A no-brainer that has become a low-brow classic, this 1980 comedy makes anarchy the rule of the day, unleashing the antics of Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Chevy Chase. Caddyshack
is about the scheme of a vulgar land developer (Dangerfield) who wants to build condominiums on the site of a ritzy country club. Director Harold Ramis (who later reunited with Murray to make Groundhog Day
) is content to let the comedy follow a variety of wacky detours, most notably Murray's maniacal war with a gopher that has been digging up the golf course. Dangerfield ultimately steals the show, firing off a battery of one-liners, insults, and tasteless gags. Caddyshack
is the kind of movie some people have been known to watch several times a year, reciting every line of dialogue like the followers of a bizarre comedic ritual. --Jeff Shannon
The greenskeeper is about to start World War III against a gopher. The judge plays to win but his nubile niece has her mind set on scoring her own way. The playboy shoots perfect golf by pretending he is the ball. And the country-club loudmouth just doubled a $20,000 bet on a 10-foot putt. Insanity? No. Caddyshack. Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Bill Murray tee off for a side-splitting round of fairway foolishness that does for golf what Animal House did for college fraternities and Police Academy did for law enforcement. Chase's laid-back delivery has kept audiences of Saturday Night Live and movie hits National Lampoon's Vacation, Fletch and Spies Like Us in the aisles for years. Sharing his wisdom with a caddy or his bed with debutante Lacey Underall, he never misses a shot. Rodney Dangerfield is well, Rodney Dangerfield. Even when he's off camera, he's on. And fans that have made Easy Money and Back to School box-office hits like him just fine. Knight-possessor of the best slow burn since Laurel and Hardy fusses, fumes and finesses his way through his role as Bushwood Country Club's one-man Legion of Decency. Murray's hole-in-the-head assistant greenskeeper is straight out of Looney Tunes. Murray, who brought the house down in Meatballs, Stripes and Ghostbusters, is funny even when he talks to himself. In Caddyshack, the term "golf nut" takes on a deranged double meaning and the laughs are par for the course!
Documentary:Making Of: Caddyshack: The 19th Hole
Interviews:Interviews With The Cast And Crew