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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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Mom
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Jason Clarke Adams ...
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Flick
Ross Eldridge ...
Schwartz
Bill McDonald ...
Cop
Marjorie O'Neill-Butler ...
Clerk
Edward Logan ...
Johnson
W. Clapham Murray ...
Archie
Frank T. Wells ...
Zudoc
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Gertz
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 same 'fridge that Ralphie and his friends carry up flight after flight of stairs is seen again later in the movie, abandoned by the side of a road in the woods. See more »

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The Reward poster for Fuzzhead shows an all-digit phone number. In the 1950's, all phone numbers had a two-letter exchange name, followed by 5 numbers. See more »

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[the family just stopped for Ralph's mother to look at house rugs]
Old Man: [to himself] Just once, I'd like to get to Ollie's before dark. Just once!
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Follows A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

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Loved it!
21 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a great movie. I am surprised, given how popular the Christmas Story is, that they have not released this to DVD as a sequel. I wish I could get a copy to show my kids, but have never been able to find it. Many favorite lines that we can relate to, e.g. when the family kinds a junky gift shop, "somehow, things that you would never buy at home, when you are on vacation, they make sense!" The movie has the same slow-paced, Garrison-Keillor-type wry humor that the Christmas Story has. It has the same nostalgic sense that times of blue-collar kitsch were silly, but also there was something noble about the attempt of the working man to create beauty.


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