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

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The Christopher Mott Society is a parody of the ultra-right-wing John Birch Society. In the scene where the Mott society is meeting, they listen to a record album of a talk by a right-wing pundit; many right-wing pundits put out albums of their speeches in the 1960s and 1970s and widely distributed them for sale in friendly newspapers, since they could only afford to get radio time on low-power stations. See more »

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When the big clock in the town square strikes midnight at the end of the movie, you can clearly see that someone has to turn the hands manually. The tower is actually located in the opera house and never had a clock in the top set of windows. Those were probably to give more light in the room. See more »

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Odie Turman: [Holding a pistol at Wren] Don't you move, now. With my palsy, you're in enough trouble just standing there.
Amos Bush: Odie, what are you doing? Give me my gun!
Odie Turman: But he's a Communist! Look at them cigarettes!
Wren: I was just trying to explain to the, the old lady here, this car's a rental.
Odie Turman: Sure. And I'm an unwed mother.
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using humor to poke fun at greed always works
1 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Much like "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Cold Turkey" shows how crazy people can get when they're greedy. The plot centers on a town whose people are offered a lot of money if they can stop smoking for an entire month. They agree after getting convinced by the local clergyman (Dick Van Dyke), but things start going crazy when they don't get to have their cigarettes.

The movie also pokes fun at the media, with characters like "Hugh Upson" and "Walter Chronic". But overall, the movie makes fun of the "wholesome Middle America" image, showing how even seemingly idealistic small town folk can get corrupted when money is in the picture.


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