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Under The Rainbow (1981)
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This colorful screwball comedy uses the premise of 150 little people playing The Wizard of Oz's Munchkins housed in one Culver City hotel - and indulging in some high-energy partying - to spin zany screen mayhem with touches of romance (between G-man Chevy Chase and casting maven Carrie Fisher) and cockeyed espionage (involving German agent Billy Barty and Japanese spy Mako). Co-stars Eve Arden, Adam Arkin, Joseph Maher and Pat McCormick deliver tall orders of laughter, while smashing into small-fry shenanigans at every turn. There's no place like...Under the Rainbow.
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Under the Rainbow is the kind of film I love. I don't want to be moved, I don't want to think, and I don't want to solve the world's problems. I only want to know that the "pearl is in the river". It was produced when a movie showing midgets and taller people as a farce was not considered anti-social. It is a scream! And for those of you worrying about what your children will see and hear (comparing it to today's films), it is clean!
The gags are obvious, Chevy Chase is obvious, and once it starts, it is a roller coaster you can yell and scream on and still feel comfortable.
I hear it asked, "why can't THEY make more movies like this?" Just open your eyes folks; Hollywood has been making great funny movies for years (Noises Off, Mouse Hunt, The Seven Chairs ...... etc.). They all don't have to be Disney pablum.
I love this film, and am happy to make it a part of my comedy collection.
A Japanese tour bus breaks down in front of the very hotel where the Munchkin cast for the Wizard of Oz is staying. Aboslutely brilliant. There's a subplot involving the assasination of a European king who's is protected by a US G-Man, Chevy Chase, who is flirting with the still cute and sexy Carrie Fisher. Plenty to enjoy in this absolutely awful but hysterical film..."The Pearl in is in the River"!
I saw this movie about five years ago, enjoyed it, and taped it. I saw it again last night with my wife and found myself starting to laugh at the beginning of the most humorous scenes, in anticipation.
It is unfortunate that this movie is not available in DVD format.
Good trivia: The actor who played the bumbling assassin played similar bumbling characters in 2 other silly movies. Catalina Caper (available here as Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper) and Hysterical (now on DVD!) starring the Hudson Brothers ("You're doomed!!").
Favorite line from UNDER: (in a Japanese accent thru a pay phone) "Can you fwix bwoken bus?" (pause) "What kwind of bus? It's bwack..."
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Everything was great if you haven't seen under the rain bow it's a must see pack full of great actors and actrsesPublished 9 days ago by Mark bell
I have been looking for this fllm for so long. It was a Chevy Chase classic. Munchkins gone wild. Very funnyPublished 1 month ago by Rita Harris
This is one of the most ridiculously stupid movies that you will laugh at. I normally smile, not laugh. This ranks up with a dead parrot in total stupidity. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kctElgin
One of my favorite "under the radar" movies. Lot's of great quotable lines! Would have given it 5 stars, but the video transfer on this digital version isn't very good.Published 2 months ago by N. L. Hill
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