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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
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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Final film of Edward Everett Horton; released posthumously. 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 »

Quotes

Edgar Stopworth: How old do you think I am?
Rev. Clayton Brooks: Oh, 42?
Edgar Stopworth: No. I'm 42.
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Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971) See more »

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Our God, Our Help in Ages Past
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Words by Isaac Watts (1719)
Music by William Croft (1708)
Sung by the church choir
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Early Signs of the Norman Lear Touch
23 July 2002 | by (Olathe, KS, USA) – See all my reviews

There is a lot more to this movie than initially meets the eye. The obvious humor is good enough, but the social commentary that is wryly interjected makes this a funnier movie the second time around. There is a lot of satire about the media, the tobacco industry and organized religion.

I can't be completely objective about this movie. It was filmed in my home town when I was 9 years old. My parents, grandmother and step-grandfather and LOTS of people I know are in the crowd scenes. One of those little fuzz balls in the back ground is me, but alas, Hollywood never called <grin>.

Norman Lear, Dick Van Dyke and many of the other cast members returned to Greenfield, IA for the 30th anniversary celebration. Norman Lear mentioned that the idea for "All in the Family" was rejected by the networks. They never felt that the program would fly in middle America. His experience with the good people of Iowa during the filming reinforced his belief that "All in the Family" would be a hit.

Watching this movie gives a glimpse into what was to become the genius of Norman Lear. I don't think it is one of the world's all time great comedies, but it is certainly worth a look - or perhaps two.


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