Lightning Review: Caddyshack

Caddyshack movie posterSynopsis
Danny Noonan (Michael O’Keefe) wants to win the caddy scholarship to help pay for college. To do so, he must win favor of Elihu Smails (Ted Knight), sponsor of the caddy tournament offering the scholarship. Meanwhile, groundskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) tries to get rid of a gopher destroying the golf course by using any means necessary.

Caddyshack was Harold Ramis’ directorial debut and what a great start to an awesome career. What makes Caddyshack so enjoyable is that it has four comedians, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray, each with a unique style, that are pretty much left to their own devices. There is a minor plot about a caddy scholarship tournament, but it merely acts as a mechanism to put these actors in the same film. They don’t share many scenes together, allowing them each time to shine. Michael O’Keefe’s Danny Noonan serves as the common thread between their characters. Murray was my favorite out of the bunch. His actions while trying to rid the golf course of a gopher are psychotic and hysterical. Caddyshack is a great slapstick comedy that hasn’t lost any of it’s charm over the years and still provides plenty of laughs.



Cast & Crew
Harold Ramis – Director/Writer
Brian Doyle-Murray – Writer
Douglas Kenney – Writer

Chevy Chase – Ty Webb
Rodney Dangerfield – Al Czervik
Ted Knight – Judge Elihu Smails
Bill Murray – Carl Spackler
Michael O’Keefe – Danny Noonan
Sarah Holcomb – Maggie O’Hooligan
Cindy Morgan – Lacey Underall
Scott Colomby – Tony D’Annunzio

3 thoughts on “Lightning Review: Caddyshack

  1. Yeah the Bill Murray scenes are the best. Plus like most of his roles I love to hate Rodney Dangerfield. He is great at being a dick: (walks up to a mannequin with a hat on it) aww this is the worst hat I ever saw! … (next to him is someone wearing it) Oh but it looks good on you (turns his head and rolls his eyes hard).


    • For sure. There are so many great lines from Dangerfield, especially when riffing on Ted Knight’s character. I’ll admit that I didn’t think he was as very funny when I first watched this when I was younger, but after watching it several times I’ve changed my mind. He is hilarious.


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