Harry Crumb is a bumbling and inept private investigator who is hired to solve the kidnapping of a young heiress which he's not expected to solve because his employer is the mastermind behind the kidnapping.
A financier [Chevy Chase] meets a spurned lover [Demi Moore] and agrees to take her to a business meeting. On the way there, they run a stop sign in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. They are arrested and taken to the local court. But all is not as it seems: the courthouse and the "prison" are a maze of zany booby- traps and deadly contraptions. The antics of the captured couple as they try to escape from the mad judge and his bizarre family make up the rest of this unusual film.Written by
Dan Aykroyd described the problem of having an obvious old-time Western set for shots of a town. They solved it by painting a yellow line down the middle and not lighting the buildings as much as possible. See more »
Brazilians speak Portuguese, not Spanish. See more »
[as they leave a car and go into a building to a party]
20 minutes, hello, good-bye.
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Traditional, attributed to J.A. Roff (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as written by A.P. Carter]
Performed by Doc Watson
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This film is bound to become a cult legend, and shows Dan Aykroyd at his finest. I highly recommend it to anyone who finds humor in the absurd. The film, though bizarre, reflects society in an uncanny way. Somehow, the characters portrayed in the movie seem strangely familiar, and this can even be unsettling (where have I seen them before?). A lot of work went into this film, and it should, IMHO, be taken very seriously as comic art of the highest form. I gave it this film a 9 out of 10!
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