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Funny Farm (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 3 June 1988 (USA)
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A couple swap city life for the country, but their picturesque new hometown turns out to be just a little bit different to what they were expecting.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Jay Cronley (book), Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Andy Farmer
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Elizabeth Farmer (as Madolyn Smith)
Kevin O'Morrison ... Sheriff Ledbetter
Joseph Maher ... Michael Sinclair
Jack Gilpin ... Bud Culbertson
Caris Corfman Caris Corfman ... Betsy Culbertson
William Severs William Severs ... Newspaper Editor
Mike Starr ... Crocker
Glenn Plummer ... Mickey
William Duell William Duell ... Old Character
Helen Lloyd Breed Helen Lloyd Breed ... Old Operator
Kit Le Fever ... Young Operator (as Le Fevre)
Dakin Matthews ... Marion Corey Jr.
William Newman ... Gus Lotterhand
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Ethel Dinges
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Storyline

When Andy and Elizabeth buy a farm in Vermont, they can't imagine the trouble that awaits them. Andy has quit his job as a sports journalist and is planning to use the peace and quiet of the country to write the Great American Novel. From the moment the movers' truck gets lost with their furniture, though, there's little peace and less quiet. From a manical mailman to a dead body buried in the garden, Andy is distracted by the town and its wacky inhabitants. His effort at a novel is mediocre, at best, and he's threatened by Elizabeth's foray into writing when she attempts a children's book. Can the Farmers survive the townsfolk and each other? Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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Taglines:

Chevy Chase finds life in the country isn't what it's cracked up to be!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Funny Farm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,655,439, 5 June 1988

Gross USA:

$25,537,221

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,537,221
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Reg E. Cathey. See more »

Goofs

The 1955 MG TF1500 that Andy drives does not show reverse lights. This option was not standard equipment, but would have been required for the car to pass state inspection. See more »

Quotes

Andy Farmer: You don't know a thing about writing. You're a Goddamn schoolteacher.
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Alternate Versions

To receive a PG certificate the 1989 UK video version was cut by 3 secs by the BBFC to remove one use of 'fuck you' and several uses of 'shit'. See more »


Soundtracks

Joy To The World
(uncredited)
Written by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason
Performed by Redbud Choir
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User Reviews

 
Fun film, worth a watch.
30 January 2003 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

I wouldn't say this is one of Chevy Chase's best films, but this one still has some good things to offer. There is a fair amount of good laughs and an entertaining story, but not as great as some of Chevy's other credits.

Chevy Chase does a fine job with his role, playing a very similar character to most of his other films. Chevy is good at what he does and doesn't seem to stray very far from what works. Madolyn Smith-Osborne is fantastic in the film, looking just gorgeous and playing her role very well. The only other actors that were familiar to me were the movers in the beginning of the film, Mike Starr and Glen Plummer. Both actors do a fine job, although very small roles in the film.

If you are a fan of Chevy Chase, then I'd recommend seeing this film, you'll probably enjoy it. But, if Chevy Chase isn't your cup of tea, then this may not be the film for you. In any case, if you do see it, I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading,

-Chris


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