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Under the Rainbow (1981)

PG | | Comedy | 31 July 1981 (USA)
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

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The Duchess
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The Duke
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The Assassin
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Otto Kriegling
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Nakomuri
Cork Hubbert ...
Rollo Sweet
Pat McCormick ...
Tiny
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Henry Hudson
Richard Stahl ...
Lester Hudson
Freeman King ...
Otis
Peter Isacksen ...
Homer
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Louie
Bennett Ohta ...
Akido
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Storyline

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 The Wizard of Oz (1939)). Secret Service agent Bruce Thorpe and casting director Annie Clark find romance amidst the intrigue and confusion. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Somewhere, Under The Rainbow, way down low - Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and 150 midgets are fighting valiantly to save our country against all Oz! See more »

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Comedy

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31 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szivárvány alatt  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Zelda Rubinstein. See more »

Quotes

Otis: [to Bruce Thorpe] Thank God you're tall.
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Crazy Credits

Main cast list ends with a separate dedication: "and Leonard Barr as Pops Good-bye, Leonard, we'll miss you very much..." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

We Always Knew You Knew You Could
(1981)
Words and Music by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Played and Sung during the end credits
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Strange but True... sort of.
12 October 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie is a farce. It's big, broad humor... or little broad humor, to be accurate because most of the actors are little people.

The Culver Hotel played host to all of the actors who played munchkins during the filming of The Wizard of Oz. Apparently, it was a debacle. The actors partied, drank, and wreaked havoc on the hotel during a stay that has become legendary in Los Angeles.

While the specific events of this film are fictional, most of the movie is indeed based on a true event.

Now, of course a great story doesn't always make for a good movie. This is indeed a broad, goofy, slapstick comedy. Whatever your level of offense at ethnic and physical stereotypes, some of the humor is groan-worthy.


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