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Cold Turkey (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 February 1971 (USA)
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
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Hugh Upson / David Chetley / Sandy Van Andy (as Bob)
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Walter Chronic / Paul Hardly / Arthur Lordly (as Ray)
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Mayor Quincey L. Wappler
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Dr. Proctor
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Amos Bush
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Mrs. Wappler
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Letitia Hornsby
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Odie Turman
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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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Rated PG-13 for smoking content throughout and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dropping the cigarettes onto the crowd, in the last midnight town square gathering, was actually done by putting 8" diameter, 25'-long pipes against the trees in the town square. The pipes were then filled with cigarettes. Then, on cue, air was blasted into the pipe bottom, shooting them into the air and onto the crowd. After each take everyone was asked to gather up the cigarettes from the ground and turn them in so they could be reloaded into the cigarette canons and rained down again. The filming of this final scene took several weeks in the late fall in Iowa where it is pretty cold. In the movie it is supposed to be summer time so the actresses are dressed in summer dresses. In between takes everyone (actors and extras) were huddled in winter coats sucking on ice cubes. The ice cubes kept their mouth and breath cold so they wouldn't steam when they breathed. See more »

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Bishop Manley calls Dearborn, Michigan "General Motors country." Actually, Dearborn is the home of Ford Motor Company, its world headquarters and its flagship River Rouge plant. No GM facilities have been located in Dearborn. See more »

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Listen to the Mockingbird
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Music by Richard Milburn and lyrics by Septimus Winner (1855)
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Funniest film I've ever seen
25 November 2001 | by (Belfast, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I think this is the funniest film I've ever seen. I might vote it as the most under rated film of all time. Only seen it once - about 20 years ago - so I can't be sure. Extremely funny, satirical but also building to a very tense climax. Dick Van Dyke is a great light comedy performer. Script is superb. Satirises an important issue and the central premise is simple and powerful.


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