Since I hope any fan of this site doesn’t need to be convinced of CADDYSHACK’S greatness, I’m going to forgo a traditional review and simply share some of the things I love most about this movie.
- Chevy Chase. Aside from FLETCH, Ty Webb is Chase at his finest. His constant non- sequiturs and alluring charm make him a force to be reckoned with in CADDYSHACK. I sing “I was born to love you, I was born to lick your face” to my girlfriend all the time.
- Bill Murray. Another SNL-alum came in to his own here. Murray makes the most of his relatively small screentime with some truly genius adlibs and bits of dialogue, from the Cinderella story speech to quoting Jean Paul Sartre.
- Rodney Dangerfield. Probably the first time someone was able to capture Dangerfield’s stand up persona and humor in such a perfect role. His cockiness and jabs at Judge Smails are truly classic.
- The runaway yacht sequence, especially the bug eyed guy who abandons ship.
- Maggie’s random but adorable Irish accent
- Rat farts!
- Harold Ramis: As his directorial debut, Ramis is smart to let everyone play to their strengths and ad lib with relish. He also nails the tone of the flick, which is made fairly difficult with the onscreen inclusion of the puppet gopher.
- Actual nudity. Cindy Morgan, my childhood thanks you.
- The gopher. He may be a cheap puppet, but no critter has ever won its way in to my heart, even with his weird flipper laugh.
CADDYSHACK: The 19th Hole: This half hour feature is taken from the previous DVD release and features Chevy Chase and some deleted material that’s a blast to watch.
Extra Tidbit: There is a Caddyshack Restaurant and Bar in Florida owned by Bill Murray (and his brothers) and writer Brian Doyle-Murray