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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 Quincey L. 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
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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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Trivia

Famed radio comedy team "Bob and Ray" (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding) appear in the film, each playing several roles. See more »

Goofs

While the whole town does sign the 30-day non-smoking pledge, unless there was a wall around the town to shut people in, nothing prevents people from traveling to other nearby towns and smoking there, then returning to Eagle Rock. 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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Never a dull moment....
16 March 2003 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

A great vintage comedy based on an original idea with non stop comic action and hilarious gags that will keep you laughing all the way.The actors are superb demonstrating the human weakness in a splendid manner.They do their best to stay of smoking for a month to win the big money prize.It sounds easy but is almost impossible because the city is full of fanatic smokers including the town's doctor who is the heaviest of them all.Will they make it?You'll never know until the end because....I can't reveal anything else Find it and watch it now..I love this film and i can't understand why it has not been reissued on dvd yet.Surely it deserves it and i for one would buy it instantly.Deserves to be in any self respecting comedy collection.....8 out of 10


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