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A group of golf caddies working at an exclusive country club will do anything to secure the prize of Top Caddy. Viewing from the sidelines are a debonair club member (Chevy Chase) and the course's psychotic greenkeeper (Bill Murray).
A purely tasteless, moronic, guilty pleasure. Director Harold Ramis employs a mixture of Mad magazine National Lampoon maturity and Saturday Night Live sarcasm in this goofball golf comedy set on the grounds of a posh country club. Somewhere buried in the slapstick antics, drug references, Marx Brothers-like insults, and gratuitous sex scenes are the intertwined, forgettable subplots of a poor caddie (Michael O'Keefe) trying to earn enough cash to attend college, and golf-tournament and class battles between rich and even richer snobs. Mainly, Ramisjust lets his colourful group of eccentrics crash into each other, relying on several inspired performances to create several hilarious moments of sketch comedy. Most come from the trio of Bill Murray (playing a vile, obsessed groundskeeper engaged in a one-man war with a charismatic and very stuffed gopher), Rodney Dangerfield (basically recreating his crude stand-up routine), and Chevy Chase (who looks bemusedly stoned throughout). Quotable favourites include Murray's acted-out fantasy of winning the Masters, his tall tale about caddying for the Dalai Lama, an overreaching priest's rain-soaked golf game, Dangerfield's verbal assault on the club's uptight dining patrons, and Chase's lesson on the essence of golf ("Be the ball, Danny"). A perfect double feature with other comparably crass films such as National Lampoon's Vacation or Stripes. --Dave McCoySee all Product description
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The film might be regarded as cruel and crass by those who are pretentious or like-minded to those being lampooned, but for a simple minded outsider like me it is side-splittingly funny.
The image quality on my DVD (bought in 2004) was good enough that I did not notice any shortcomings, and the sound was satisfactory, but there were no significant extras. However, having lost (lent?) the DVD, I recently bought the Bluray and this is noticeably better with 16x9 wide-screen 1.85:1 full HD picture and DTS-HD 5.1 surround sound for the English speech version.
One of the main problems with the film is that it is somewhat disjointed, and I only found out much later that it is essentially cut down from a much larger work. When one buys the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray the extras explain this and give more background and material in the feature length documentary 'Bio: Caddyshack the Inside Story', and in the featurette 'Caddyshack: the 19th hole'.
So don't buy the DVD, buy the Bluray.
The film is very very good and genuinely funny, but episodic and sketchy with no real narrative flow. Watching the bonus features explain why the film seems a bit random at times and I appreciate it even more now - its almost a surprise it got completed at all!
Where this Blu Ray really shines is the absolutely brilliant bonus material, an 80 minute documentary (one of the best special features I have ever watched for any film) with some brutal honesty and alot of information that was new to me. You also get another similar 30 minute documentary with some out-takes scattered throughout.
Never seem this film? Give it a shot.
Never owned it but want to? Get this Blu Ray version.
Have it on DVD and wonder if its worth the upgrade? 100% yes.
It's a simple sports comedy, set in the world of golf players. The parts with the boys working as caddies are more or less filler, while most of the story centers around the four main characters. Now, Rodney Dangerfield's character is not my favorite (he even makes a very dumb joke about Italians), while Chevy Chase is funny, buy not really to my tastes. On the other hand, all the scenes with Bill Murray as Carl the greenskeeper (and the gopher!) are classic, and I can see why this movie is still so beloved in the States.
I can't really say much about the picture quality in this BR. It doesn't always look perfectly clean, buy for 35 years old movie it's acceptable.
There's a good quantity of extras: trailers, interview, and a 90 minutes long documentary. A well-made collection.
Chaos reigns at Bushwood Country Club when egos, wagers and a Gopher surface on the golf course.
Harold Ramis' debut movie is a pretty plotless affair that rises above this fact to entertain royally whilst providing a stage for the likes of Murray and Dangerfield to strut their defining shtick. Suffice to say that one needs to be enamoured with said artists to fully enjoy the picture, whilst a modicum of golf interest also helps. The youthful caddies of the piece, clearly meant to be at the core of the story, struggle to make headway with such boisterousness around them, but the chaos is finely tuned by Ramis and there's something uniquely funny about watching someone like Murray trying to blow up a disco dancing Gopher!
An acquired taste but also a monster hit back in the day, Caddyshack is frayed around the edges and a little too goofy at times. But when it hits its comedy peak, visually and orally, it's not hard to get wrapped up in the chaos and find the laughs lurching out from the belly. 7/10
A bloody hilarious DVD that came on time.. Not a lot more I can say really! Also bought 'Fletch' 'Spies Like Us' 'National Lampoon', 'Planes Trains and Auto mobiles', 'Groundhog Day'.. On a bit of a quest for quality old comedy from my younger days..
Now, don't get me wrong, I had some funny moments with 'The Hangover', 'Get Him To The Greek' was pretty damn good and 'The Goods' had me laughing out loud on my own, (always a good sign)... But they really don't make em like this any more..
Life is an unpredictable beast, put a little Chevy in it and forget about that outstanding council tax bill, (for two hours).... Or just arrange to pay it and take the load off your mind permanently.. Anyway I digress and it would seem, contrary to my opening lines, there was an awful lot I could say.. So dragging myself back on track:
Good product, came on time, comedy at It's best, and cost less then a pint 0' Guinness including delivery...
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