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  • Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
  • The song being played by the musical horn on Al Czervik's Rolls-Royce is "We're In The Money".
  • Harold Ramis based the character of Carl Spackler on the first actor to be filmed in the role who was a shell-shocked war veteran. He couldn't remember his lines or act, so Bill Murray replaced him.
  • Cindy Morgan (Lacy Underall) has said that the oil massage scene with Chevy Chase was also completely improvised. When Lacy exclaims "You're crazy!" that was Morgan's genuine reaction to Chase dousing her with oil.
  • The movie was inspired by writer and co-star 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 movie's line "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac . . . It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!" was voted as the #92 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
  • The song Rodney Dangerfield plays on the radio attached to his golf bag is "Any Way You Want It" by Journey.
  • The song played on the radio attached to Al Czervik's golf bag (during the actual filming of the movie) was "Any Way You Want It" by Journey.
  • Unsurprisingly, the movie is a huge favorite among golfers and golf fans. Tiger Woods so adores the movie that he played Carl Spackler in an American Express commercial that included references to many of the movie's most famous scenes.
  • The character of Lou, played by the film's co-writer Brian Doyle-Murray, is the only one to actually say the word "caddyshack".
  • The reason the scenes of Mr. Gopher's underground world look better than the rest of the film is because they were filmed on a sound-stage with better quality film stock and cameras rather than on-location, like the majority of the film.
  • Chevy Chase's character Ty makes several references to owning or working in a "lumber yard". Co-writer Brian Doyle-Murray's father worked in a lumber yard.
  • Harold Ramis had only played golf twice in his life before directing the film, and recalled that he nailed someone in the nether regions with one of his first practice shots taken to prepare for the film. Naturally, he made use of this tale by contributing the scene where Judge Smails gets hit in the crotch with an errant golf ball.
  • The movie's line "So I got that going for me, which is nice." was voted as the #49 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
  • The gopher sequences were written and filmed after most of the movie was shot. Originally, Harold Ramis wanted to cast a live animal to play the gopher. When that did not work out, the animatronic gopher and its tunnels were built by John Dykstra.
  • The scene where Carl and Ty are talking in Carl's "house" was written over lunch by Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, and Chevy Chase. It was requested by the studio when they noticed the biggest stars didn't share a scene.
  • According to Scott Colomby on the DVD extras, he only took up smoking after playing the part of cigarette-puffing Tony.
  • The famous scene that begins when Ty Webb's golf ball crashes into Carl Spackler's ramshackle house was not in the original script. It was added by director Harold Ramis after realizing that two of his biggest stars, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray (who did not get along due to a feud dating back to their days on Saturday Night Live (1975)), did not have a scene together. The three met for lunch and wrote the scene together. Although it has nothing to do with the plot, it is widely regarded as the funniest scene in the movie. This is the only time that Chase and Murray have appeared in the same scene together.
  • The second story of the clubhouse was fake. It was only added for the movie and was empty inside.
  • While the movie was filmed in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the country club was supposed to be located in Nebraska. In preparation for filming certain scenes, the production spent many days spray-painting the grass blue around the clubhouse.
  • The rowdy, improvisational atmosphere during the shoot created by Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield, didn't sit well with all the members of the cast. Ted Knight, widely regarded as a very nice man, got fed up with the constant shenanigans. Initially, Murray's, Chase's and Dangerfield's roles were to be cameo appearances, but their deft improvising caused their roles to be expanded, much to the chagrin of Scott Colomby and some of the other cast members, whose roles were reduced as a result.
  • The noises that the Gopher makes are actually vocalized by a dolphin, and the dolphin sound effects used are the same ones that were used for Flipper (1964).
  • Ranked #7 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sports" in June 2008.
  • Bill Murray improvised the "Cinderella story" sequence from two lines of stage direction. Director Harold Ramis simply asked Murray to imagine himself announcing his own fantasy sports moment. Murray simply asked for four rows of 'mums and did the scene.
  • Rodney Dangerfield hired singer and golfer Don Cherry to teach him to golf for this film. Don was a regular headliner in Las Vegas, and lived near Dangerfield. In addition to his singing, Don was a very well known-professional golfer.
  • Final film of Ted Knight.
  • As Carl Spackler is working on his plastic explosive animals, bags of Milorganite are seen stacked behind him. Milorganite is an actual fertilizer produced by the Milwaukee (WI) Sewage Commission, and consists of dried microbes left after human waste and other sewage is processed. Contrary to popular belief, it does not contain any actual fecal matter. It is extremely popular among lawn-care professionals (such as golf course greenskeepers) and is produced and sold to this day.
  • Cindy Morgan did not want to appear topless in the movie. In an interview with TV Store Online she claims that while Harold Ramis was amenable to changing the scene, producer Jon Peters asked to talk to her while Ramis had her on the phone. When the call ended, Peters informed Ramis that Morgan would do the topless scene - because he told her she would never work again in Hollywood if she didn't.
  • Dan Resin (Dr. Beeper) had to learn to play golf for the movie, but didn't keep up with it afterwards.
  • According to Jon Peters, and unbeknownst to Harold Ramis, if the shoot hadn't gone as planned, or if Ramis' dailies weren't going to live up to what the studio had wanted, they had to pick a director just in case this happened. After the studio loved the dailies, they backed off and production went on as planned.
  • Bill Murray filmed all of his scenes, including the famous scene with Chevy Chase, in six days. Many people expected them to have another confrontation as they had had during Chase's return to Saturday Night Live (1975) years before. They were professional and didn't show any signs of their alleged previous feud.
  • After the film started shooting a hurricane hit Florida, which delayed production for several days and covered the ground floor of the cast and crew's hotel with earthworms.
  • Editor William C. Carruth's original assembled length was about 4-1/2 hours. Bill Murray's ball-mashing speech scene lasted about 30 minutes. Everyone hated the way the film was being put together, so they brought in another editor to cut it down to a more reasonable length and pace. Orion Pictures and the producers still were not happy with this cut, as the shortened version cut out much of the story with the caddies, due to both pace and the fact that Bill Murray's, Chevy Chase's and Rodney Dangerfield's parts set the pace for the film's strong comedic elements. The gopher was added at the last minute, to ensure that the movie had structure rather than being a series of vignettes.
  • Most of the cast and crew lived in a motel located near the country club used in the film, which made it easy for everyone to show up to work. However, many of them were still late, due to the National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)-like atmosphere on-set and after hours.
  • The swimming pool scene was not shot at the Rolling Hills Country Club, but rather at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale.
  • The scene where Cindy Morgan walks by Scott Colomby and Michael O'Keefe at the swimming pool made Morgan very nervous at first, but when she completed it, she felt relieved. Colomby was supposed to say a line while she walked past him, but couldn't, so he wet his lips and that's what ended up on-screen.
  • In the lovemaking scene, Cindy Morgan was so uncomfortable that Harold Ramis ordered a closed set for it. Michael O'Keefe asked all the cast and crew to take off their shirts for the scene to make her feel more comfortable.
  • Cindy Morgan was furious at Chevy Chase during their scene in his cabana due to the fact that he was improvising more than she had anticipated and didn't tell her ahead of time. This made her uncomfortable, which can be seen clearly in the scenes where she's having the tequila shots with him and the massage where all the oil accidentally spilled out on her back. Harold Ramis had to settle them down, and the scenes then went very smoothly.
  • The film is based on Brian Doyle-Murray's experiences as a caddy, when he was younger. His brothers Bill Murray and John Murray, and Harold Ramis also worked as caddies. Ramis' brother Ed actually won a golf scholarship, like Michael O'Keefe's character is trying to win in this film.
  • Writer/producer Douglas Kenney died after the film was released. He had fallen off a cliff while on vacation in Hawaii. He had been in a deep depression after the film was in post-production, as much of the original story had been butchered in the editing room, and he was adamantly against the final addition of the gopher to the film.
  • After filming wrapped each day, most of the cast and crew spent the nights partying, which eventually took its toll before the end of filming as cast and crew began to show up late for morning calls, holding up filming for several hours at a time.
  • A big hill was built from scratch for the climactic 18th-hole scene, because the country club did not want its course blown up. The pyrotechnic people used too many explosives, which completely destroyed the hill and caused planes flying by to report the explosion, as if a plane had crashed there.
  • There were a lot of planes flying overhead during filming, which interfered with the golf scenes and caused continuity errors in the dialogue tracks that would require looping. Bill Murray's younger brother John was the one on-set every day to alert Harold Ramis and the shooting crew to stop filming while the planes flew by.
  • Harold Ramis wanted to use Pink Floyd to write music for the film, but couldn't get them. After an audition, Kenny Loggins came up with the famous theme song for the film, "I'm All Right" and played it for the producers and got the job. Johnny Mandel, who wrote the film's musical score, was also hired immediately afterward.
  • As it was his first directing job and he wanted to make sure the production was successful, Harold Ramis avoided attending the cast and crew's late-night parties to focus on the next day's shoot. However, when filming wrapped, Ramis went to the wrap party and partied so heavily and early into the party that he had to be carried back to his hotel room.
  • Dr. Dow, in his only on-screen acting appearance as Mr. Wang, is in real life a retired college professor.
  • Sarah Holcomb quit acting after this film.
  • Cindy Morgan took swimming lessons before filming. For the pool scene she couldn't wear her contact lenses and had to be assisted on to the diving board, since she was legally blind without them.
  • Rodney Dangerfield was new to acting at the time and had trouble following along. Due to his background working with comedians, Harold Ramis was able to assist him throughout filming.
  • The part of Joey was originally written for a boy, but transportation captain Hank Scelza suggested his granddaughter, Minerva Scelza for the role, because she was a tomboy. Minerva improvised the part where she spins around while trying to carry Al Czervik's bag.
  • Bill 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.
  • Don Rickles was originally considered for the part of Al Czervik.
  • Carl Spackler was originally a silent character in the script, in the manner of Harpo Marx, but after Bill Murray was cast, Harold Ramis encouraged Murray to speak and improvise.
  • According to the original script and specials on the making of the movie, the character Maggie is an exchange student from Ireland. This explains her thick accent, which goes unexplained in the final movie.
  • The producers chose Florida as the filming location over Los Angeles to keep studio executives from interfering.
  • First prize in the 35th Annual Caddy Day Golf Tournament is a college scholarship. Second and third prizes, respectively, are a pair of socks and a baggie full of golf tees.
  • After 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, and an ending had to be filmed.
  • Theatrical and television 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 the gopher, including a scene where he dances in one of his tunnels, Ty and Lacey talking while walking across the golf course, alternate version of the scene where Smails gets hit with a 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).
  • After Cindy Morgan's dispute with Jon Peters over her nude scene, he invited a photographer to the film's set for a photo spread that was to appear in "Playboy", as a promotion for the film. Morgan once again reluctantly agreed to do this. However, when the photographer arrived she was too nervous to go through with it. Harold Ramis sided with her and canceled the shoot.
  • Glenn Banner built the Bushwood CC sign that's shown throught the movie.
  • The film was originally supposed to be a simple coming-of-age story about kids working at a golf course, with Danny and Tony as the main characters. However, the expansion of other roles led to the film being an ensemble piece.
  • The scene involving a Baby Ruth candy bar being thrown into the swimming pool was based on a real-life incident at Brian Doyle-Murray's high school.
  • The scene in which Al Czervik hits Judge Smails in the genitals with a golf ball happened to Harold Ramis on what he said was the second of his two rounds of golf, on a nine-hole public course.
  • Brian Doyle-Murray based the Haverkamps on a doddery old couple called John and Ilma, longtime country club members, who can barely hit the ball out of their shadows.
  • Brian Doyle-Murray based the character of Maggie on a girl he met during his time as a caddy.
  • Ted Knight didn't get along with his young co-stars, Chevy Chase, or Rodney Dangerfield.
  • The film was shot over 11 weeks during the autumn of 1979.
  • Bill Murray was working on Saturday Night Live (1975) at the time, and was not intended to have a large role in the movie. However, he kept being called down from New York City to film more and more scenes as production continued.
  • The original rough cut that editor William C. Carruth put together was about 4-1/2 hours long. The film was neither very funny nor, obviously, releasable in that particular version. Executive in Charge of Production Rusty Lemorande had previously worked for Blake Edwards' agent. In that position he became friendly with Edwards' editor, Ralph Winters, a man very experienced in comedy editing. Winters agreed, at Lemorande's request, to work for one week, at night, to reshape the film. The result was so improved that Harold Ramis, Jon Peters and Douglas Kenney agreed that a full-time editor with experience should be hired. David Bretherton, a longtime editor and the son of veteran 1930s/1940s "B" picture director Howard Bretherton, was hired.
  • Bill Murray's ball smashing speech scene originally lasted a good thirty minutes.
  • With scenes between Danny and Maggie ending up on the cutting room floor, the original thru-line in the narrative dissolved. Producer Rusty Lemorande suggested that the gopher become a complete character--in the original script and cut, the gopher is referred to and there is a brief scene where Al tussles with it (with the end of his golf club).
  • 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 his or her golf clubs properly.
  • Harold Ramis suggested that a live animal play the gopher. Rusty Lemorande had been a professional puppeteer through his college years and convinced the team that only with the kind of control you had with a puppet could the quantity of material be filmed. He searched for a suitable creature builder. Companies such as The Henson Company (which became the premier creature builders in the 1980s) did not yet take outside assignments, so Lemorande contacted friends at Walt Disney Imagineering for help. One of the Disney theme park creature designers, Jeff Burke, was willing to create the character but only on a moonlight basis. Lemorande drew a simple sketch, indicating the range of movement the puppet would require and Burke fleshed out the remainder of the creature's design with further input from Lemorande.
  • Puppeteer Jeff Burke was paid $5000 for creating the gopher, which Rusty Lemorande handed to Burke in check form at his house one night, and received the puppet in exchange.
  • The gopher rod and hand puppet sat in Rusty Lemorande's office for weeks. During that time producers Douglas Kenney, Jon Peters and Harold Ramis would come into the office to play with the creature, trying to figure out how to integrate it into the film.
  • In the opening credits one of the houses Danny passes as he rides his bicycle is the house used as the exterior of the Tate's house in the sitcom Soap (1977).
  • In real life gophers usually stay away from greens. The biggest menace to a course is a mole.
  • Years later Harold Ramis had the opportunity to spend time with The Dalai Lama. He recalled that the monks were confused about this speech because the "Dalai Lama doesn't play golf."
  • Al Czervik was based on a guy in New York City who had sirens on his car.
  • Brian Doyle-Murray based Danny's family on his own. He has eight siblings, including Bill Murray.
  • Michael O'Keefe stayed away from golf for 25 years after the film. He wasn't into the "pressure of having everyone come out of the pro shop to watch."
  • Ann Ryerson (who holds the Baby Ruth) claimed to have never been able to hold a chocolate bar since that scene.
  • Cindy Morgan said that, after growing up in Catholic school, playing Lacey was her "ultimate fantasy role. When I read the script I went, 'Who's this?' I didn't view myself as a sex symbol at all."
  • Naked-lady tees are real, and usually come packed with exploding golf balls.
  • Bill Murray's character was partially based on a routine he developed several years before at Second City.
  • Carl's fantasy ladies are golfing friends of the casting agent who hired all the extras.
  • This is John F. Barmon Jr.'s only movie role. He works as a realtor in the Boston (MA) area.
  • Sarah Holcomb also played the mayor's wild young daughter in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), which was also co-written by Harold Ramis and Douglas Kenney.
  • The role of Ty Webb was written with Chevy Chase in mind.
  • The producers cast Rodney Dangerfield, based on his frequent Johnny Carson appearances.
  • Scott Colomby and Cindy Morgan dated for two years after this movie.
  • Harold Ramis thought of the movie as Danny's search for a role model.
  • The film was created by most of the team behind National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). The goal was to do the same thing all over again. The togas are a nod to that film.
  • The Florida weather proved intense for the cast and crew, who were often unwilling to film, and there were frequent no-shows on set. Sound recording was frequently ruined by planes flying over the golf course.
  • An actual condo development near the golf course constantly interrupted filming.
  • During his final attempt to kill the gopher with plastic explosives, Carl Spackler sings a snatch of the 1966 hit song "The Ballad of the Green Berets". John Wayne used this song as the theme music for his Vietnam War drama The Green Berets (1968). Harold Ramis admitted sneaking in veiled references to the Vietnam War in some of his early films, including his next with Bill Murray, the military comedy Stripes (1981), which he co-wrote.
  • Bill Murray and Harold Ramis collaborated on Groundhog Day (1993) featuring another short, furry animal Murray's character hates.
  • Harold Ramis initially pitched two different projects to Orion Pictures, neither of which got made. One was a dark satirical comedy about the American Nazi Party in Skokie, IL, and the other was what Ramis dubbed a "revisionist Marxist western." Douglas Kenney and Brian Doyle-Murray pitched the film as "National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) on a golf course".
  • The original script ran 250 pages long.
  • In an interview with the "Hollywood Reporter" in January 2017, Jon Peters announced that he was planning a remake with Warner Brothers, which would star his old friend Jack Nicholson.
  • The sound that Chevy Chase makes when sinking putt after putt was a gag based on the sound effect used in The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) whenever Steve Austin performs some astounding feat.
  • As of January 2017, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Michael O'Keefe are the only three living main cast members of the film. Ted Knight died in 1986, and Rodney Dangerfield died in 2004.
  • For his audition, Rodney Dangerfield allegedly arrived at Jon Peters office in a black stretch limosine, wearing a long black trench coat with a cheap leisure suit underneath. When it was time for him to audition, he walked into the room, removed his pants, and said, "Let's eat!"
  • Final film of Henry Wilcoxon before his death in 1984.
  • (Cameo) Douglas Kenney: the balding man in black tuxedo and glasses to whom Al says "You two should get a room" in the club dining room scene.
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
  • The little girl with pigtails in the footie pajamas playing Danny's youngest sister is Harold Ramis' daughter Violet Ramis; she was almost three-years-old at the time of filming and her normally brown hair was dyed blonde to match the family.
  • One deleted scene shows Danny and Ty on the fairway, when Carl drives up. He offers advice on hitting the ball, which actually belongs to a party playing behind Danny and Ty. Ty lets him hit one, then catches another and gives it to Carl to hit before the party behind them runs up.
  • Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers revealed in an article that she and her two younger half-sisters have bit parts in the opening scene as three of Danny's sisters.
  • The opening line of the film is "All right, kids, rise and shine". In the course of this film you will also discover "Watch out for your first step, it's a doozy". Both lines were again used in Groundhog Day (1993) by Harold Ramis, putting them on a radio alarm in form of Sonny Bono and Cher music and in Ned Ryerson's mouth when Phil Connors steps into the puddle.
  • Airplanes were frequently flying low over the golf course where the movie was filmed, and interfering with filming, because the course was only a few miles directly west of the east-west runways at Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, and lay under the busy airport's main landing approach. It is true that a commercial passenger flight was on final approach at the moment of the huge explosion when Carl Spackler tries to blow up the gopher, and the pilot did report a plane crash to Air Traffic Control.
  • The swimming pool scene was not shot at the Rolling Hills Country Club, which did not have a swimming pool, but rather at the Plantation Country Club in Plantation, Florida.
  • In the opening long shot of Danny and Ty Webb walking down the hill towards the camera, Ty absentmindedly calls his caddie 'Betty.' Six years later, Chevy Chase appeared in Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al (1986) and sings the refrain line "I can call you Betty."
  • Mickey Rourke was initially considered for the role of Danny Noonan, but was turned down by the producers because he "wasn't funny enough".
  • According to Chris Nashawaty's book "Caddyshack," Rodney Dangerfield was so unaccustomed to how films were made, Harold Ramis had to gently guide him to make sure he was comfortable. The first scene Dangerfield was in, the pro shop scene, was ready to go and Ramis called "Action." Nothing happened. Dangerfield just stood there. Ramis asked him if there was a problem. Was he ready? "Sure," Dangerfield said. Ramis called "Action" again. Again, nothing. Ramis walked over to him and said "Rodney, when I call 'Action,' that's your cue to come in and do the scene." "You mean, do my bit?" "Yes, do your bit." Ramis called "Action" for a third time. Silence. He then said "OK, Rodney, now do your bit." Dangerfield pounced into the room and delivered a perfect take, even improvising the line about getting a free bowl of soup. From then on, whenever Dangerfield was in a scene, Ramis never said "Action." He just said, "OK, Rodney, do your bit."
  • Rodney Dangerfield improvised the dinner scene and the uneasy reactions from the other actors were real. However, Dangerfield complained no one present really laughed with him.

Spoilers

  • When 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 Cecil B. DeMille's classic The Ten Commandments (1956), in which Wilcoxon played the part of Pentaur.
  • If you go to the "Caddyshack" restaurant in St. Augustine's World Golf Village, owned by the Murray brothers, they have on display a script from the film that displays a part from the movie. It was a scene cut from the movie. It talks about a scene where Danny and Maggie go to the Pharmacy to look for a pregnancy test. "So teenks for nussin!"
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