Caddyshack (1980): Harold Ramis Slapstick Comedy, Starring Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield

One of the funniest slapstick comedies of the 1980s, Harold Ramis’ Caddyshack stars Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield at the height of their careers.

The story revolves around a man who is out to start World War III–against a gopher. Pompous Judge Smalls plays to win but his nubile niece Lacey Underall wants to score her own way. Playboy Ty Webb shoots perfect golf by becoming the ball. And country club loudmouth Al Czervik just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack.

Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Ted Knight tee off for a round of fairway foolishness that does for golf what National Lampoon’s Animal House did for fraternities and Police Academy did for law enforcement.

Under the exert helming of Harold Ramis, the virtuoso skills of all four comedians blend into a riotous hole-in-one for comedy fans.

30 years ago, the game of golf was redefined when Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Ted Knight took to the fairways of Bushwood Country Club.

When Caddyshack hits Blu-ray, fans will see the riotous hole-in-one comedy like never before. The fairways will be greener. The golf balls whiter. The gopher…err…fuzzier.

The comedy is among AFI’s Top 100 for “Funniest and Best Quotes” and Top 10 for “Best Sports Movies.”
Personal Inspiration
The inspiration for the madcap milieu of Caddyshack derives from the boyhood experiences of writer Brian Doyle-Murray and his kid brother Bill Murray. Brian was a caddy at Indian Hills, outside Chicago, and Bill was an assistant groundskeeper for the Evanston Country Club in Indiana.
Cast
Al (Rodney Dangerfield)
Judge (Ted Knight)
Danny (Michael O’Keefe)
Carl (Bill Murray)
Naggie (Sarah Holcomb)
Tony (Scott Colomby)
Lacey (Cindy Morgan)
Dr. Beeper (Dan Resin)
Bishop (Henry Wilcoxon)
Noonan (Albert Salmi)
Crew

Produced by Douglas Keeney

Directed by Harold Ramis

Screenplay: Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney

Camera: Stevan Lerner

Editing: William Carruth

Music: Johnny Mandel

Production design: Stan Jolly

Art direction: George Szeptyck

MPAA: R

Running time: 99 Minutes

 

 

 

 

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