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Under the Rainbow (1981)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  31 July 1981 (USA)
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A visiting dignitary, a CIA agent, a Nazi spy, Japanese tourists, an assassin and a group of "midget" actors from The Wizard of Oz (1939) all check into an elite Los Angeles hotel called Under the Rainbow.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Clark
The Duchess
The Duke
The Assassin
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Cork Hubbert ...
Rollo Sweet
Pat McCormick ...
Henry Hudson
Richard Stahl ...
Lester Hudson
Freeman King ...
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In 1938 Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from the cast of _Wizard of Oz, The (1939)_). Secret Service agent Bruce Thorpe and casting director Annie Clark find romance amidst the intrigue and confusion. Written by <>

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Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szivárvány alatt  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$8,500,000 (USA)

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The film was made and released about forty-two years after The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »


The Duchess: So nice to see you...
[squinting, as she's practically blind]
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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Things Are Looking Up Today
Words and Music by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Played and Sung during the opening credits
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Camp Classic
25 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

It does amaze me at times to see what are considered camp classics and then see how so many people can miss an obvious one. This is one film that truly has it all...drunken midgets, nazi spies, princess leia, and a host of off-colour jokes sure to offend ALL. Seriously, if your a member of the PC thought police this film will give you reason to write your congressman (or is it congressperson?) but if you are intelligent enough to realize that when everyone is being poked fun at no one is stigmatized then you might just enjoy this comedic spoof which is as frantic and disjointed as the plot.

One last point regarding the "munchkins": although it might be easy to see this film as taking liberty with the rumors (and some were true) that the midgets who acted in the Wizard of Oz were wild drinking partiers, it should be noted that this notion goes just as far to show how normal this population is; just as interested in getting drunk, laid, and having a good time as the rest of society. A very human face which has not always been offered to actors who are seen primarily in fantasy films (Oz, Willy Wonka, Time Bandits, and even Tiny Town). I do know that the actors on this film were paid better than those on Oz and certainly had no problem with the script in giving their enjoyable performances.

A fun ride

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