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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.

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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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A Giant Comedy. 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Zelda Rubinstein. 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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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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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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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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A funny satire of stereotypes
14 June 2004 | by james-429See all my reviews

This is a great movie that satirizes Hollywood stereotypes in a fun filled slapstick romp. Sadly, many people miss the point of satire, and will only see the stereotypes. They will not enjoy the movie, but then why do people with no sense of humor even pick up a comedy??

The main character is led through an unbelievable sequence of events while staying at a hotel awaiting a tryout for "The Wizard of Oz". The hotel is filled with hopefuls for the Munchkin parts, and has been chosen as a supposedly quiet meeting place for a Japanese and German spy to exchange info.

The German is a midget, and the addition of a Japanese tour bus stopping at the hotel makes the meeting of these two spies quite a mess.

toss in lots of slapstick, satire, and chase fun, and you have a comedy romp that the whole family can belly laugh to.


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