The Road to Wellville (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 October 1994 (USA)
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A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early 20th century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Lightbody
George Kellogg
Goodloe Bender
Dr. Lionel Badger
Endymion Hart-Jones
Ida Muntz
Nurse Irene Graves
Virginia Cranehill
Roy Brocksmith ...
Poultney Dab
Mrs. Tindermarsh
Young George Kellogg


A madcap portrayal of William Lightbody's stay at the health farm run by cereal king Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. William's wife, Eleanor, has persuaded him to go to Kellogg to have his system cleaned of impurities. Kellogg is very unconventional, and almost barbaric in his treatments. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy of the heart and other organs.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aux bons soins du Dr Kellogg  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


£932,040 (UK) (24 February 1995)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Nicholson was considered to star as Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. See more »


When Mr. Unpronounceable is dead, you can see him breathing. See more »


Interviewer: Sir, how often should one evacuate one's bowels?
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg: One should never, ever, interrupt one's desire to defecate. I have inquired at the Bronx and London Zoos as to the daily bowel evacuations of primates. It is not once, twice, or three times, sir, but four. At the end of an average day, their cages are filled with a veritable mountain of natural health.
Interviewer: And, sex?
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg: Sex is the sewer drain of a healthy body, sir! Any use of the sexual act other than procreation is a waste of vital energy! Wasted seeds...
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Referenced in Action: Blowhard (1999) See more »


The San Waltz
Composed by Rachel Portman
Performed by The San Waltz Quartet
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A great parody of the health nuts.
8 March 2002 | by (Princeton, NJ) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie years ago in the theater, I hated it. I just watched it again (2002) and loved it. It has several laugh out loud jokes and is a running smirk movie. If you've ever had any experience with alternative meds - you'll love it to. It is so self effacing it is wonderful. Don't expect The Godfather cinema type and you won't be disappointed. It is wonderful to see Hopkins & Broderick playing it straight.


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