Crazy World of Julius Vrooder, The (1974):

On the heels of his success with “Love Story,” Arthur Hiller directed The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder, a semi-zany comedy, made by Playboy head Hugh Hefner.


The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder
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Theatrical release poster

The likable actor Timothy Buttons (The Last Picture Show) plays a Vietnam veteran who pretends to be insane, and ends up being admitted to the V.A. Hospital.

He then escapes and builds an underground bunker, which he equips with utilities such as electricity.

The main course of the story depicts his romance with his nurse, Zanni (Barbara Hershey, billed as Seagull at the time).

This was the final film for actor George Marshall, who would go on to have a successful directing career (both on the small and the big screen).

Timothy Bottoms Vrooder
Barbara Hershey (as Barbara Seagull) Zanni
George Marshall Corky
Lawrence Pressman Passki
Albert Salmi Splint
Michael Cristofer Alessini


Directed by Arthur Hiller
Produced by Hugh Hefner, Edward L. Rissien, Arthur Hiller
Written by Daryl Henry
Music by Bob Alcivar
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Edited by Robert C. Jones

Production company: Playboy Enterprises

Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Release date: October 18, 1974

Running time: 98 minutes
Budget $1.7 million

Note: TCM showed the movie on July 18, 2020 (Midnight Screenings)