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The Road to Wellville (1994)

A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early 20th century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg.



(novel), (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »



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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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$6,507,514 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Eleanor Lightbody: I wanted to be more than a hole in the mattress that answers to a name.
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Referenced in Raising Hope: Road to Natesville (2014) See more »


Christmas Oratorio (Opus 12)
By Camille Saint-Saƫns
Performed by The Mid-Hudson Camerata Chorale
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Ahead of it's time....or just too mature in it's humor for it's own good?

I have been trying to catch up with this for years...ever since it was barely released...critically slammed...and buried. Now that it has finally been allowed to escape back into pay cable play (and is out on DVD....in pan and scan only....since it and it's fans get no respect)I have finally been able to discover what an over looked gem it is. This is not only one of the quirkiest, bravest, and flat out funniest comedies of it's decade...it is also among the handsomest and best cast "Period Pieces".

I was prepared to enjoy the film....if only for the chance to savor the enormous amount of talent involved....but I had not expected to discover that each member of the cast was at their absolute peak! What a year Bridget Fonda had...wonderful in "It Could Happen To You"....and so heart stoppingly radiant in her period finery here!....One has to ask "What Happened?????"...She looks so ready for a HUGE career...and the past decade of film could have so used her beauty, talent, and class. Her costars Cusack and Broderick have, of course, had better luck....but this should have put them in line for a level of mainstream A-List stardom that never quite came true. Anthony Hopkins and Dana Carvey are so unexpectedly flat out brilliant and hysterical (I will never be able to hear John Huston's voice again without thinking of Hopkin's wicked riff on it) that they seem to be operating on a plain far removed from there usual level.

I could also go on for many paragraphs about the sensational supporting cast....every member of which was perfectly chosen....I have to at least mention Cameryn Manheim....who glows with such sexy charisma that she dominates every seen she appears in....So refreshing and erotic in the modern Hollywood universe of undernourished Barbie Clones.

In Summation....all I have to say is sit back...savor it for two hours....think about it in comparison to almost all of this years "Blockbusters" and understand what is really wrong with Hollywood...Too many critics recognize class hen they see it...and too few audiences get a chance to discover it for themselves....HERE IT IS PEOPLE....Enjoy.

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