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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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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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Prior to being challenged to start smoking himself, the Reverend is shown (talking with his wife after a speech) holding a lit cigarette. See more »

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Edgar Stopworth: The booze bone is connected to the smoke bone and the smoke bone is connected to the head bone and that's the word of the Lord!
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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)
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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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