Thursday, June 26, 2014

5 Things You Might Not Know About "Caddyshack"

From Mental Floss.

1. The studio wouldn’t make the movie unless they got a star.
They got three instead, although two of them were largely untested. The filmmakers originally wanted actor Don Rickles as the slobbish condo magnate Al Czervik, but settled on comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Caddyshack would be his first big feature film. Bill Murray was fresh off of three years at Saturday Night Live and had appeared in Meatballs (co-written by Caddyshack director Harold Ramis) and Where the Buffalo Roam. The movie finally got a green light when Ramis secured Chevy Chase to portray the film's pompous playboy Ty Webb (whom they had written the part for anyway).

2. Bill Murray showed up for six days and made comedy history.
At first, Murray's appearance as oafish groundskeeper Carl Spackler was planned as a quick cameo, but his characterization was so funny that Ramis requested he stick with the production a bit longer. Murray filmed for a total of six days, and all of his lines—including his Dalai Lama speech—were improvised on-the-spot. Murray took it from there and ad-libbed lines that would, in 2005, be named to the AFI's list of greatest movie quotes of all time.

3. Rodney Dangerfield thought he got no respect.
Dangerfield became nervous whenever he turned on his personality in front of the camera. When actor Scott Colomby (slick caddy antagonist Tony D’Annunzio) asked Dangerfield about his struggles, Rodney allegedly said that he was bombing because nobody was laughing at his jokes. Colomby reassured the rookie actor that if they laughed they’d ruin the take.

4. The introduction scene between Murray and Chase was based on the contents of a studio note.
The original script for Caddyshack did not include a scene where Carl Spackler and Ty Webb meet, so the studio sent Ramis a note requesting that he take advantage of the talent and come up with a funny scene for Murray and Chase. Some on the set were skeptical of the outcome, thanks to some bad blood between the two after Murray replaced Chase on SNL. Like much of the film, the scene was ultimately improvised by the SNL alums and was shot without incident.

5. The owners of the country club were not happy about the explosions on the golf course.
The climactic scene of Murray’s gopher-killing plastic explosives were real pyrotechnics set aflame at the shooting location, Rolling Hills Country Club in Davie, Florida. This was news to the owners of the country club, who had made it clear to filmmakers that the outrageous climax couldn't be shot anywhere near their golf course. To get them to “comply,” producer Jon Peters invited them out for a swanky lunch away from the country club to “thank them for letting the film use the location.” Ramis then had the special effects crew blow up the fake green while they were away.

(Ten more things you might not know about Caddyshack here.)


  1. Cool list! I knew Bill Murray had improvised some of his role, but I didn't know how much! He was the best part of that movie.

  2. Yeah, Murray made that whole movie.



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