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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
Old Man
Jason Clarke Adams ...
Cameron Johann ...
Ross Eldridge ...
Bill McDonald ...
Marjorie O'Neill-Butler ...
Edward Logan ...
W. Clapham Murray ...
Frank T. Wells ...
Robert J. Colonna ...
John (as Robert T. Colonna)
Arnie Cox ...


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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Comedy | Family





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


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 »


[Randy desperately has to go to the bathroom]
Randy: [whining] Mom, I can't undo my knot; I have to go!
Ralph's Mother: Ralph, would you help your brother?
Ralph: For crying out loud! OK, runt, let's go!
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This movie is great family fare! Nostalgia, humor, and a touch of the bizarre make this a real viewing treat.
21 November 1998 | by (Central California) – See all my reviews

"Ollie Hopnoodle" sounds corny, but I enjoyed this nostalgic, and, at times, zany look at one family's annual midwest vacation ritual. "Ahh, vacation . . . the greatest word in the English language."

The story is told by an unseen narrator (Jean Shepherd) as a grown man looking back on the summer he got his first job (at age 14), and hated it after the first day. It was a time of growing up a little, when he--"Ralph"--discovered what it meant to part of the world of the "work zombies." But this was a subplot to the main theme of the family's annual two-week vacation trek to Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss at Clear Lake.

The family of four loads the car with a "pile of vacation stuff" they had been collecting in a corner of the kitchen for weeks. Finally, the big day arrives. They pack the stuff into and on top of the old sedan, secure it tightly with ropes, and, like Ma and Pa Kettle, set off on the much-awaited trip. One funny mishap after another follow, at times a bit zany, but never too far-fetched. This is what makes the movie so good -- it's believable, and it'll strike a responsive chord with anybody who's ever gone on a family vacation.

This film is one of our household favorites. It's pure fun, with no profanity, violence, or sex. If you're in the mood for quality, funny family entertainment, look for "Ollie Hopnoodle." It'll tickle your funny bone and tug at your heart strings.

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