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Club Paradise (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 July 1986 (USA)
A retired Chicago firefighter partners with a reggae singer to turn a seedy Caribbean nightclub into a resort for affluent tourists.


Harold Ramis


Harry Shearer (story) (as Ed Roboto), Tom Leopold (story) | 4 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Jack Moniker
Peter O'Toole ... Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes
Rick Moranis ... Barry Nye
Jimmy Cliff ... Ernest Reed
Twiggy ... Phillipa Lloyd
Adolph Caesar ... Prime Minister Solomon Gundy
Eugene Levy ... Barry Steinberg
Joanna Cassidy ... Terry Hamlin
Andrea Martin ... Linda White
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Voit Zerbe
Joe Flaherty ... Pilot
Steven Kampmann Steven Kampmann ... Randy White
Robin Duke ... Mary Lou
Mary Gross ... Jackie
Simon Jones ... Toby Prooth


Injured while risking his life to save an angry German shepherd, Chicago Firefighter Jack Moniker retires and moves to a small Caribbean island named St. Nicholas. There, he is befriended by Ernest Reed, the owner of a run-down resort. Greedy developers are scheming to wrest Reed's coveted beachfront property from him for non-payment of taxes. Jack comes to Ernest's rescue, and together they renovate and reopen the resort catering to affluent Americans. The film follows the zany exploits of the proprietors, guests and various colorful island denizens, as they break in the new "Club Paradise". Written by redcard@ix.netcom.com

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The vacation you'll never forget -- no matter how hard you try.




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Did You Know?


The name of the charter plane company was "Joe's Airlines". Its slogan was "The Charter They Come". This blurb spoofed and referenced the earlier Jamaican movie The Harder They Come (1972) which starred Jamaican reggae singer Jimmy Cliff who also sings several songs on the soundtrack and co-stars in the movie. See more »


During the parasailing scene, the trees Andrea Martin heads for are not palm trees, but the trees she lands in are. See more »


Barry Steinberg: [Watching a pro diver take a spectacular cliff dive off a waterfall with small crowd] I could have done that dive if I didn't have the diarrhea.
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Crazy Credits

The initial credits are played over shots of the major characters, until the listing of the Flamboyants begins. See more »


References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »


Soldier Take Over
Performed by Yellowman
Written by Yellowman (as Winston Foster)
Courtesy of Island Records
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Very mixed feelings about this movie
21 February 2019 | by timberlinetoastSee all my reviews

The movie's slapstick was awful to the point of it being painful to watch, but I really enjoyed the witty banter and verbal jibes between the cast most of the time. There were plenty of times the film had me laughing out loud with their verbal jabs, but the physical comedy was so overacted, it looked like a silly, low budget comedy. It's a shame because this cast was fantastic and it should've played out a lot better than it did. I gave it 6 stars because it's still a fun movie and it's always a pleasure to see stars like Peter O'Toole and Robin Williams mixing it up with other comedic talents, even though this one falls a bit short.

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Release Date:

11 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise Island See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,152,296, 13 July 1986

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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