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Writers:
Jay Cronley (book)
Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 June 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Chevy Chase finds life in the country isn't what it's cracked up to be!
Plot:
When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Overlooked comedy gem See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chevy Chase ... Andy Farmer
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Elizabeth Farmer (as Madolyn Smith)
Kevin O'Morrison ... Sheriff Ledbetter

Joseph Maher ... Michael Sinclair
Jack Gilpin ... Bud Culbertson
Caris Corfman ... Betsy Culbertson
William Severs ... Newspaper Editor

Mike Starr ... Crocker

Glenn Plummer ... Mickey
William Duell ... Old Character
Helen Lloyd Breed ... Old Operator
Kit Le Fever ... Young Operator (as Le Fevre)

Dakin Matthews ... Marion Corey Jr.
William Newman ... Gus Lotterhand

Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Ethel Dinges
Brad Sullivan ... Brock

Nesbitt Blaisdell ... Hank

George Buck ... Peterbrook
Audrie Neenan ... Ivy (as Audrie J. Neenan)
MacIntyre Dixon ... Mayor Barclay (as Macintye Dixon)

Bill Fagerbakke ... Lon Criterion
Nicholas Wyman ... Dirk Criterion

Raynor Scheine ... Oates
Peter Boyden ... Reporter

Reg E. Cathey ... Reporter
Dan Desmond ... Reporter
Don Plumley ... Reporter
Brett Miller ... Teenager
Jamie Meyer ... Teenager
David Woodberry ... Ike
Kevin Murphy ... Ewell
Dennis Barr ... First Base Coach
Barbara Baker ... Woman in Stands
David Williams ... Marcus
Steve Jonas ... Driving Instructor
Russell Bletzer ... Councilman
Evelyn McLean ... Caroler
Steven John ... Caroler
Robert Conner ... Caroler
Judson Duncan ... Caroler
Alison Hannas ... Caroler
Robert Ingram ... Caroler
Mary Johnson ... Caroler
Kristin Kellom ... Caroler
Paul Link ... Caroler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Conway ... Crum Petree, the Mailman (uncredited)
Hans Cozzens ... Christmas caroler (uncredited)

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Elizabeth's Student (uncredited)
Darren Higgins ... Boy with Deer (uncredited)
Fabio May ... Townie (uncredited)

Diane Yang ... Elizabeth's Student (uncredited)

Directed by
George Roy Hill 
 
Writing credits
Jay Cronley (book)

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)

Produced by
Bruce Bodner .... executive producer
Robert Crawford Jr. .... producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
Patrick Kelley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography) (as Miroslav Ondricek)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne  (as Jim Payne)
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
George Goodman .... unit production manager
Lee Haas .... unit production manager: New York
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Mickey Moore)
Princess O'Mahoney .... second assistant director (as Princess McLean)
Michael Rapley .... second second assistant director
Liz Ryan .... second assistant director: New York
Jim Van Wyck .... first assistant director
Robert E. Warner .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Judy Cammer .... set designer
Gerard Cubero .... leadman (as Gerard M. Cubero)
Mike Cunningham .... assistant property master
Robert DePatis .... construction coordinator (as Bob DePatis)
Henry Larrecq .... assistant art director
Michael Ross .... property master
Carol Winstead Wood .... production illustrator
Yarek Alfer .... head sculptor (uncredited)
Paul W. Gorfine .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Deborah Dawson .... assistant adr editor
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Clark King .... sound mixer
Richard Kite .... boom operator
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor (as Harold Levinsohn)
Eytan Mirsky .... assistant sound editor
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Ahmad Shirazi .... sound editor
Dana Stefenson .... assistant sound editor
Neil L. Kaufman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects coordinator
Albert Delgado .... special effects (as Al Delgado)
A.J. Thrasher .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... matte consultant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Cliff Cudney .... stunts
Lisa Dalton .... stunts (as Lisa Loving)
John Patrick McLaughlin .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts
Don Picard .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Brown .... assistant camera: second unit (as Robert Brown)
Greg Coelho .... assistant chief lighting technician
Raymond Fortune .... electrician
Robert E. Gaynor .... dolly grip (as Bob Gaynor)
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator: second unit (as Richard Kratina)
Robert Miller Jr. .... second grip
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator (as Tom Priestley)
Andrew Priestley .... second assistant camera (as Andy Priestley)
Richard Quinlan .... chief lighting technician (as Dick Quinlan)
Ed Quinn .... key grip
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer (as Jurgen Vollmer)
Glenn Corbett .... best boy (uncredited)
Alex Rodriguez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Greenhoe .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eddie Marks .... costumer
Marilyn Matthews .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
John Hill .... assistant film editor (as John Andrew Hill)
Mark Livolsi .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Kathy Durning .... supervising music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain: New York (as Ed Iacobelli)
Gene R. Johnson .... transportation coordinator (as Gene Johnson)
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation captain (as Jerry Johnson)
Bobby Marsh .... driver
 
Other crew
Jim Barr .... production accountant
Cynthia R. Coulter .... animal handler
Patti Dalzell .... script supervisor
Camille De Mave .... assistant: George Roy Hill (as Camille DeMave)
Eric Feldman .... production runner
Cathy Haft .... location manager: New York
Tim Hill .... production runner
David Israel .... location manager
Alan Jacques .... projectionist
Angela Kaye .... secretary: Chevy Chase
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator: New York
Eric Myers .... unit publicist (as Eric Meyers)
Matthew O'Conner .... production runner
Martha Yates .... production secretary
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Marsha Zvonkin .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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101 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The NYC building that Andy and Elizabeth move out from in the beginning of the film is The Apthorp Building. Residents have included Nora Ephron, Al Pacino, Conan O'Brien, Cyndi Lauper, and Rosie O'Donnell. The average apartment price is $6.5 million.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Andy and and Michael Sinclair are trying to disable Crum Petree's pickup truck with the boulder, Andy attempts to conceal Michael with brush (leaves, twigs, branches). The amount of brush covering Michael changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Andy Farmer:We came to Redbud filled with hopes and dreams of a better life. And basically, we've seen those hopes and dreams crushed and battered before our very eyes.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Before I Die (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Silent NightSee more »

FAQ

Is this based on a book?
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked comedy gem, 17 February 2000
Author: krumski from Cincinnati, Ohio

Now, admittedly, I saw this during a period of my life when I believed Chevy Chase could do no wrong but even so, this is one that holds up, and was unfairly lambasted by the critics. From the ads (if you can even remember that far back!) this looked like it was just going to be a "Vacation" rip-off, sort of "The Griswolds Move To the Country." Believe me, the humor in this film is much slyer and more charming than anything in the Vacation pictures (of which the first one was solid, the next two lame). The film is about a sportswriter (Chase) who quits his job in order to move out to the country with his wife (the wonderful Madolyn Smith) and write the Great American Novel. The movie details his gradual come uppance, as he realizes that neither country living nor his talent is all that it's cracked up to be.

The film wonderfully skews the convention of the innocent country rubes moving to the big city and being overwhelmed by its meanness and craziness. Here, it's the cityfolk who move wide-eyed to the country - and are amazed to find there a roll call of crazies, misanthropes, and just plain wierdos. Does this view of country life have any basis in reality? Probably not, but then the film isn't really trying to be a satire but instead a pure lunatic comic fantasy. And it gives us a rich array of supporting characters - from the town sheriff who hasn't yet passed his driving test and so must ride around in cabs, to the owner of an antiques store whose merchandise are all personal. All these characters are priceless, and the film just keeps coming up with more and more of them - until it has created this pleasantly bizarre and warped Otherworld, of a kind that only comedy can truly provide.

Best of all is the way in which Chase and Smith react to all of this and try to make some sense of it. I very clearly say "Chase and Smith" because the film belongs equally to both of them. It had to be billed as a Chevy Chase Comedy, of course, since he's the big star here, but this is no star trip; from the very first, the wife is made an equal partner in the trials and the laughs, and it's the way the two go through their new life together that provides much of the comedy. It also helps take the edge off of the usual Chevy Chase persona: in Funny Farm he's neither glib and disinterested (as in the Fletch movies) nor over the top silly (like in the Vacation movies). He comes across instead like a normal, personable guy who just finds himself caught in insane circumstances.

Finally, the climactic sequence of the film is absolutely priceless - one of the most brilliantly sustained comic set-pieces you'll see in any movie, of any era. Funny Farm is the type of movie which gives you a great time and leaves you with a big, dopey grin on your face after it's all over. Trust me, even if you don't normally like Chevy Chase, you'll love Funny Farm.

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