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
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 _Wizard of Oz, The (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  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$8,500,000 (USA)

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The picture was a financial disaster at the box office and Chevy Chase described the film as "one of the worst movies ever made". See more »


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A funny satire of stereotypes
14 June 2004 | by (Denver, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie that satirizes Hollywood stereotypes in a fun filled slapstick romp. Sadly, many people miss the point of satire, and will only see the stereotypes. They will not enjoy the movie, but then why do people with no sense of humor even pick up a comedy??

The main character is led through an unbelievable sequence of events while staying at a hotel awaiting a tryout for "The Wizard of Oz". The hotel is filled with hopefuls for the Munchkin parts, and has been chosen as a supposedly quiet meeting place for a Japanese and German spy to exchange info.

The German is a midget, and the addition of a Japanese tour bus stopping at the hotel makes the meeting of these two spies quite a mess.

toss in lots of slapstick, satire, and chase fun, and you have a comedy romp that the whole family can belly laugh to.

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