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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

The name of the country town was Redbud, Vermont. This is a fictional place, though the movie was shot in Vermont. However, there is a real-life city called "Red Bud". It is in Randolph County, Illinois. See more »

Goofs

When Andy and Elizabeth use the typewriter, neither put in backing paper. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Lloyd: Oh! Heavenly Cat (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
Performed by Redbud Choir
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Sadly overlooked
18 August 2003 | by LeroyBrown-2See all my reviews

This movie is a wonderful comedy that unfortunately has been lump in with other films of Chevy Chase and other SNL alumni. The premise is very simple, Chase and his wife, the wonderful Madolyn Smith, are city dwellers who moved to the country where they find life to be filled with misadventure. They also find that their new town is filled with rather eccentric people and curious cuisines. The script is smarter than typical SNL alumni comedy, the cinematography and the pacing of the movie is right on the money. If there is one major shortcoming it is the casting of Chevy Chase. James Stewart in "Mr Hobbs takes a Vacation" hit the right notes for this type of character, an average man somewhat overwhelmed by his new and foreign environment, but Mr. Chase does not. It doesn't help that many of Mr. Chase's earlier characters were smart alecks surrounded by dullards. Here it's the opposite. Fans of Mr. Chase will not like this because he's not playing the character he's known for playing. Non fans will simply think a better actor who can play the average guy like Tom Hanks or Robert Hays (who was still somewhat well known at the time) would have made the movie much better.


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