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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. John Harvey 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 (Matthew Broderick's) stay at the health farm run by cereal King Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (Sir Anthony Hopkins). William's wife, Eleanor (Bridget Fonda), 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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Trivia

Colm Meaney had previously appeared in an Alan Parker film, 'Come See the Paradise' (1990). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Virginia Cranehill: The fresh air, the exercise, and the pleasure of a leather saddle between one's thighs.
Eleanor Lightbody: Why, Virginia, what do you mean?
Virginia Cranehill: Bicycle smile, I believe they call it.
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Neapolitan Dance
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Tchaikovsky)
Arrangement by Harry McLamb
Performed by The San Garden Brass Ensemble
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Surprised at the ratings!
26 January 2005 | by psmcdougSee all my reviews

After seeing a part of the movie for the tenth time or so (this one seems to be playing a lot on one of the satellite movie channels), I figured it was high time to give it a rating. I was very surprised and disappointed to see that it rated so low overall, as I've always enjoyed the movie (over and over again!). I'm beginning to think that the general movie-viewing public has become too generic in their tastes, and don't have an appreciation for throwback oddball comedies such as The Road to Wellville. If that's so, it's a real shame! Ah well, to each their own! As for me, I love the movie's offbeat and subdued humor, with much of the cast greatly contributing to why I'm kept smiling. George (both the youth and adult versions), is especially hilarious-- "Meat and Potatoes!", "Give us a hug", and simply his appearance in both forms. I've always liked John Cusack and Matthew Broderick, so having them together in a movie such as this was a treat. And what a role for Anthony Hopkins-- a far cry from Hannibal Lector! The period nature of the movie was likewise attractive... oh how it would be fun to be able to step back into a setting such as that, though I'll pass on the cleansing processes!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Road to Wellville See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,580,108, 30 October 1994

Gross USA:

$6,562,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,562,513
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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