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Under the Rainbow (1981)

PG | | Comedy | 31 July 1981 (USA)
A visiting dignitary, a CIA agent, a Nazi spy, Japanese tourists, an assassin and a group of "midget" actors from The Wizard of Oz (1939) all check into an elite Los Angeles hotel called Under the Rainbow.

Director:

Steve Rash

Writers:

Fred Bauer (story), Pat Bradley (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Bruce Thorpe
Carrie Fisher ... Annie Clark
Eve Arden ... The Duchess
Joseph Maher ... The Duke
Robert Donner ... The Assassin
Billy Barty ... Otto Kriegling
Mako ... Nakomuri
Cork Hubbert ... Rollo Sweet
Pat McCormick ... Tiny
Adam Arkin ... Henry Hudson
Richard Stahl ... Lester Hudson
Freeman King Freeman King ... Otis
Peter Isacksen ... Homer
Jack Kruschen ... Louie
Bennett Ohta Bennett Ohta ... Akido
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Storyline

In 1938 Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from the cast of The Wizard of Oz (1939)). Secret Service agent Bruce Thorpe and casting director Annie Clark find romance amidst the intrigue and confusion. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Somewhere, Under The Rainbow, way down low - Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and 150 midgets are fighting valiantly to save our country against all Oz! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

Some posters for the film featured a long blurb that read: "Somewhere, Under The Rainbow, way down low--Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and 150 midgets are fighting valiantly to save our country against all Oz!". See more »

Quotes

Otis: [to Bruce Thorpe] Thank God you're tall.
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Crazy Credits

Main cast list ends with a separate dedication: "and Leonard Barr as Pops Good-bye, Leonard, we'll miss you very much..." See more »

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Featured in Sneak Previews: The Dogs of 1981 (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

We Always Knew You Knew You Could
(1981)
Words and Music by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Played and Sung during the end credits
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It was a spoof
23 March 2005 | by alive_stillSee all my reviews

But it was supposed to be a spoof. I could not stop laughing as the movie was so much of a farce I found it to keep me laughing all the time. I would not recommend it for theater view but if you have never seen the movie I would say its worth watching as a rental as the cost of it is so little now. You could rent something much more costly and worse like Dead Calm. I found that all the dumb things that happened such as trying to keep the suicidal dog in the picture just more then my sides could take at times. When that dog jumped out of the window for the ball I lost it. How could you not think something as this movie which I assume was to be as "B" a movie as anyone could possibly make not be funny? I found it much better then the Vacation movies by far. I would say that this review has a spoiler but this movie cant be spoiled as there is no real plot.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,297,493, 2 August 1981

Gross USA:

$18,826,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,826,490
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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