Directed By: Harold Ramis
Written By: Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, and Douglas Kenney
A great classic comedy. A good example of how well improvisation can work when you get a group of funny people together and they start having fun. This movie is a sports classic and an iconic comedy. After more than 30 years since coming out it’s hard for me to imagine anybody who hasn’t seen this movie. Like most great classics it is a timeless film that can be enjoyed by any generation.
I have always been a big fan of Harold Ramis, both on camera and behind it as well, he has had a hand in many great comedy classics. Ramis is a writer/director who occasionally ventures out into the movies, most notably Stripes and Ghostbusters, both classic films. He has great chemistry with Bill Murray, who I have always heard was somewhat difficult to work with. He is a very strange person with a wild sense of humor but that is what makes him funny. Bill Murray’s brother Brian Doyle-Murray wrote this film based on personal experience and actually played a part in the film as Lou the caddyshack manager. I have always been a fan of Doyle-Murray too. He has had a long and steady career of small roles, some men are great in those small roles and manage to pop up everywhere. Doyle-Murray was one of those guys for a long time. Chevy Chase was ultra cool and on the rise when this film came out. I have heard that he too is hard to work with yet doesn’t have the same caliber of talent as Murray so Chase’s career suffers for it. He is however part of the cast for my favorite comedy currently on television. Chase currently plays Pierce Hawthorne on NBC’s Community which is one of the best shows I have ever seen, it is the smartest comedy on television. Yet Chevy Chase has little to do with what makes Community a great show, he isn’t as funny in his winter years as he was here in Caddyshack. I have never been a Rodney Dangerfield fan but I do like him in this film. He does also play a part in my number 1 all time favorite film, which will remain a mystery until we get to it.
There are also other noteworthy people who should be mentioned such as Ted Knight and Michael O’Keefe. The roles of Dangerfield and Chase were actually originally going to simply be cameos but things changed as the movie was being made. There is a great documentary about the making of this film but it pretty much boiled down to anarchy. There was a lot of disorientation and disorganization on set but somehow they made a classic film out of it all. Like I said before, this is a timeless film that will live on forever, you don’t need me to vouch for it because everybody in their right mind has already seen it and is vouch for it themselves.
This movie is such a classic. I still don’t really like it all that much, but I appreciate it for what it is. I understand why people like it and hold it up so high. Every time that I watch it though, I am less impressed with it. I say watch it because it is a classic, to have it as a notch in your movie belt.
NEXT MOVIE: Casablanca (1942)