quote, not just one-liners but also conversations. It's quite remarkable. A real phenomenon. I doubt there will ever be another movie with this characteristic.
I could go on that for another 15 minutes, but instead I'll convince you on why you shouldn't just rent this movie; you should BUY it, right now, even if you've never seen it. It's quite funny. There's just a lot of funny one-liners and even non-one liners that you can laugh at over and over and almost more importantly laugh over and over with your friends just TALKING about them! You can seriously sit there and do back-to-back quotes with one another and keep laughing. There's nothing like it. And what's even better is if you're doing it in a group or crowd of people someone overhearing it is bound to know what you're talking about! The events in the movie are funny too, such as when Judge Smails hurls his golf club.
The characters are also all very funny. You even like Judge Smails, the "villain" of the movie, who is played brilliantly by the late Ted Knight. He makes a very good villain. I thought Bill Murray was overrated in this movie, not to mention the gopher, but after watching him for a while he did some pretty funny stuff, such as staring at the old ladies golfing and talking to himself about how he's gonna kill the gopher. My favorite is Rodney Dangerfield's character. Rodney's always great and always steals the show because, well, he's Rodney! He delivers plenty of his famous one-liner jokes, some of which even people with the "high brow" sense of humor can laugh at.
The plot is easy enough to follow and isn't exactly "complex". Hey, it's a comedy. But in any case it suits the movie and I can't comlain. It may get a little slow in the middle around the yacht club scene and all but it picks right up soon afterwards and you may not even find that part slower at all. But the movie definitely keeps you interested, even when Rodney disappears for a while.
All in all, a great movie. Even if you're not a particular fan of any of the actors here you may like them or just not dislike them as much and the movie will keep your attention and keep you laughing. It's no wonder this movie is a classic.
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