Trivia / Caddyshack

  • Actor Allusion: In the scene where the Bishop (played by veteran actor Henry Wilcoxon) is having his best round of golf ever during a thunderstorm, he misses an easy putt, looks skyward and yells "rat farts!", and is immediately struck down by a bolt of lightning. The background music in this scene was from The Ten Commandments, in which Wilcoxon played the part of Pentaur.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Executive Meddling: The sole reason for the sequel having been made, as the studio hoped to capitalize on the first film's runaway success and failed miserably.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny The legendary scene with Ty and Carl in Ty's "home" was added to the script solely because the writers realized that there wasn't a single scene in the movie that featured Bill Murray and Chevy Chase together and was almost entirely improvised.
  • Missing Trailer Scene:
    • The theatrical and TV trailers show some extra shots and deleted scenes. These include:
      • Danny almost gets hit by a throwing knife while he is in the kitchen;
      • Danny juggling with golf balls;
      • A couple of extra shots of gopher including a scene where he dances in one of his tunnels;
      • Ty and Lacey talking while walking across the golf course;
      • An alternate version of the scene where Smails gets hit with golf ball in the groin;
      • Another scene between Ty and Lacey on some boat (some stills and lobby cards also show a part where Ty talks on the phone while Lacey whispers in his ear in the same deleted scene).
  • Old Shame:
    • The second film is this to both Chevy Chase and Harold Ramis; it's telling that every other actor from the first film refused to take part in the sequel after seeing the script.
    • The first film for Ramis, as he had many disagreements with the cast over direction.
  • Real-Life Relative: Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray.
  • Throw It In:
    • A good deal of Bill Murray's dialog was improvised on the set, including his now-classic sportscaster monologue.
    "It's in the hole! It's in the hole!"
    • The oil massage scene with Chevy Chase was also completely improvised. When Lacy exclaims "You're crazy!" that was Cindy Morgan's genuine reaction to Chase dousing her with oil.
    • Murray improvised the scene with Peter Berkrot in which Carl holds a pitchfork to Angie's throat. According to Bekrot, he was genuinely nervous during that scene because the pitchfork was real.
  • Troubled Production: It may now be considered a comedy classic, but it sure had a hell of a time getting there:
    • The film was originally supposed to be a simple coming-of-age story about kids working at a golf course, with Danny (Michael O'Keefe) and Tony (Scott Colomby) as the main characters. It slowly morphed into a showcase featuring comedy veterans like Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray (whose parts were originally supposed to be much smaller), and Ted Knight. Much of the dialogue was improvised on the spot, and production was extremely disorganized.
    • On the first day of shooting, Hurricane Dave came through, and production had to wait to begin filming until the storm passed and the flooding cleared. The Florida weather proved intense for the cast/crew, who were often unwilling to film, and there were frequent no-shows on set. Sound recording was also frequently ruined by planes flying over the golf course.
    • Cindy Morgan was uncomfortable with doing nude scenes, and while Harold Ramis was willing to change the script, producer Jon Peters told Morgan that her career would be over if she refused. Peters then invited photographers from Playboy to the set to photograph her, which angered her greatly, and she, with Ramis' support, again refused to do the scene until the photographers were sent home. In a 2010 interview, Morgan stated that she voluntarily put her career on hold as a result of the experience.
    • In addition, few co-stars got along. Chevy Chase and Cindy Morgan got into a scuffle, and almost refused to do their scene. Ted Knight, usually an easy person to get along with, got completely fed up of the improvisation and on-set shenanigans, and didn't get on with either his young co-stars or Chase and Dangerfield. Bill Murray, who was only available for six days, also didn't get along with Chevy Chasenote , and when execs insisted on them having a scene together, everyone in the production feared what would happen, but fortunately the scene turned out beautifully. Also, the cast/crew partied hard every night, getting stoned out of their minds, wrecking the golf carts and ruining the golf course on a regular basis.
    • After the filming ended and the rough-cut came in, it was too long, and over two hours had to be cut. This also included key parts of the main plot, and the film made no sense, so more money had to be spent on a mechanical gopher to add extra comic relief and to tie the picture together; as its scenes were shot after principal photography had wrapped with higher quality film stock and on an indoor soundstage, there is a noticeable difference (even on the DVD release) between the picture quality of the gopher scenes and that of the rest of the film.
    • The country club at which location filming took place were wary of the damage the explosions in the film's climax would cause to the golf course, so a hill had to be specially constructed and the country club executives invited to an off-site meeting while the explosions were set off without their knowledge. However, the explosions were so powerful that the hill was completely destroyed, and the pilot of a passing flight to Fort Lauderdale mistook them for a plane crash and radioed the airport accordingly.
    • The film was not a critical success when it came out, and co-writer/producer Douglas Kenney, who verbally abused reporters while drunk at a press conference for the film, fell thirty feet from a clifftop viewpoint in Hawaii to his death a month later (there is some question as to whether his death was suicide or an accident; in the weeks leading up to his death, he had begun joking about his past suicide attempts, leading friends to urge him to seek professional help).
    • To the end of his life, even though the film became better appreciated over time, Harold Ramis was dissatisfied with his directorial debut. "All I see are compromises and things we could have done better," he told GQ magazine in the late 2000s. His greatest complaint was that no one in the film other than Michael O'Keefe was able to swing their golf clubs properly.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Harold Ramis has said that he was told that Rodney Dangerfield was interested in doing the second movie. Dangerfield actually was attached, but was displeased with the script (as many turned out to be). With no suitable rewrites, he backed out.
    • Also 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.
    • Carl Spackler was originally a silent character in the script inspired by Harpo Marx. But after Murray was cast, Ramis encouraged Murray to speak and improvise.
    • Ramis wanted to use Pink Floyd to write music for the film, but couldn't get them.
    • Don Rickles was originally considered for Al Czervik.
  • Write What You Know:
    • The movie was inspired by Brian Doyle-Murray's memories working as a caddy at a golf club. His brother Bill Murray and Harold Ramis also worked as caddies when they were teenagers.
    • The scene involving a Baby Ruth candy bar being thrown into the swimming pool was based on a real-life incident at Doyle-Murray's high school.
    • The scene in which Al Czervik hits Judge Smails in the genitals with a struck golf ball happened to Ramis on what he said was the second of his two rounds of golf, on a nine-hole public course.
  • Write Who You Know: Brian Doyle-Murray based the character of Maggie on a girl he met during his time as a caddy. He also based Danny's family on his own. He has eight siblings, including Bill Murray.
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