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(1988)

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Chevy Chase was the only original cast member to return for this sequel and he later regretted the decision. Producers also begged Rodney Dangerfield to return. Upon reading the script, he reportedly threw it in the trash can.
In a 1999 interview with The A.V. Club, Harold Ramis said of this sequel: "with Caddyshack II (1988), the studio begged me. They said, "Hey, we've got a great idea: 'The Shack is Back!'" And I said "No, I don't think so." But they said that Rodney [Dangerfield] really wanted to do it, and we could build it around Rodney. Rodney said, "Come on, do it." Then the classic argument came up which says that if you don't do it, someone will, and it will be really bad. So I worked on a script with my partner Pj Torokvei, consulting with Rodney all the time. Then Rodney got into a fight with the studio and backed out. We had some success with Back to School (1986), which I produced and wrote, and we were working with the same director, Alan Metter. When Rodney pulled out, I pulled out, and then they fired Alan and got someone else [Allan Arkush]. I got a call from [co-producer] Jon Peters saying, "Come with us to New York; we're going to see Jackie Mason!". I said, "Ooh, don't do this. Why don't we let it die?" And he said, "No, it'll be great." But I didn't go, and they got other writers to finish it. I tried to take my name off that one, but they said if I took my name off, it would come out in the trades and I would hurt the film".
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Some trailers for the original Caddyshack (1980) included a voice-over by Chevy Chase, stating, "Better than Caddyshack II."
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Jackie Mason's character has the same last name (Hartounian) as the character he played in The Jerk (1979).
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Jackie Mason played the part that Rodney Dangerfield would have played; Dan Aykroyd played the part that Bill Murray would have played; Robert Stack played the part that Ted Knight would have played; whilst Jonathan Silverman played the part that Michael O'Keefe would have played.
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Reportedly, because of the use of the gopher in this sequel, actor Bill Murray, who was involved in its creation in Caddyshack (1980), but himself did not reprise his role as the green-keeper in this sequel, sued the producers during post-production with the case being settled out of court with an undisclosed settlement.
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Along with 1987's Spaceballs (1987) and 1988's Big (1988) and Beetlejuice (1988), notable for containing "the F word" in a film rated PG during the PG-13 era.
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Reportedly, during post-production, actor Chevy Chase said to director Allan Arkush, "Call me when you've dubbed the laugh-track" and then walked away disgusted.
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According to the article "Dangerfield is picky about scripts for his movies" published in the 27th September 1988 edition of the St. Petersburg Times, Rodney Dangerfield, after mandating a number of rewrites of the script, withdrew from the movie, feeling that the picture would be unsuccessful.
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Rodney Dangerfield was going to come back to play Al Czervik again for this movie, but rejected the role because the writers (Harold Ramis and Pj Torokvei) would not let him tweak the script. As a last resort, Jackie Mason accepted to play the role, but as Jack Hartounian.
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The movie features a Jaws (1975) spoof scene just like the original Caddyshack (1980).
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The license plate number on Chandler Young (Robert Stack')'s car read "CLUB PRES" whilst the license plate number on Ty Webb (Chevy Chase)'s car said "BIG SHOT".
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At the US box-office, the picture only grossed about 25% of what the original Caddyshack (1980) took, that's US $11,798,302 compared to $39 million.
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As in Caddyshack (1980), the gopher was an animatronic puppet.
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The director and co-writer of Caddyshack (1980), Harold Ramis, only co-scripted this sequel. Caddyshack (1980) was Ramis' debut film as a director.
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During one of the underground shots of the gopher, we see an assortment of junk that he's collected in his "home." If you look closely, there is a plastic explosive (C-4) animal in the background, which was used by Bill Murray's character "Carl" from the first film. Carl dropped the clay animal in the hole in an effort to get the original gopher in the Caddyshack (1980).
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Sam Kinison was originally cast in this film but backed out when close friend Rodney Dangerfield (who was to reprise his Al Czervik role from the first film) backed out due to creative differences with the script. It is believed that Kinison was to portray the 'Peter Blunt' character; the role eventually went to Randy Quaid.
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The gopher's vocalizations were much stronger and louder in this sequel, to the point of actually being able to speak.
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Final theatrical feature film directed by Allan Arkush.
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The picture was nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture and Worst Actor (Jackie Mason). The movie won two Razzies, for Worst Original Song ("Jack Fresh") and Worst Supporting Actor (Dan Aykroyd).
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Reportedly, according to the article "Dangerfield Sued" in the 4th November 1987 edition of the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, the Warner Brothers studio sued actor-comedian Rodney Dangerfield for refusing to appear in the movie.
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Guest stars Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd had recently starred together in Spies Like Us (1985). In this movie though, they share only the one scene.
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The gopher was not billed as Mr. Gopher played by Chuck Rodent as in Caddyshack (1980).
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As with Caddyshack (1980), the name of the private members only club was "The Bushwood Country Club". The name that it got changed to when it got taken over by Jack Hartounian (Jackie Mason) was "Jacky's Wacky Golf".
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One of two 1988 feature films starring Chevy Chase. The other was Funny Farm (1988). Both movies bombed at the box-office. Chase also cameoed in 1988 in The Couch Trip (1988).
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The movie won Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 11th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1988.
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The code names which Robert Stack's and Dan Aykroyd's characters referred to each other as were respectively Mrs. Esterhouse and Mr. Sanderson.
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Actor Jackie Mason) played a character called Jack Hartounian, whose nickname was Jacky, thereby playing a character with the same first name as his own.
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A film director himself, Paul Bartel worked as an actor on the film but did not direct.
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Allan Arkush replaced Alan Metter as director. Both directors were first named Alan/Allan.
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This picture was released about eight years after the original Caddyshack (1980).
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Runs around five minutes longer than Caddyshack (1980).
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