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Caddyshack (1980)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Caddyshack (1980)

In Harold Ramis' much-loved golf comedy with many quotable lines of dialogue:

  • the dancing gopher in the opening (and closing) credits sequence, to the tune of Kenny Loggins' song: "I'm Alright"
  • the memorable characters associated with the Bushwood Country Club, including its lunatic groundskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray), with his fixation about destroying an intrusive gopher: ("I have to laugh, because I've often asked myself. My foe, my enemy, is an animal, and in order to conquer him, I have to think like an animal. And, whenever possible, to look like one. I've gotta get inside this dude's pelt and crawl around for a few days")
Crazed Groundskeeper Carl Spackler
  • his boss Sandy's request - misinterpreted: "I want you to kill every golfer on the course" - with Carl's reply: "Check me if I'm wrong Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key." Sandy clarified: "Gophers, ya great git! Not golfers! The little brown furry rodents!"
  • Spackler's threat to the animal as he planted dynamite in the gopher's hole: ("Anybody home? Uh, hello, Mr. Gopher. Yeah, it's me, Mr. Squirrel. Yeah, hi. Uh, just a harmless squirrel, not a plastic explosive or anything, nothing to be worried about. I'm just here to make your last hours on earth as peaceful as possible...In the words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher.' This is gonna be sweet")
  • speech-impaired, wacky Carl Spackler's recounting, to another incredulous caddy, of how he once caddied for the Dalai Lama in Tibet: ("So we finish 18, and he's gonna stiff me. And I say: 'Hey, Lama! Hey, how about a little somethin', you know, for the effort, you know.' And he says: 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice")
  • also, Spackler's "It's In the Hole!" Cinderella story when he pretended to be an announcer and player, imagining himself at Augusta in a championship Masters golf game, while he was actually practicing teeing off on rows of planted flowers: ("The crowd is standing on its feet here at Augusta, the normally reserved Augusta crowd, going wild, for this young Cinderella. He's come outta nowhere. He's got about 350 yards left. He's gonna hit about a 5-iron, I expect, don't you think? He's got a beautiful backswing -- that's -- oh, he got all of that one! He's gotta be pleased with that. The crowd is just on its feet here. He's the Cinderella boy, uh -- tears in his eyes I guess, as he lines up this last shot, he's got about 195 yards left. And he's got about a -- it looks like he's got about an 8-iron. This crowd has gone deathly silent, the Cinderella story, outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper and now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac- it's in the hole! It's in the hole!")
  • the advice given by blindfolded golfer Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) to caddy Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe): ("I'm going to give you a little advice. There's a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it. Stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball!")
Lacy Underall (Cindy Morgan)
  • one of the golfers - elitist Judge Elihu Smails (Ted Knight), one of the club's co-founders, accompanied by his sex-loving, bra-less young blonde niece Lacy Underall (Cindy Morgan), who was judged by ogling males as "Madonna with meatballs"; Ty's awkwardly-delivered pick-up line to Lacy: ("What brings you to this nape of the woods, neck of the wape. How come you're here?"); and also Lacy's sex scene with Danny
  • the scene of the performance of a Busby Berkeley-style water ballet by golf caddies in the pool - and the scatological moment that a floating "Baby Ruth" candy bar thrown into the pool ("Doodie!") sent swimmers screaming from the water in a Jaws-inspired panic - and the shock and fainting caused when Spackler (after the pool was "scrubbed, sterilized and disinfected") ate the brown object and claimed: ("There it is! It's no big deal!")
  • the boorish, nouveau-riche, brash wisecracking loudmouth Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield in his feature film debut) and his many one-liners: ("Oh, this is the worst lookin' hat I ever saw. You buy a hat like this, I betcha get a free bowl of soup, huh? Oh, it looks good on you though!", or "Hey, you wanna make $14 dollars the hard way?", or after farting at the table during dinner: "Oh, (did) somebody step on a duck?", and his words to an older white-haired lady: "Oh, this is your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you're alright. You musta been somethin' before electricity," and "The last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it"), and his curtain-closing invitation: "Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!"

"It's in the Hole!"

Blindfolded Golfer Ty Webb

Gross Pool Incident

Wisecracking Loudmouth Al Czervik
(Rodney Dangerfield)


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