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The Road to Welville [DVD] [1994] [1995]

Anthony Hopkins , Bridget Fonda , Alan Parker    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Dana Carvey
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Alan Parker, T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Producers: Alan Parker, Armyan Bernstein, Lisa Moran, Marc Abraham, Robert F. Colesberry
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023JHM2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,963 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This wrong-headed adaptation of the very funny (and scatological) novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle was written and directed by Alan Parker, who doesn't seem to have much of a clue. It's not a botch, just a movie that hammers its efforts at humour too hard. The focus is split between three storylines: the life of cereal tycoon John Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins with buck teeth), who has created a health spa for the wealthy that focuses on regular cleansing of the digestive tract (as well as applications of electricity); the troubles of an unhappy young couple (Matthew Broderick and Bridget Fonda), who come to the spa hoping to cure their marital ills (Broderick gets the worst of the deal); and the efforts of a young hustler (John Cusack), who is trying to break into the breakfast-cereal business but gets taken by an even bigger hustler (Michael Lerner). There are subplots about Kellogg's children but they add little. For all the excrement and enema jokes, the joys of this movie are distinctly scattered. --Marshall Fine

Product Description

Alan Parker directs Anthony Hopkins in this comedy. Hopkins stars as Dr John Harvey Kellog, inventor of amongst other things cornflakes. Kellog was a militant vegetarian and promoter of clean bowels and ran a health resort in Battle Creek, Michigan, where patients were submitted to up to five enemas a day. This is the story of early American capitalism getting underway in the guise of breakfast cereal.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant! 18 Sep 2005
By Fran
This movie is, for me, one of the most wonderful entertainment I've ever had. Anthony Hopkins makes here an extraordinary performance. It has also a part of documentary as you can see how worked the old machinery used in the early 20th century wellness sanatoriums. The directing is brilliant and accurate. The music matches totally with what appears on the screen. The settings are beautiful and the coordination of all the extras, high numbered in this movie, is absolutely perfect, knowing how hard it is to achieve it. Bravo to Alan Parker and to all the cast and team. I love this movie and I watch it very often. No, no, no: no one paid me to write this review.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flatulence and orgasms: what more do you want? 16 July 2004
By A Customer
brilliant film - straightfoward storyline: cornflakes are there to help your bowels but Kellogg thinks sex is bad. enough people disagree to make life so much more entertaining. plenty of slapstick. all very British really... not very American - makes it all the funnier. Oh, its also about health, wealth, happiness, class, America and Europe... but mostly about bowels and genitals (sounds better with the buck teeth). Hopkins should've had an oscar.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars when you want a good smile 10 Jun 2009
A Kid's Review
This film will make you cringe and laugh in equal proportions. It is a saucy postcard. It is good fun. Put it on when you need some light relief from the woes of the world.
The undercurrent is suppressed Edwardian sex, under the guise of concern about bowel motions.
Just as with 'This is Spinal Tap' my husband and I will always want to see this film again, when we feel the need to have a healthy chuckle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kellogg but not the breakfast sort 3 Mar 2009
Alan Parker on good form directing a glimpse of life in early 20th century mid west America in a health spa sanitorium with a difference.
Anthony Hopkins as Kellogg is on cracking comic form and the sub plots on sexual repression twist and turn intregingly and hilariously.
Adult themes amusingly presented and played beautifully by an excellent ensemble cast.

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Hilarious in parts, this is definitely an underrated classic. Hopkins is fantastic and it really captures the quackery of health spas.
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