When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little ... See full summary »
When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little homesteading. He and his son Toby and their "adopted" children - Holly, Ariadne and the twins - start their own little community along a strip of the roadside. The fishing is good and the living is easy until the mob sets up a gambling operation and the state supervisor sics a sexy social worker on the Kwimpers in an effort to take away Ariadne and the twins. Written by
A part of SR40 was re-named "Follow that Dream Highway" in honor of this movie having been filmed there. A sign in Inglis, Florida (about 13 miles north of Crystal River) proclaims that fact. However none of the movie was made in Inglis, it was filmed in adjacent Yankeetown. The city council of Yankeetown declined to name their stretch of road after Elvis because of concerns in regards to his drug addictions in later years. As of November 19th 2011 the Mayor of Yankeetown issued a Dedication for the Yankeetown stretch of SR40 to be named Follow That Dream Parkway with a new sign directly under the Yankeetown sign was unveiled. The original Elvis Presley Fan Club-The Elvis Presley Continentals was in attendance for the Dedication. See more »
The kids are seen trying to knock coconuts out of the palm trees and later you see several coconuts lying on the ground. The problem is that the trees are not coconut palms, but sable palms which have no coconuts. See more »
Being a fan of The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS) and The Beverly Hillbillies, I find an uncanny resemblance between Toby Kwimper and Andy Taylor as well as Jethro Bodine.
While not quite the simpleton that Jethro was, Toby was ignorant to a lot of the ways of the world. Both were known espouse their superior intellect and high education and to recite their times tables. Jethro called it cyphering. And like the other 'sheriff without a gun', Andy Taylor, he outwitted his adversaries using cunning and intellect. One wonders if he really wasn't as simple as he appeared to be. It could have been his way of putting people at ease and his adversaries off their game.
It made me wonder if TAGS and BH were patterned after this movie or vice versa. Turns out they were released at about the same time. Probably happenstance.... or not. There are a several "Follow that Dream" alumna on TAGS. I'll let you figure out who they are.
The most memorable part of the show was the candy bar scenes. I remember watching a movie back in my teens and thought it was extremely hilarious. I remembered the scenes, just not the name of the movie. I wondered for years what the name of the movie was. I stumbled upon a VHS copy a year or two ago in a bargain bin. I figured, "Elvis? for a buck? can't go wrong." At first viewing, the first time the big brother bites off the long piece of candy bar to even things up, I said, "THAT'S IT!"
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