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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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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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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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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)

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£932,040 (UK) (24 February 1995)
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Much of the movie was filmed at the Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz, NY, a Quaker-family-owned hotel built in stages from 1879 to 1910. It's situated on the Shawangunk Ridge, which is south of the Catskill Mountains. See more »

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

Quotes

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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By Franz Schubert
Arrangement by Alfred Pochon
Performed by The San String Orchestra
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one of the best comedies I've ever seen
5 March 2005 | by (Hendersonville, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I can't believe some of the reviews I've read on this site about The Road to Wellville. Some people complain that it was crude and disgusting, others complain that it didn't have a coherent plot, and still others whine that it wasn't historically accurate (concerning Dr. Kellogg's methods). Those reviewers clearly missed the boat.

As for those who thought the movie was crude and disgusting, what did you expect from a comedy set in a turn-of-the-century health sanitorium run by a well meaning but eccentric doctor? Such a movie is bound to contain scenes of patients vomiting, getting enemas, and having a sexual tryst or two, just as undoubtedly occurred in many health sanitoriums at that time. Furthermore, none of those scenes were graphic, so I don't understand anybody being offended by them.

As for complaints that the movie didn't have a coherent plot, it didn't need one. It was a comedy, not a drama! The health sanitorium setting was a perfect vehicle for satirizing turn-of-the-century attitudes about health, and it was the dialogue and comedic situations that held the movie together and kept it moving, not its plot.

Finally, for those who complain that the movie wasn't historically accurate about Dr. Kellogg's actual methods (such as his character's use of electric-powered machines for health therapy), the movie was a comedy, not a biography! It was meant to elicit laughs, and in that respect it was a smashing success. I haven't laughed so much during a movie in a long time.

Some people should take Sargeant Hulka's ("Stripes") advice and "lighten up." Good comedy is not dependent on plot or historical accuracy to be entertaining; all that matters is that it's funny, and Wellville was one of the funniest comedies I've ever seen.


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