Al Czervik: Hey everybody! We're all gonna get laid! (roar of applause)
A film starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ted Knight. Bill Murray also had a small part in it, but his improvised stuff was so great he became one of the stars.Danny Noonan is a young caddy at Bushwood Country Club who has no idea about where his future will lead. His best chance at getting his life on track is to earn a caddy scholarship from Judge Elihu Smails (Knight), the owner of Bushwood. Al Czervik (Dangerfield) is a rude and eccentric millionaire who has an interest in purchasing Bushwood. Judge Smails discovers an instant dislike towards Al and soon there is conflict between the Judge and Al, the Judge and Danny, and the Judge and Ty Webb (Chase), the charming golfer who is helping Danny figure out his real goals. Meanwhile, Carl Spackler (Murray), Bushwood's Assistant Groundskeeper, battles a rampaging gopher who is chewing holes throughout the course.A sequel, Caddyshack II, was released in 1988, starring Jackie Mason and Robert Stack, with the only major carry over was Chevy Chase. It regularly shows up on critics' compilations of the worst movies ever made.
Tropes featured include:
Animal Nemesis: Carl first tries to drown the gopher, then kill it with a sniper rifle, before finally settling on plastic explosives. The gopher still wins.
Award Bait Song: While not included in the movie itself (aside from a short intrumental version of it), the soundtrack has Lead the Way by Kenny Loggins.
Evil Stole My Faith: One of the club members (who happens to be a bishop) has his perfect game of golf (in the middle of a raging storm) ruined by a single bad putt, turns to curse the heavens, and is being struck by lightning immediately. The next day, he's shown as a drunken mess proclaiming that there is no God. To top it off, he has a Beard of Sorrow after one day.
I Ate WHAT?: People freak out on seeing what appears to be feces floating in the pool (it's actually a Baby Ruth candy bar). While cleaning the pool in a Hazmat Suit, Carl finds the candy bar and eats it. Smails' wife takes thisthe wrong way.
Never My Fault: The Judge throws his golf club in a fit of rage, and ends up hitting a woman knocking her unconscious. Danny takes the blame (to suck up to Smails) by offering the excuse that the grip on Smails' club was worn down. Later, when Al drops the anchor from his yacht, smashing the Judge's sailboat, he exclaims: "Hey, you scratched my anchor!"
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Even though he's supposed to be the protagonist, Danny's story arc is quickly overshadowed by the antics of his wacky co-stars.
Status Cell Phone: Al Czervik is shown to be eccentric/filthy rich right from the start. He has a telephone right in his golf bag, which he answers while out on the course. This was not a typical "brick" phone, but from what we could see it was more like a typical 1970s desk phone, complete with an acoustic ringing bell and a coiled handset cord.
The Stoner: Carl is working on a hybrid of marijuana and turf grass, that can be used for both putting and smoking. He shares some with Ty.
Throw It In: A good deal of Bill Murray's dialog was improvised on the set, including his now-classic sportscaster monologue.
Uncle Pennybags: Al. He throws money around free as a bird, and is quite happy to donate some of his winnings to Danny so he can go to college.
Vapor Wear: Some of Lacey's outfits leave very little to the imagination, intentionally.
Wealthy Yacht Owner: Judge Smails is christening his new yacht, when Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) shows up in his much larger boat. He then shoves his driver out of the way, put its engines into high gear, and tries to park near Smails' party, causing much damage (and hilarity) in the process.
Al: Hey, Smails! My dinghy's bigger than your whole boat!
What Could Have Been: Averted. The filmmakers seemed to be asking themselves this when they realized that Bill Murray and Chevy Chase didn't have a scene together. Thankfully, they made one up pretty quickly.
Wormsign: Well, gophersign anyway — and it gets pretty ridiculous when the gopher starts pushing around pin flags, and then makes them disappear into the ground.