The beginning of the 1980s brought a memorable sports comedy to the big screen that showcased comedic talents of new and established stars in Caddyshack.
Directed by Harold Ramis, and written by Bryan Doyle Murray, Douglas Kenney and Ramis, the film was the first film directed by Ramis, who had established himself as a writer/actor with Second City, National Lampoon, Playboy and SCTV.
Michael O’Keefe stars as Danny, a young caddy who often works for Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) who is the son of the founder of the Bushwood Country Club.
Wanting a scholarship for college, Danny starts to caddy for one of the senior golf club members Judge Smails (Ted Knight) while trying to avoid the loud and annoying Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), who is trying to become a member.
As Danny tries to suck up to the Judge, he’s also falling for the judge’s niece Lacey (Cindy Morgan) while also trying to keep his girlfriend Maggie (Sarah Holcomb) from finding out.
Winning the scholarship, getting it on with Lacey and earning a lot as a caddy, Danny thinks he has it all, but his guilt over the machinations of Smails gets to him as well as the way he consider everyone beneath him.
While Smails and Czervik battle about membership, the two men decide to settle it on the golf course with a massive wager, creating a spectacle for the members. But Czervik fakes an injury and gets Danny to agree to compete against Smails in the golf challenge; but will Danny lose his scholarship and all the advantages?
This farcical comedy focuses on the typical little guy vs big guy, with a heavy dose of comedy from a side story of Carl the groundskeeper (played by Bill Murray) who keeps trying to battle the gophers found everywhere on the golf course. This film is the only time Murray and Chase appear on the big screen together.
Released in July 1980 by Orion Pictures/Warner Bros, the film was dubbed crude, lewd and bawdy, yet became a fave with audiences for its oddities, crazy characters inspired by the writers experiences working on a golf course when they were younger and the endless funny on-screen scenes by Chase, Murray and especially Dangerfield.
Earning almost US$40 million at the box office in 1980, the film became a cult classic comedy despite its negative reviews by critics.