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Scavenger Hunt (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 21 December 1979 (USA)
To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought.

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writers:

Steven Vail (story) (as Steven A. Vail), John Thomson (adaptation) (as John Thompson) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Benjamin ... Stuart Selsome
James Coco ... Henri
Scatman Crothers ... Sam
Ruth Gordon ... Arvilla Droll
Cloris Leachman ... Mildred Carruthers
Cleavon Little ... Jackson
Roddy McDowall ... Jenkins
Robert Morley ... Bernstein
Richard Mulligan ... Marvin Dummitz
Tony Randall ... Henry Motley
Dirk Benedict ... Jeff Stevens
Willie Aames ... Kenny Stevens
Stephanie Faracy ... Babbette
Stephen Furst ... Merle
Richard Masur ... Georgie Carruthers
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Storyline

Milton Parker has made millions inventing and selling games. Upon his death, his relatives and domestic staff gather for the reading of the will. However, Old Mr. Parker is a game player to the last, and his will stipulates that a Scavenger Hunt will be held to determine the beneficiaries of his sizeable estate. The winning team gets all the money, the rest get nothing. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>, bearhawkpilot@gmail.com

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Taglines:

Winner takes all!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galen i stålar See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Masur worked as an assistant zoo keeper in the Bronx Zoo as a teenager and young adult and used his expertise to handle one of the ostrich's in the scene where his character of Georgie has to move and maneuver the large 250-pound bird from a car to a pen on-screen. See more »

Goofs

Just before Jeff, Kenny & Lisa head back to the house to drop the first load of stuff in their van following the laughing gas scene, Lisa is still wearing the outfit (minus one or two items) she was in when the will was read. When they return to unload what they collected she is wearing a checkered shirt & jeans, yet had no change of clothes. See more »

Quotes

Mildred Cruthers: [sobbing] He was like a brother to me.
Charles Bernstein: He was your brother.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

Walkin' Papers
Sung by Paul Stephenson
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Carol Connors
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It's not high art, but I love it.
14 November 2004 | by GriffinkaySee all my reviews

This is what I call one of my "guilty pleasure" movies. It's not a particularly well-made movie, and it is, admittedly, somewhat dated, but for some reason I never tire of watching it, and it still makes me laugh every time. I'm sure this makes me a geek (and some, I'm sure, will argue a geek with a poor sense of humor), but I think this film is hilarious. I've easily seen it 300+ times and have the whole thing memorized, and I still laugh at it. I love sophisticated comedy, old classics, art-house films, epics, and blockbusters as much as the next guy; but when I just need pure mindless entertainment or a good laugh, I pull out this film, and it always does the trick. Scavenger Hunt has a talented cast of famous names from the seventies, including Richard Benjamin, Richard Mulligan, Cloris Leachman, Tony Randall, Roddy McDowall, James Coco, Cleavon Little, Willie Aames, and Dirk Benedict plus cameos from such names as Vincent Price, Avery Schreiber, Scatman Crothers, Ruth Gordon, Liz Torres, Meat Loaf, and Arnold Schwartzenegger. Richard Mulligan, Avery Schreiber, and Stephanie Faracy play my favorite characters (actually I enjoy the whole servant team, which includes Faracy, McDowall, Little, and Coco). I remember seeing this movie as a kid, and I thought it was so funny (and maybe that's why I like it so much, because it reminds me of my innocent days of youth). I realize this flick isn't for everyone, but I find it humorous and entertaining, and it's clean. Some of the characters are overly broad, some of the humor is stupid, and some situations are simply unbelievable, but if you just go into this movie knowing that it's far-fetched comedy for comedy's sake and understand that it isn't taking itself seriously, you can still have a good time. I know I have.


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