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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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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

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 »

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When the church service is being televised, the choir boy in the upper right is replaced in later takes. See more »

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Tobacco Executive: You said no town in America would sign up.
Wren: Must've - must've got my wires crossed somewhere.
Tobacco Executive: Now you'll say they won't go through with it.
Wren: Bottom line? Never.
Tobacco Executive: How do you know they won't smoke and hide out? How do you know that, Wren?
Wren: Well, they, uh... they took an oath. On, uh, like, a bible.
Tobacco Executive: We didn't think it was on a slab of bacon.
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Referenced in Midnight Hard (1971) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Written by John Philip Sousa
Played during band medley
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Funniest film I've ever seen
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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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