From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Related e

Wiki Commons

Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Caddyshack is a 1980 American comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, and Bill Murray. Doyle-Murray also has a supporting role.

This was Ramis' first feature film and was a major boost to Dangerfield's film career; previously, he was known mostly for his stand-up comedy. Grossing almost $40 million in the U.S. alone (16th highest of the year), it was the first of a series of similar comedies. A sequel, Caddyshack II, followed in 1988, although it was not nearly as successful or well-received.


Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) works at the upscale Bushwood Country Club as he tries to raise enough money to go to college since his parents cannot afford it and his grades were unremarkable in high school. Danny caddies for Ty Webb (Chevy Chase), the free-spirited playboy son of one of Bushwood's co-founders, as Ty teaches Danny about the finer points in life usually while showing off random trick shots. One day, Danny decides to caddy for Judge Smails (Ted Knight), the country club's stodgy co-founder, in hopes of earning his favor and the next Caddy Scholarship, a cash award Smails controls. Smails' golfing group includes Dr. Beeper (Dan Resin), Bishop Pickering (Henry Wilcoxon), and Smails' grandson, Spaulding (John F. Barmon, Jr.). They are also joined by Smails' sensuous niece, Lacey Underall (Cindy Morgan), who is visiting for the summer. Meanwhile, Sandy McFiddish, Bushwood's greenskeeper, entrusts his assistant Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) to remove a gopher digging tunnels underneath the course.

During the game, Smails is mocked by Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield), a flamboyant nouveau riche real estate tycoon. Al loudly wagers $1,000 that Smails will miss his relatively short putt, which draws a crowd of onlookers. Smails misses the putt and flings his putter in a blind rage, striking a woman. Danny takes responsibility for the incident, claiming the grips on the club were worn and Smails was not responsible, finally putting Danny in good standing with the judge. Smails mentions to Danny that the caddy scholarship has become available again, and encourages him to apply. At a Fourth of July banquet, Danny and his girlfriend, Maggie O'Hooligan (Sarah Holcomb), work as servers as Danny becomes enamored of Lacey. Maggie informs Danny of Lacey's sexually promiscuous reputation, but this only encourages him. However, when Ty arrives, he too catches the eye of Lacey.

Danny wins the Caddy Day golf tournament, and seals the deal for his scholarship. This earns Danny praise from the Judge along with an invitation to a party at the Judge's upcoming yacht club. At the same time, Lacey visits Ty at his home, where the two enjoy tequila shots and go skinny dipping in his pool. At the yacht club, Lacey and Danny slip away for some private time at the Judge's house. Czervik literally crashes the party, destroying Smails' tiny wooden sloop with his enormous yacht by dropping the anchor into the cargo hold, chiefly because he took over from his hired captain without knowing how to operate his boat. The judge and his wife angrily return home and discover Lacey and Danny naked in his bed. The judge chases Danny out of his house with a golf club. The next day, Judge Smails calls Danny into the office. Expecting to be fired, Danny is surprised when the judge offers him the scholarship after Danny promises never to mention the embarrassing incident involving Lacey to anybody. Afterward, Czervik encounters Smails in the club's private bar and states to him that he wishes to buy the club and build condominiums on the site. To avoid a scuffle, Webb helps the two men to agree to a golf match contest for $20,000. Smails and Dr. Beeper against Czervik and Webb.

The match is held the following day. Smails chooses Danny to be his caddy. Suddenly, word spreads of the stakes involved and a crowd builds. With Smails' team is winning at the end of the 9th hole, Czervik decides to double the stakes to $40,000. But Czervik is having his worst game ever, so when a ricocheting ball strikes him, he pretends to be hurt in hopes of having the contest declared a draw. The club's manger, Lou, standing in as an umpire, tells Czervik his team would forfeit unless they found a substitute. Webb chooses Danny, causing Smails to threaten his scholarship; Danny realizes that award has too many strings for his liking, especially when Smails is tugging on the ends of them. Czervik promises Danny to make it "worth his while" if he wins. At the final hole, the score is tied. Judge Smails makes his putt, putting the Smails-Beeper team ahead by one shot. Danny must sink his very long putt to force a tie. Czervik raises the stakes to a double-or-nothing $80,000 on Danny making the putt, which Smails accepts. Danny's putt reaches the edge of the cup and stops, causing Smails and Beeper to begin celebrating.

Carl Spackler has been escalating his attempts to destroy the gopher, and he has now wired much of the course with plastic explosive shaped to look like small, harmless animals. As Danny's putt hangs on the edge of the cup, Carl pushes the detonator and explosions shake the whole course. The force of the explosions causes Danny's ball to drop, so the Ty Webb-Danny-Czervik team wins the $80,000 bet. Czervik proceeds to shout, apropos of nothing, "Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!" receiving thunderous cheers from the spectators. The gopher emerges, unharmed by the explosives, and dances to Kenny Loggins' "I'm Alright". Smails refuses to pay, which Czervik anticipated - he has a couple of big bruiser types "help the Judge find his check book."


Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Caddyshack" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on original research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools