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The Road to Wellville (1994)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)

Gross 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, New York, 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 »


Waiter: What would you like for dinner?
William Lightbody: Toast.
Waiter: And how would you like that, sir?
William Lightbody: Toasted.
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Arrangement by Robert B. Hill
Performed by The San Brass Quartet
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Surprised at the ratings!
26 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

After seeing a part of the movie for the tenth time or so (this one seems to be playing a lot on one of the satellite movie channels), I figured it was high time to give it a rating. I was very surprised and disappointed to see that it rated so low overall, as I've always enjoyed the movie (over and over again!). I'm beginning to think that the general movie-viewing public has become too generic in their tastes, and don't have an appreciation for throwback oddball comedies such as The Road to Wellville. If that's so, it's a real shame! Ah well, to each their own! As for me, I love the movie's offbeat and subdued humor, with much of the cast greatly contributing to why I'm kept smiling. George (both the youth and adult versions), is especially hilarious-- "Meat and Potatoes!", "Give us a hug", and simply his appearance in both forms. I've always liked John Cusack and Matthew Broderick, so having them together in a movie such as this was a treat. And what a role for Anthony Hopkins-- a far cry from Hannibal Lector! The period nature of the movie was likewise attractive... oh how it would be fun to be able to step back into a setting such as that, though I'll pass on the cleansing processes!

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