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Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Family  -  6 August 1988 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Shepherd ...
Ralph, the Man / Scott
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Old Man
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Mom
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Jason Clarke Adams ...
Cameron Johann ...
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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Near the end when the family is stopped at a railroad crossing, the caboose on the train is Burlington Northern, which wasn't formed until 1971. See more »

Quotes

Ralph's Mother: [the family is finishing loading the car] OK, we have the box of canned goods... did you get the bath mat?
Old Man: The what?
Ralph's Mother: The bath mat!
Old Man: A bath mat? What do we need a bath mat for?
Ralph's Mother: Well, you never know! It might be nice.
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Follows A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

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Fantastic Fun!!
15 June 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Believe it or not, I actually saw this movie before I saw "A Christmas Story"! This was the movie that made me fall in love with Jean Sheperd, Ralphie and all of his lovable family and friends ...including, "Fuzzhead, Fuzzhead, Fuzzhead!" The cast has changed, but it doesn't seem to matter, as I always think of it as being the same. The characters are captured beautifully as established in the original film by Darrin McGavin, etal. The film is wonderfully nostalgic as it follows Ralphie's family on their annual family vacation. Lots of good, clean, family fun and humor. It is unfortunate that it has never been released on video as this is a family favorite and an absolute must see!


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