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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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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
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Rollo Sweet
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Tiny
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Henry Hudson
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Lester Hudson
Freeman King ...
Otis
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Homer
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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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Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szivárvány alatt  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,297,493 (USA) (2 August 1981)

Gross:

$18,826,490 (USA)
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Trivia

In the film, the acronym "JAPS" stands for "Japanese Amateur Photography Society". In real-life "Japs" was a derogatory word used to refer to Japanese people before, during, and after World War II. See more »

Quotes

The Duchess: So nice to see you...
[squinting, as she's practically blind]
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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

Spoofs Stagecoach (1939) See more »

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My Hat, It Has Three Corners
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Traditional
Played by the band
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It's a Funny Movie
24 July 2005 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Pat McCormack, Billy Barty, Eve Arden, Joseph Maher, Adam Arkin, Cork Hubbard, Robert Donner – how could it not be good. The temporary manager (Arkin) of the Culver Hotel, across from MGM in 1939, changes its name to Hotel Rainbow to take advantage of the publicity surrounding the soon-to-be shot Wizard of Oz. It works as the studio's talent agent (Fisher) books rooms for all of their wouldbe munchkins. So, we start with hundreds of partying little people who make a Shriners convention look like a religious retreat. Throw in an FBI agent (Chase) protecting a traveling Duke (Maher) and Duchess (Arden) from a crazed assassin (Donner), and then a couple of dozen photo- snapping Japanese tourists whose bus breaks down in front of the hotel. Finally, sift in a Japanese agent (Mako) and a dwarf Nazi spy (Barty) who are looking for each other in a hotel full of Japanese and dwarfs. The plot is decent without getting in the way of the comedy, the acting is great, and the dialogue is often superb (What floor do you want? Ballroom. Oh' I'm sorry, I didn't know I was crowding you.) All in all, it's a great way to spend an afternoon.


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