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Cold Turkey (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  19 February 1971 (USA)
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Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.

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Rev. Clayton Brooks
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Natalie Brooks
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Mr. Stopworth
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Hiram C. Grayson
Bob Elliott ...
Hugh Upson / David Chetley / Sandy Van Andy (as Bob)
Ray Goulding ...
Walter Chronic / Paul Hardly / Arthur Lordly (as Ray)
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Mayor Wappler
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Dr. Proctor
Graham Jarvis ...
Amos Bush
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Mrs. Wappler
Barbara Cason ...
Letitia Hornsby
Judith Lowry ...
Odie Turman
Sudie Bond ...
Cissy
Helen Page Camp ...
Mrs. Watson
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Zen Buddhist
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Reverend Brooks leads the town in a contest to stop smoking for a month, But some tobacco executives don't want them to win, and try everything they can to make them smoke. If townspeople don't go nuts, from wanting a cigarette, or kill each other from irritation and frustration, they will win a huge prize. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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What happens when an evil tobacco company offers $25,000,000 to an entire town to stop smoking for thirty days? What happens when 4,006 heavy smokers from Eagle Rock, Iowa take up the challenge? See more »

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Rated PG-13 for smoking content throughout and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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19 February 1971 (USA)  »

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The end (midnight) town square gathering was actually shot at 1am. The crew had to wait for the local high school band to arrive. The band has a football game to play in and they held up shooting for some time, because they were late to get to the set. See more »

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When the church service is being televised, the choir boy in the upper right is replaced in later takes. See more »

Quotes

David Chetley: Mr. Kandiss - the Valiant Tobacco Company's Cold Turkey Program is in it's eleventh day. How do you feel about that?
Mr. Kandiss: I told you to leave me the *bleep* alone!
David Chetley: David Chetley, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971) See more »

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The Washington Post
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Written by John Philip Sousa
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A diamond that deserves the DVD treatment
21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't understand why a film with such big names, both in front of and behind the camera, is not available on DVD. Is there a conspiracy? Does "Big Tobacco" not want anyone to see this? I understand this is a "niche" film, but c'mon, surely there is a small distributor willing to pick up the rights and get this into the hands of the people? Dick Van Dykes name alone should be enough to warrant a release, along with Bob Newhart and Norman Lear. I guess that unless there are some big, firey explosions or gratuitous nudity (not that there's anything wrong with that)then something isn't worthy of a DVD release. This is a well-acted and scripted satire of the culture of smoking and gives great insight into how smoking was treated 35 years ago.


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