At an exclusive country club for WASPish snobs, an ambitious young caddy from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard. In order to succeed, he must first win the favor of the elitist Judge Smails, then the caddy golf tournament which the good judge sponsors. The story itself serves to string along a series of slapstick scenes involving an obnoxious nouveau riche land developer who wants to turn the site into a condominium community; an oddball, Zen-quoting, millionaire slacker/golf ace; and a psychotic groundskeeper with a gopher-fixation. —AFI
Harold Allen Ramis (born November 21, 1944) is an American actor, director, and writer, specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981), both of which he also co-wrote. As a writer/director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV (in which he also performed), and one of three screenwriters for the film National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978).
Ramis was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth (née Cokee) and Nathan Ramis, shopkeepers who owned the store Ace Food & Liquor Mart on the city’s far North Side. He had a Jewish upbringing, although in his adult life he does not practice any organized religion. He graduated from Nicholas Senn High School in Chicago, and, in 1966, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was a member of the Alpha Xi chapter… read more
Now I know why tigers eat their young....Dangerfield knocks this film out of the park, one of my favorite comedies ever. Everyone is at the top of their game, especially Dangerfield, Murray and Chase.
A very over-rated film. Yes, It is funny, but nowhere near as funny as it's made out to be. I feel it gets way too much credit for its supposed greatness, basicially based upon the cast. It does not hold up all that well, and it is actually rather dull.