TMS 30 Greatest Movies: #19 Caddyshack

February 15, 2008 | Comments (0) | by Jake the Terrible Cubs Fan

Title: Caddyshack
Year: 1980
Genre: Comedy
Main Actors: Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight
Ranked: Dave Thomas #3, Chip Wesley #14

From Rotten Tomatoes: This hysterical farce, set against the backdrop of the typically hoity-toity Bushwood Country club, pits the caddies vs. the establishment with riotous results. Danny, a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks, is struggling to make it as a caddy at Bushwood. Terrified of being a caddy for life, he is dying to win the Bushwood annual caddy scholarship and is willing to do whomever and whatever it takes. The caddies carouse, smoke, and curse their way around Bushwood, wrecking havoc on the uptight rules and regulations strictly adhered to by most of the members of the club. Chevy Chase stars as Ty Webb, a wealthy antiestablishment member of Bushwood who tries to convince Danny that there is more to life than playing by the rules. This wacky comedy also features an insanely delightful performance by Bill Murray, as the local groundskeeper who becomes obsessed with killing off the gophers who have infested the golf course, with bang-up results. When Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) comes to town he sets the country club--and Judge Smails, played by the fabulous Ted Knight--on end with his poor taste, bad humor, and big money. The final showdown between the snobs and the slobs is not to be missed.

Reasons This Movie Kicks Ass
This movie single-handedly gave birth to the growing guy fad of constantly quoting films, much to the chagrin of females everywhere. Next time you are out on the golf course with your friends, see how long it takes before a Caddyshack quote is whipped out. Given my skill at golf, or utter lack thereof, I tend to stick to Spalding quotes. "DOUBLE TURD!"

Monster Role
There's really a quadfecta of monster roles here. A perfect storm of comedy between Bill Murray's oddball groundskeeper Carl ("Bark like a dog for me!"), Chevy Chase's eccentric Ty Webb ("Your uncle molests collies."), Rodney Dangerfield's blue collar hero Al Czervik ("Hey Wang this place is restrictive so don't tell them your Jewish."), and the inimitable Ted Knight as Judge Smails ("How bout a Fresca?").

But for the biggest monster role I'll go with Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan) and Lacey Underall's breasts.

Make Your Weiner Tingle Moment
Again, Lacey Underall and Lacey Underall's breasts.

Did You Know?
Michael O'Keefe, who plays Danny Noonan in the movie was married to Bonnie Raitt for 8 years. He's also a Zen Buddhist priest.

Watch this movie if you like.....
Understanding the context of many of your friend's stupid movie quotes, fake puppet gophers, 80's movies and Kenny Loggins music (I really don't think those two are mutually exclusive in any way), Rodney Dangerfield playing Rodney Dangerfield, Brian-Doyle Murray before he got fat, Chevy Chase when he was still funny, Baby Ruths, Cannonball, cannonball coming!