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Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (1988)

It's summertime in Hohman, Indiana, and 14-year-old Ralph Parker can't wait to get his first job. His friends Schwartz and Flick are less enthusiastic, and the job turns into a nightmare ... See full summary »

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Jean Shepherd ...
Ralph, the Man / Scott
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Old Man
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Mom
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Jason Clarke Adams ...
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Ross Eldridge ...
Bill McDonald ...
Cop
Marjorie O'Neill-Butler ...
Clerk
Edward Logan ...
Johnson
W. Clapham Murray ...
Archie
Frank T. Wells ...
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Robert J. Colonna ...
John (as Robert T. Colonna)
Arnie Cox ...
Ace
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It's summertime in Hohman, Indiana, and 14-year-old Ralph Parker can't wait to get his first job. His friends Schwartz and Flick are less enthusiastic, and the job turns into a nightmare presided over by the story's author, Jean Shepherd, in hilariously unconvincing movie makeup. Ralph's dad hardly can wait for the family's upcoming fishing vacation in Michigan at the movie title's resort but will have to drive their old car through a sea of troubles to get there. Fuzzhead the dog runs away and joins a wealthy family, to the consternation of Mom, who patiently handles über-whiner little-brother Randy and buys a whirligig as consolation. Written by John Chapot

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The dog Fuzzhead was portrayed by Jean Shepherd's real-life dog Daphne. See more »

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The story takes place in Indiana, but Texas license plates can be seen on many of the cars. See more »

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Ralph's Mother: [in a high pitched voice] Boys! Come on, breakfast is ready!
[radio shorts out and breaks]
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Followed by It Runs in the Family (1994) See more »

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A classic summer flick in my house
15 July 2004 | by (NS, Canada) – See all my reviews

My family and I have been watching this movie at least once every summer since 1988 (we taped it). It's one of those movies you can watch a thousand times, have every line memorized, and still laugh at all the same jokes. One thing I noticed about this one is that they switched the characters of Schwartz and Flick. In "A Christmas Story", Schwartz is the cool, cocky one and Flick is the pathetic loser. In this installment, Flick is the cool one and Schwartz is the loser. Is this intended? Oh well, no matter what it's a great movie. The people who play the parents are excellent. Especially James Sikking, he is absolutely hilarious. I want to see this on DVD sometime soon. Everyone should see this movie. Family Channel should run it again.


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