In his tepid review of the 1980, filmed-in-South-Florida romp “Caddyshack,” Roger Ebert did not predict its enduring place as a pop-culture touchstone worthy of discussion after two Wednesday screenings closing the Art Cinema at the Crest series in Delray Beach.
Ebert, put off by the film’s slapdash plot and casting, was most entertained by the scripted insults of Rodney Dangerfield, who displayed “a vitality that the movie's younger comedians can't match.” But it’s hard to imagine any debate not spending more time on the dark improvisational humor that one of those young comics, Bill Murray, twists out of his supporting role as gopher-obsessed groundskeeper Carl Spackler.
For more conversation fodder, let’s test your useless knowledge of “Caddyshack”:
1. According to the making-of documentary “Caddyshack: The 19th Hole,” which star was working at a golf course when he first met future director Harold Ramis?
2. The credits for “Caddyshack” and “Star Wars” share what name?
3. Who revived the role of Carl Spackler in a 2004 American Express commercial?
4. Which legendary rock band did Ramis ask his studio bosses to include on the soundtrack most famous for Kenny Loggins’ “I’m Alright”?
5. In what South Florida city was most of “Caddyshack” filmed?
6. What brothers appear in the film?
7. Which two actors shared one of the movie’s best-loved scenes while, by all accounts, hating each other after a fistfight a couple of years before.
8. Which character said: “This your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey, baby, you must've been something before electricity.”
IF YOU GO
“Caddyshack” screens at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theatre (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach). Each screening will be followed by a talk hosted by WLRN’s Caroline Breder-Watts. Tickets: $10. Call 561-243-7922, or visit DelrayArts.org.
Answers: 1. Bill Murray. 2. John Dykstra, who used his Oscar-winning special-effects skills to create the gopher and his habitat. 3. Tiger Woods 4. Pink Floyd. 5. Davie, at Rolling Hills Country Club. 6. Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray (a co-writer on the screenplay who also appears as crusty Lou Loomis). 7. "Saturday Night Live" alums Chevy Chase and Bill Murray. 8. Rodney Dangerfield’s Al Czervik