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Cold Turkey (1971)

PG-13  |   |  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
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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Trivia

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 had 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 »

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

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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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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