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An All-Time Favorite,
I remember seeing "Cold Turkey" back in the early 70's when I was but a wee lad, but even then, I found it to be very funny. I wouldn't describe it as laugh-out-loud funny, but a smart satire; so don't go in expecting Jim Carrey antics! Instead, you'll get some wonderful character actors (Bob Newhart, Tom Poston, Graham Jarvis, Vincent Gardenia, and Dick Van Dyke) playing some of the town's memorable inhabitants.
The premise is that the Valiant Tobacco Company, in an effort to improve its image and show it's a company that "cares," decides to offer $25 million dollars to any town that can quite smoking for thirty days. The only town in the USA where all the inhabitants have signed a binding pledge is Eagle Rock, Iowa. The tobacco company, taken aback that a town would actually accept their offer, goes into damage control mode as they attempt to foil the townspeople's' efforts.
There are so many great performances, it's hard for me to pick just one. But the one that comes to mind first is that of the late Graham Jarvis as Amos Bush, President of the Christopher Mott Society. His introduction to the society's very special guest, Rear Admiral Nelson Steinschweiker, is priceless!
The movie was written and directed by Norman Lear back in 1971, just before "All in the Family" was unleashed. And I can't forget the wonderful score by Randy Newman. It complements the small town atmosphere so vividly portrayed on screen. If the DVD and the movie soundtrack ever sees the light of day, I'll be first in line to make my purchase! Truly one of my all time favorite movies.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2010, 00:33:08 BST
Molly Brown says:
Only wish I could get a copy either DVD or VHS, it's hilarious!
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