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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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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According to the 'Mutant Reviewers' website, "part of the inspiration for Under the Rainbow (1981) comes from rumors that the little people did party hard and tear apart the hotel they stayed at during filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Those rumors do not seem to be true, but were used as basis of this film". See more »


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Like A Seinfeld episode
1 March 2002 | by (Does it matter?) – See all my reviews

That's right...this movie is as campy and goofy as you can get and one almost wonders why the stars that were in it (at the time) decided that THIS was a film that they wanted to be in...but...to watch it again...it's almost like a precursor to a Seinfeld episode whereas the many plots all come together at the end to make a very funny and often overlooked film...come on...if Rocky Horror is regarded as a classic, why can't this film?...it has a plethora of midgets, Japanese tourists and spies...Chevy Chase in his prime...and is a takeoff of the Wizard of Oz?...how much more odd can you get...a definite rental that grows on you!

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