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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 overview, first billed only:
Annie Clark
The Duchess
The Duke
The Assassin
Otto Kriegling
Cork Hubbert ...
Rollo Sweet
Pat McCormick ...
Henry Hudson
Richard Stahl ...
Lester Hudson
Freeman King ...
Peter Isacksen ...
Bennett Ohta ...


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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Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$8,500,000 (USA)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 and during World War II. See more »


Bruce Thorpe: You dropped your... diaphragm!
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »


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What a great underrated movie...
10 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a great underrated movie. Everywhere I look it gets awful reviews, but they don't seem to take into account the campiness of the movie. It doesn't make fun on little people, or at least it doesn't poke more fun at them than anyone else! It makes fun of everyone! If you can find it, at least rent it and give it a try. If you watch it, you'll want to buy it... I did.

My whole family enjoyed the movie, and I believe yours will to... Wholesome fun for anyone who enjoys spoofs of spy movies or comedies in general.

Chevy Chase is at his prime and best in this movie, sure the script isn't great, but what movie in this genre is? The slap-stick of the movie is incredible and the acting is above most in the category!

I have several friends that happen to be little people, and they all enjoyed the movie, and didn't find it offensive in the least. The writers make fun of everyone, while not belittling anyone (except Nazi war criminals, give it a chance!)...

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