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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 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 ...
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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)

Gross:

$8,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The film was nominated for two Razzies - Worst Musical Score and Worst Supporting Actor (Billy Barty) at the 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards in 1982, but the movie failed to take home a gong in either category. See more »

Quotes

Otto Kriegling: [pointing his gun at Thorpe's crotch] You will cooperate, or I'll blow your brains out.
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Main cast list ends with a separate dedication: "and Leonard Barr as Pops Good-bye, Leonard, we'll miss you very much..." See more »

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Spoofs Gone with the Wind (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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Camp Classic
25 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

It does amaze me at times to see what are considered camp classics and then see how so many people can miss an obvious one. This is one film that truly has it all...drunken midgets, nazi spies, princess leia, and a host of off-colour jokes sure to offend ALL. Seriously, if your a member of the PC thought police this film will give you reason to write your congressman (or is it congressperson?) but if you are intelligent enough to realize that when everyone is being poked fun at no one is stigmatized then you might just enjoy this comedic spoof which is as frantic and disjointed as the plot.

One last point regarding the "munchkins": although it might be easy to see this film as taking liberty with the rumors (and some were true) that the midgets who acted in the Wizard of Oz were wild drinking partiers, it should be noted that this notion goes just as far to show how normal this population is; just as interested in getting drunk, laid, and having a good time as the rest of society. A very human face which has not always been offered to actors who are seen primarily in fantasy films (Oz, Willy Wonka, Time Bandits, and even Tiny Town). I do know that the actors on this film were paid better than those on Oz and certainly had no problem with the script in giving their enjoyable performances.

A fun ride


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