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Caddyshack
Director: Harold Ramis (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Jul 1980
Production Date:   5 Sep--20 Nov 1978
Duration (in mins):   109
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Cast:   Chevy Chase (Ty Webb)  
    Rodney Dangerfield (Al Czervik)  
    Ted Knight (Judge Smalls)  
    Michael O'Keefe (Danny Noonan)  
    Bill Murray (Carl Spackler)  
    Sarah Holcomb (Maggie O'Hooligan)  
    Scott Colomby (Tony D'Annunzio)  
    Cindy Morgan (Lacey Underall)  
    Dan Resin (Dr. Beeper)  
    Henry Wilcoxon (The bishop)  
    Elaine Aiken (Mrs. Noonan)  
    Albert Salmi (Mr. Noonan)  
    Ann Ryerson (Grace)  
    Brian Doyle-Murray (Lou Loomis)  
    Hamilton Mitchell (Motormouth)  
    Peter Berkrot (Angie D'Annunzio)  
    John F. Barmon Jr. (Spaulding Smalls)  
    Lois Kibbee (Mrs. Smalls)  
    Brian McConnachie (Scott)  
    Scott Powell (Gatsby)  
    Ann Crilley (Suki)  
    Cordis Heard (Wally)  
    Scott Sudden (Richard Richards)  
    Jackie Davis (Smoke)  
    Thomas Carlin (Sandy McFiddish)  
    Minerva Scelza (Joey D'Annunzio)  
    Chuck Rodent (Mr. Gopher)  
    Kenneth Burritt (Mr. Havercamp)  
    Rebecca Burritt (Mrs. Havercamp)  
    Bobbie Kosstrin (Noble Noyes)  
    Scott Jackson (Chuck Schick)  
    Anna Upstrom (Blonde Bombshell)  
    Ron Frank (Pat Noonan)  
    Patricia Wilcox (Nancy Noonan)  
    Debi Frank (Kathleen Noonan)  
    Tony Gulliver (Ray-Old Caddy)  
    Kim Bordeaux (Pre-Deb)  
    Lori Lowe (Pre-Deb)  
    Marcus Breece (Lifeguard)  
    Mark Chiriboga (Terry the hippy)  
    Fred Buch (Angry husband)  
    Frank Schuller (Charlie the cook)  
    Mel Pape (Butler)  
    Marge McKenna (Lady on boat)  
    Bruce McLaughlin (Old crony)  
    Dennis McCormack (Dennis Noonan)  
    Violet Ramis (Noonan child)  
    Judy Arman (Beeper's girlfriend)  
    Dr. Dow (Mr. Wang)  
    Paige Coffman (Little girl at pool)  
    Donna M. Wiggin (Woman at pool)  
    James Hotchkiss (Old crony)  

Summary: A lone gopher tunnels under the pristine fairways of Bushwood Country Club, where teenaged caddy Danny Noonan works to pay for upcoming college expenses. Danny often caddies for playboy Ty Webb, an intuitive golfer who can sink a putt while blindfolded. Danny, who is from a large family, explains his financial and career uncertainties to Ty, but Ty cannot relate to Danny's problems and encourages him to get in touch with the force in the universe. As Danny and Ty finish their round, snobbish Judge Smails, president of Bushwood, spots the mischievous gopher stealing a hole marker and destroying the course. Incensed, Smails orders the head groundskeeper to rid the course of all gophers. The head groundskeeper, in turn, delegates the job to his assistant, the imbecilic Carl Spackler. At the caddy shack, Danny's boss, Lou Loomis, announces that the recipient of the club's caddy scholarship died from severe anxiety attack during summer school. Seeing an opportunity to fund his education, Danny makes inquiries about the scholarship. Meanwhile, in Bushwood's golf store, Smails is insulted by the aggressive and vulgar Al Czervik, a wealthy developer in town to survey a condominium project. On the course, Smails bickers with Al, who heckles the pompous Smails and his party comprised of Smails's friends, the Bishop and Dr. Beeper. Danny, who hopes to curry favor and win the scholarship, volunteers to caddy for Smails. While overlooking Smails's cheating, Danny talks about his inability to pay for an education and falsely claims he wants to be a lawyer, but Smails brushes Danny's clumsy pleas for financial assistance aside. Smails's attention is focused on Al, who plays loud music, drinks beer and continues to harass him. Enraged by Al, Smails throws his putter, hitting a woman and knocking her unconscious. After Danny takes the blame for the incident, Smails warms to him and says that Danny might get the scholarship if he wins the upcoming caddy tournament. Meanwhile, Carl begins his assault on the gopher's tunnel by hosing water into it, but the gopher escapes and geysers of water flood the course. During dinner at the club's restaurant, Al continues to insult Smails and makes vulgar jokes loud enough for all to hear. Ty flirts with Smails's promiscuous niece, Lacey, who later accompanies him home for a sexual encounter. That night, Carl attempts to kill the gopher by dressing in camouflage, attaching a large flashlight to a rifle and aiming at the varmint as he exits his hole, but the gopher escapes. The next day, when Danny and another caddy, Tony, compete in the caddy golf tournament, Danny wins by sinking a putt on the final green. While congratulating Danny, Smails invites him to mow his lawn and attend the forthcoming christening of his sloop. At the launch, Danny becomes distracted by Lacey, who takes him home to have sex. As the ceremony proceeds, Al, who is boating in his cruiser, sees Smails's party and speeds toward them, disturbing other boaters in his path and dropping anchor through the deck of Smails's sloop. When Smails returns home, he walks in on Danny and Lacey's tryst, and chases Danny from the house with golf club in hand. Danny spends the night in the caddy shack, where, the next morning, his girl friend, Maggie, tells him she believes she is pregnant. Danny offers to marry her, but Maggie refuses and says the baby might not be his. Danny is summoned to Smails's office. Rather than the punishment Danny expects, Smails asks him to keep quiet about his relations with Lacey and be his "pal." Later in the day, Smails argues with Al, who intends to buy the country club. To settle their dispute, Al suggests they shoot a round of eighteen holes for $20,000 with teams of two--Smails and Dr. Beeper vs. Al and Ty. Eventually, everyone agrees, including Ty, who has no interest in competing but is provoked by Smails's arrogance. Before the game, Danny encounters a jubilant Maggie who has learned she is not pregnant. Relieved, Danny confides he is unhappy with the way he has ingratiated himself with Smails to win the scholarship, but Maggie assures him that he is a good guy who will do the right thing. While Carl prepares a final assault to rid the course of gophers with plastic explosives, the four golfers begin their showdown. Danny reluctantly caddies for Smails to keep his chance for the scholarship alive. Ty, Smails and Dr. Beeper begin shooting well, but Al plays terribly. After the initial nine holes and a raising of the stakes to $40,000, Al feigns an arm injury and claims he needs a substitute. When Ty chooses Danny as Al's replacement, Al offers to make it worth Danny's while. In defiance of Smails, Danny agrees to play, knowing he has forfeited the scholarship. Danny plays well, allowing his team to tie with Smails and Dr. Beeper before the last green. Dr. Beeper and Ty miss their final putts, but Smails, using his trusty old "Billy Baroo" putter, sinks his. With the game on the line, Danny prepares his final shot when Al ups the ante to $80,000. Danny's putt stops just short of the hole, resting on the lip. Just then, Carl detonates the explosives, shaking the course and knocking Danny's ball into the cup. Smails's beloved course is destroyed and, in the wake of the destruction, Carl escapes and so, too, does the gopher. 

Production Text: A Jon Peters production
Distribution Company: Orion Pictures Company  
  Warner Bros., Inc. (A Warner Communications Company)
Director: Harold Ramis (Dir)
  Ricou Browning (2d unit dir)
  Ted Swanson (Prod mgr)
  David Whorf (1st asst dir)
  Charles Persons (2d asst dir)
Producer: Douglas Kenney (Prod)
  Jon Peters (Exec prod)
  Don MacDonald (Assoc prod)
Writer: Brian Doyle-Murray (Wrt)
  Harold Ramis (Wrt)
  Douglas Kenney (Wrt)
Photography: Stevan Larner (Dir of photog)
  Stanley Gilbert (Addl photog)
  James Pergola (Addl photog)
  Michael McGowan (Cam op)
  Oscar Barber (Cam op)
  John Louis Winner (Asst cam)
  John McGowan (Asst cam)
  Donald Carlson (Asst cam)
  Bob Horne (1st asst cam)
  Julian Wilson (2d asst cam)
  Calvin Maehl (Gaffer)
  Ross Maehl (Gaffer)
  Walter Morris Jr. (Gaffer, Florida)
  Edward Knott, Jr. (Grip)
  William Carr (Grip)
  Tom Cocheo (Grip)
  Greg Kasper (Grip)
  Bill Smalling (Elec)
  William Swan Jr. (Elec)
  Jack Kokernoot (Elec)
  Jim Bright (Elec)
  Pierre Roseman (Elec)
  Thomas Elmore (Elec)
  Eddie Kammerer (Best boy)
  Norme Walke (Crane op)
  Dean Williams (Still photog)
  Steve Wever (Still photog)
Art Direction: Stan Jolley (Prod des)
  George Szeptycki (Art dir)
Film Editor: William Carruth (Ed)
  David Bretherton (Supv ed)
  Robert BarrĂ©re (Ed)
  Rachel Igel (Asst film ed)
  Don Gilman (Asst ed)
  Mellissa Bretherton (Apprentice ed)
Set Decoration: Don Ivey (Set dec)
  Tom Coll (Set dec)
  Jack Johnson (Prop master)
  Larry Goodwin (Asst prop)
  Wally Graham (Const coord)
  Gabriel Ell (Const foreman)
  Sterling Swanson (Leadman)
  Jose Duarte (Paint foreman)
  Bert Bertolami (Greensman)
Costumes: Eric Seelig (Cost supv)
  Andre Lavery (Men's cost)
  Vivian Cocheo (Women's cost)
  Linda Benedict (Cost)
  Joanne Wenger (Cutter and fitter)
Music: Johnny Mandel (Mus comp)
  Kenny Loggins (Orig songs by)
  Jack Tillar (Mus ed)
  Roy M. Prendergast (Mus ed)
  Michael Dilbeck (Mus coord)
  Kenny Loggins (Mus coord)
  Bruce Botnick (Mus prod supv)
Sound: Michael Evje (Prod sd)
  D. G. Fischer (Prod sd)
  Ray West (Sd re-rec)
  Robert Minkler (Sd re-rec)
  Richard Tyler (Sd re-rec)
  Clive Smith (Sd ed)
  Neiman-Tillar (Creative sd by)
  Glen Glenn Sound (Re-rec)
  D. G. Fischer (Boom op)
Special Effects: John Dykstra (Supv of spec eff)
  Robert Shepherd (Eff prod supv)
  Apogee Productions Inc. (Spec eff)
  J.B. Jones (Spec eff)
  Dan Perri (Title des)
  Rocco Gioffre (Matte paintings)
Make Up: Beth Lambert (Make-up)
  Marlana May (Asst make-up)
  Diane Johnson (Hair)
Production Misc: Mark Canton (Exec in charge of prod)
  Rusty Lemorande (Exec in charge of prod)
  Wally Nicita (Casting)
  Marian Polan (Extras casting)
  Trevor Albert (Asst to Harold Ramis)
  Susana Preston (Scr supv)
  Hillary Ripps (Asst to Jon Peters)
  Sam Berstein (Prod auditor)
  Susan Montgomery (Asst auditor)
  Vincent Martinez (Loc auditor)
  Hank Scelza (Transportation capt)
  Israel Brinson (Transportation co-capt)
  Vic Heutschy (Unit pub)
  Mimi Stacey (Prod secy)
  Dee Dee Winner (Prod secy)
  Mary Lou Bird (Prod secy)
  Diane Morrison (Prod secy)
  Jonathan Fairbanks (Prod asst)
  Peter Tors (Prod asst)
  Matthew Cokee (Prod asst)
  John Murray (Prod asst)
  B. J. Johnson (Loc mgr)
  Jeff Stacey (Loc mgr)
  Shirley Bird (First aid)
  Willie Brantley (Craft service)
  Scott Jacobson (Craft service)
  Brenda Watt (Animal handler)
Animation: Jeffrey Burke (Spec anim)
  Grant McCune (Spec anim)
  Pat Brymer (Spec anim)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs: "I'm Alright," lyrics and music by Kenny Loggins, recorded by Kenny Loggins, courtesy of Columbia Records; "Lead the Way," lyrics by Kenny Loggins & Eva Ein, music by Kenny Loggins, recorded by Kenny Loggins, courtesy of Columbia Records; "Mr. Night," lyrics by Kenny Loggins & Richard Stekol, music by Kenny Loggins, recorded by Kenny Loggins, courtesy of Columbia Records; "Something on Your Mind," written by Hilly Michaels and Morgan Walker, performed by Hilly Michaels, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.; "There She Goes," written by Paul Collins, performed by The Beat, courtesy of Columbia Records; "Anyway You Want It," written by Steve Perry & Neil Schon, performed by Journey, courtesy of Columbia Records; "Summertime Blues," written by Jerry Capehart and Eddie Cochran, recorded by Eddie Cochran, courtesy of Liberty/United Records.
Composer: Jerry Capehart
  Eddie Cochran
  Paul Collins
  Eva Ein
  Kenny Loggins
  Hilly Michaels
  Steve Perry
  Neil Schon
  Richard Stekol
  Morgan Walker
Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Orion Pictures Company 14/10/1980 dd/mm/yyyy PA84949

PCA NO: 26097
Physical Properties: Sd:
  col: Technicolor
  Lenses/Prints: Camera and lenses by Panavision

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Adolescents
  Caddies
  Golf and golfers
  Nouveaux riches
  Snobs and snobbishness
 
Subjects (Minor): Bishops
  Boats
  Contests
  Country clubs
  Explosives
  Gophers
  Judges
  Land developers
  Nieces
  Physicians
  Premarital sex
  Promiscuity
  Rivalry

Note: The summary and note for this entry were completed with participation from the AFI Academic Network. Summary and notes were written by participant Brittany Shelton, a student at University of Texas at Austin, with Janet Staiger as academic advisor.

Although onscreen credits and the Var review spell the name of the character played by Ted Knight as "Smalls," the actors pronounced the name "Smails," which is consistent with a script found at AMPAS Library. A 7 Jul 1979 HR news item reported that production on Caddyshack had begun in Florida. However, 5 Jun and 29 Aug 1979 Var news items reported that principal photography would begin on 5 Sep 1979. All sources reported an eleven-week schedule. A 21 Nov 1979 HR news item stated that the production had wrapped, and an undated studio press release found in the film's file at AMPAS Library specified the last day of production as 20 Nov 1979.
       A 25 Jun 1979 Var article, reported that Caddyshack would be produced on a $6,000,000 budget. According to a 21 Nov 1979 HR news item and the film's end credits, portions of the film were shot in Florida at Rolling Hills Golf & Tennis Club in Davie, and the Boca Raton Hotel & Country Club. The same HR news item reported that the christening and boat collision sequence was filmed at Key Biscayne. According to the 29 Aug 1979 Var news item, the Studio Center in Miami was used for post-production.
       Caddyshack marked Harold Ramis' directorial debut. Although a 17 Oct 1979 Var news item correctly reported that actors Cindy Morgan (Lacey) and Scott Colomby (Tony) marked their feature film debuts in Caddyshack , Morgan had appeared in the 1979 direct-to-video film, Up Yours , and Colomby had previously appeared on television. Although Rodney Dangerfield ("Al Czervik") was better known as a stand-up comedian, he had previously appeared on television and two films. Chevy Chase ("Ty Webb"), Bill Murray ("Carl Spackler") and his real-life brother, Brian Doyle-Murray ("Lou Loomis"), were best known for their work on the television sketch comedy series, Saturday Night (also known as Saturday Night Live ). Caddyshack marked the first appearance of Chase and Murray together since their now legendary backstage brawl during a 1978 taping of Saturday Night , according to a 27 Aug 1979 HR column.
       As noted in the HR and Var reviews, many jokes in the film are derived from sex, drugs, and scatological references. An iconic sequence in Caddyshack depicts a candy bar pitched into a swimming pool and mistaken for excrement, which prompted swimmers to vacate the pool in a manner described by HR and Var reviews as a parody of the shark attack sequence in the 1975 film, Jaws . The Var review described Caddyshack as "vaguely likeable" and "too-tame." The HR review detailed the movies' low humor level, calling Murray's character "an animal," but applauding Dangerfield's "hearty, old-fashioned vulgarian" character for giving the movie "a needed shot of energy." The HR review pointed to the film's rating of "R as in raunchy." In 1988, Chase reprised his role in Caddyshack II , which was directed by Allan Arkush and also set at the Bushwood Country Club.


 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   14 Dec 1979.   
Hollywood Reporter   7 Jul 1979.   
Hollywood Reporter   27 Aug 1979.   
Hollywood Reporter   21 Nov 1979.   
Hollywood Reporter   25 Jul 1980   p. 10.
Los Angeles Times   25 Jul 1980   p. 2.
New York Times   25 Jul 1980   p. 8.
Variety   5 Jun 1979.   
Variety   25 Jun 1979.   
Variety   29 Aug 1979.   
Variety   17 Oct 1979.   
Variety   23 Jul 1980   p. 18.

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