At 25th July of 1980, the movie "Caddyshack' debuted in theaters. Directed by Harold Ramis, it stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray. This was Ramis' first feature film and was a major boost to Dangerfield's film career; previously, he was known mostly for his stand-up comedy. Grossing nearly $40 million at the domestic box office (17th-highest of the year), it was the first of a series of similar comedies. A sequel, "Caddyshack II", followed in 1988, although only Chase reprised his role and the film was poorly received. "Caddyshack" has garnered a large cult following and has been hailed by media outlets, such as Time and ESPN, as one of the funniest sports movies of all time.
When one would look for the comedic geniuses of the 1970s and 80s, almost all of them show up in "Caddyshack". The combination of SNL players and established comedic stars produces one of the funniest movies of that generation. Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Rodney Dangerfield highlight the stars of this film, which also boasts fine performances from the supporting players, notably Michael O'Keefe.
This is a typical silly comedy from the early '80's. The movie is basically filled with numerous humorous situations and crazy characters, without ever really making an attempt to make things click to each other in the movie or letting it make sense. The movie works perfectly thanks to the superb comedy cast, who all are in great form.
Basically the movie follows three main plot lines, set on and around a golf course. First there is the caddy Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) who tries to get a scholarship and deals with girl problems, among other things. Then there is Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) who has to hunt and kill a gopher that is ruining the green.
And then there's the plot with Judge Elihu Smails (Ted Knight) and Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), who are constantly battling each other, on and off the golf course. But in all fairness, those plot lines are just an excuse to introduce many eccentric characters and letting them do many crazy things. There actually are many subplots in the movie but this movie is all about its characters and comical situations.
It's obvious that they improvised a lot during this movie, with its characters, situations and dialog. Even if there was a complete script, it was abandoned multiple times throughout the movie. It's sort of part of the charm of "Caddyshack". The story often doesn't really make sense and it doesn't even try to do so. The movie is filled with totally pointless sequences that are only put in for the laughs, not for the story or the flow of it.
There are classic scenes, especially for anyone who has ever played golf. From a Bishop being struck by lightning while playing his best ever round, to "Na-na-na-na," to a misplaced Baby Ruth bar, the "doodie", the Havercamps, the betting on whether "the Smails kid picks his nose", Ty Webb's golf lessons for Danny Noonan, and the many confrontations between Al Czervik and Judge Smails...the list goes on and on. And of course the gopher that inhabits the course.
Bill Murray is the hapless course maintenance man who's job it is to take down the gopher, when he's not winning the Masters, a "true Cinderella story." Really amusing was also Rodney Dangerfield in a totally crazy and over-the-top role, with some great comical dialog from his character. He provides some of the biggest laughs of the movie.
This is a timeless film that has countless laugh out loud gags mixed together with subtle jokes that you have to watch the film multiple times to really notice. It's also one of those rare comedies that humor does not seem the least bit dated even 36 years after it was released. A must see, must own for anyone who loves to laugh, even if you've never set foot on a golf course.
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