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The Road to Wellville (1994)

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A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early twentieth century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg.

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

T. Coraghessan Boyle (novel), Alan Parker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Dr. John Harvey Kellogg
Bridget Fonda ... Eleanor Lightbody
Matthew Broderick ... William Lightbody
John Cusack ... Charles Ossining
Dana Carvey ... George Kellogg
Michael Lerner ... Goodloe Bender
Colm Meaney ... Dr. Lionel Badger
John Neville ... Endymion Hart-Jones
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Ida Muntz
Traci Lind ... Nurse Irene Graves
Camryn Manheim ... Virginia Cranehill
Roy Brocksmith ... Poultney Dab
Norbert Weisser ... Dr. Spitzvogel
Monica Parker ... Mrs. Tindermarsh
Jacob Reynolds ... Young George Kellogg
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Storyline

A madcap portrayal of William Lightbody's stay at the health farm run by cereal king Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. William's wife, Eleanor, has persuaded him to go to Kellogg to have his system cleaned of impurities. Kellogg is very unconventional, and almost barbaric in his treatments. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

A comedy of the heart and other organs.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aux bons soins du Dr Kellogg See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,507,514
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Dolby SR | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Nicholson was considered to star as Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Unpronounceable is dead, you can see him breathing. See more »

Quotes

Endymion Hart-Jones: The enemas take some getting used to, but, in time, you'll learn to look forward to them like an old friend with a cold nose.
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Referenced in Action: Blowhard (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

A Chewing Song
Based on "There Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight"
By Joe Hayden & Theo. A. Metz
Arrangement by Rob Turner
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A Comedy Concerning A Popular Historical Health Through Eating Fadist
21 August 2005 | by mrockman-1See all my reviews

I rate the picture highly simply because it evokes the period and attitudes so interestingly. The tongue-in-cheek narrative follows the experiences of several people in and around the Battle Creek (Michigan) Sanitarium, that was operated as a health spa by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. A member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Dr. Kellogg was a firm believer in vegetarianism, no smoking, no drinking, regular exercise and abstinence from sexual activity as the roadmap to a healthy life. Much of what he was peddling was unscientific bushwa. But he did invent the breakfast cornflake, although it was his brother who successfully marketed it. The movie is set just after the turn of the 20th century, when the town of Battle Creek was host to dozens of wannabees who attempted to develop and market their own vegetarian breakfast foods. A well-meaning but gullible young man arrives to cash in on the breakfast food craze. A troubled young married couple visit the "San" to cure the man of his bowel troubles. Both find gratification not of the kind generally permissible under Dr. Kellogg's regime. The Dr.'s own family, that consists of he, his wife, and dozens of adopted children, is uniquely dysfunctional. One uncooperative child opposes the Dr. early on and later demonstrates peculiarly and emphatically what, exactly, in Dr. Kellogg he found repulsive. The movie is about sex. The regime is sexually repressive yet one finds sexual tension relieved at every turn. But, alas, there are no car chases.


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