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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
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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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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

Some posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "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 »

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

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) 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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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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