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
Most of the desert "chase" scenes were filmed near what is now Palm Desert, CA. If you look closely, you will see a road sign for Hwy. 74, which runs south from the heart of the city of Palm Desert. The vast open spaces are now largely residential country clubs with golf courses. The chase scenes that are not in the desert were mostly filmed along Hwy. 101 between Woodland Hills and Agoura Hills, with a few scenes in Malibu and Port Hueneme. The Mobil gas station where Don Knotts loses his car is now Wood Ranch Grill in Agoura Hills. The red Dodge and the blue Chevy overturn into a creek at Agoura Road and Vejar Drive, in Agoura Hills. See more »
A close inspection of the money which is revealed in close-up as the suitcase is opened, which are $100 Federal Reserve Notes, shows them to be series 1950 or possibly later; the movie takes place in 1963, and Smiler Grogan claims the money has been buried "15 years." To be accurate, the bills should have been older than 1950 (i.e. series 1934, which look different). See more »
Personifies everything I hate in movies yet oh how I laughed.
Well-so far I haven't read one good review of this movie on here. I don't have a lot to add except growing up, this was one of my favorite comedies. This is totally slapstick, lots of chases and things breaking-silly and almost plot less-but oh how I laughed. I'm not quite sure WHY I did but I have never been able to view this movie without breaking out into Gales of laughter. Since I'm writing a review, I'd like to try to give a specific reason Why this off the wall, completely silly movie appealed to me so much but I can't because there is no reason. This movie is ridiculous in it's way, but it knows it, and doesn't Take itself at all seriously. It's like Seinfeld-a movie about nothing.(Except Chases, things falling, breaking etc). That's it. But It's funny. It's mindless and it's entertaining and I loved it! Since, I haven't seen it in quite awhile, maybe I wouldn't love it now and I can see how it wouldn't be for everybody but all I know is this is one of the few comedies that rendered me absolutely hysterical through most of it and I'm not the only person who had that reaction. This is coming from someone who isn't particularly fond of slapstick. There's not much else to say about it-it's certainly a mad, mad movie and one that gave me numerous laughs many a time.
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