The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan, who, before kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, under the Big W. All of the motorists set out to find the fortune.Written by
The Rancho Conejo Airport, where Dingy and Benjy land, was an actual airport in Newbury Park, a part of Thousand Oaks, from 1960-65. In 2013 the property was converted into a gated housing community named Rancho Conejo Village. It is just north of the 101 Freeway at the Ventu Park exit. The Rancho Conejo Airport never had a tower. The one in the movie was built just for the film. See more »
When everyone is driving away from Smiler's accident, the camera and crew are reflected in the door as Pike gets out of his truck. See more »
Migrant truck driver:
[after barreling down a hill and stuff flies off the truck]
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I didn't want to move to California.
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The opening credits are a sequence of gags all related to a globe of the world. See more »
What can I say? It's an epic adventure and comedy rolled into one! It's been my #1 all-time favorite film since childhood, which says a lot. I was surprised to find out how underrated it is. Critics always talk about how it stars so many famous comedians. The novelty overshadows the movie itself. Like I said, I saw this at a very young age, and didn't know who all these actors were. This is the movie that introduced me to them.
It also gets downplayed, being labeled as "slapstick." But that's cutting it short. There's a lot of subtleness in there too. The performances are outstanding. I've never seen a movie that has so many memorable characters all in one.
Each of them go on their own adventure, inter-cutting along the way, as they each have to overcome their own obstacles and meet other characters on their journey. It's like several movies all intertwined together, and most of it happens in real time. The 2 1/2 hour run time feels appropriate and passes like nothing. Every second is entertaining, which is the greatest accomplishment for a motion picture to achieve.
The film resonates with me on a deeper level. All these characters met on the side of the road. They were just ordinary hard working people who had nothing in common, except for one dream. That unreachable fantasy. They all wanted the money so bad. They weren't happy with their lives. They wanted a change, and they would do anything to beat each other. They're overcome by greed which becomes their overlying problem.
Fantastic movie! Full of hilarious moments, and a great story!
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