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?


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 »


William Lightbody: Oh, no, no, I can't eat fifteen gallons of yoghurt.
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg: Oh, it's not going in that end, Mr. Lightbody.
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Referenced in Action: Blowhard (1999) See more »


By Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by JoAnne McNamara and Constantin Belyayev
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People, you definitely missed the point!
20 August 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

RTW is by all means a very funny movie. Sure, one can find it disgusting in some details, but it is nothing more than a point of view. On the formal side, you cannot say much against it: it has an excellent cast, superb costumes and buildings, it almost captured this long gone time. And, by the way, these stupid gadgets and therapies, they were real, they didn´t invent anything. OK, the story could be a little bit straighter, but thats all. Otherwise, RTW is holding a mirror for the health and fitness obsession of our times and one should be able to laugh about that too. All in all a good one. I´m sorry for those, who cannot like it because of their prudery, rest of you just try to watch a little bit more open - minded.

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