Caddyshack

“Cinderella story… outta nowhere… a former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion. -WHACK!- It looks like a mirac–– It’s in the hole!”

For being two of the funniest comedy minds of the early 80s (and, arguably, still today) Bill Murray and Chevy Chase have only co-starred in one movie together… and in that movie they only have one, single four-minute scene with each other.

The movie, of course, is Caddyshack– the story of a couple days one summer at the ol’ Bushwood Country Club. Starring Chase, Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ted Knight (in his last-ever film role), along with Michael O’Keefe as young caddie Danny Noonan, Caddyshack was a thing of beauty–– a raucous comedy in the vein of Animal House and Stripes, where anything goes and the laughs don’t stop.

Knight is Judge Smails, the stodgy co-founder of the exclusive club, and if you thought he was pissed with the arrival of gaudy, crass real estate bigshot Al Czervik (Dangerfield), you can only imagine how furious he was to walk in on young Danny schtupping Smails’ lovely neice Lacy Underall (we still love that name!).

Noonan, meanwhile, is gunning for the caddie scholarship, Ty (Chase) is going after Lacy himself, and greenskeeper Spackler (Murray) has his own issues–– in the form of gophers (Varmint Cong).

Directed by ‘soon-to-be-Spengler’ Harold Ramis and written by Ramis, Murray’s brother Brian, and Douglas Kenney (Animal House), Caddyshack was a perfect storm of comedy– a goofball laugh-fest that brought so many of that era’s best comedians together in one place at one time.

Caddyshack didn’t do great at the box office (#17 for 1980, $39 million), but it’s gone on to become a favorite of sports fans (and movie fans) everywhere. It’s consistently on ‘Best-Ever Sports Movies’ lists, and we defy you to play a round of golf without hearing someone yell ‘Noonan!’ to mess up a buddy’s putt.

“How ’bout a Fresca?”

We ♥ Caddyshack.

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~ by weheart80s on May 7, 2012.

One Response to “Caddyshack”

  1. Caddyshack is a movie that always makes me laugh. It was also my late granddad’s favorite movie.

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