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The Road to Wellville (1994)

 -  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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Eleanor Lightbody
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George Kellogg
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Goodloe Bender
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Dr. Lionel Badger
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Endymion Hart-Jones
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Ida Muntz
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Nurse Irene Graves
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Poultney Dab
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Mrs. Tindermarsh
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Young George Kellogg
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Storyline

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

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A comedy of the heart and other organs.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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28 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Aux bons soins du Dr Kellogg  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£932,040 (UK) (24 February 1995)
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Filmed at the Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz, NY. Built in 1879 to 1910. Situated along the Catskill Mountain range. See more »

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

Quotes

[Poultney Dab collapses in the street in front of the San]
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg: Poult, I believe you've suffered a heart attack.
[checks his pulse]
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg: Worse, much worse, you're dead, sir. Could you have picked a better place to die, Poult? Instead of out here in the street in front of everybody? Some poster child for biological living you are!
[kicks him]
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Canzonetta
By Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn)
Arrangement by Alfred Pochon
Performed by The San String Orchestra
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Hilarious Fun!
29 March 2001 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Battle Creek, Michigan is hometown to me and several generations of my family. So, maybe I appreciated 'The Road to Wellville' more than most. After all, anyone living in Battle Creek either works for the Kellogg Company or is close to someone who does. Kellogg's and Post cereal companies have affected nearly every level of Battle Creek's evolution for 100 years or more.

The great cereal boom of the early 1900s is still talked about today. And tales of the legendary Dr. Harvey Kellogg (artfully played by Anthony Hopkins), Seventh Day Adventists, and the famous (or infamous) Battle Creek 'San' are fondly retold by some of the town's elder residents. The health regimens practiced at the B.C. Sanitarium led to a host of other health-related businesses in Battle Creek which made everything from dubious exercise equipment to nearly tasteless all-veggie soybean burgers.

This film is a lively, tongue-in-cheek rendition of the intriguing story about an era when entrepreneurship in the U.S. was at its peak. The cast, featuring Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda and Dana Carvey, is excellent and the humor as wacky as it gets.

Bon appetit!


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