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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 Richard Stahl ... Lester Hudson
Freeman King Freeman King ... Otis
Peter Isacksen 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>

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Taglines:

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:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szivárvány alatt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,297,493, 2 August 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,826,490
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Innovisions,ECA,Orion Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Sal Fondacaro. See more »

Quotes

Tiny: Now, it's four blocks north and the owner lives up over the pet shop and he'll let you in anytime. I bought a sheep there once.
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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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Spoofs Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Things Are Looking Up Today
(1981)
Words and Music by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Played and Sung during the opening credits
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Strange but True... sort of.
12 October 2005 | by moifeeSee all my reviews

This movie is a farce. It's big, broad humor... or little broad humor, to be accurate because most of the actors are little people.

The Culver Hotel played host to all of the actors who played munchkins during the filming of The Wizard of Oz. Apparently, it was a debacle. The actors partied, drank, and wreaked havoc on the hotel during a stay that has become legendary in Los Angeles.

While the specific events of this film are fictional, most of the movie is indeed based on a true event.

Now, of course a great story doesn't always make for a good movie. This is indeed a broad, goofy, slapstick comedy. Whatever your level of offense at ethnic and physical stereotypes, some of the humor is groan-worthy.


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