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Cold Turkey (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 19 February 1971 (USA)
Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.

Director:

Norman Lear

Writers:

Norman Lear (screen story by), William Price Fox (screen story by) (as William Price Fox Jr.) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rev. Clayton Brooks
Pippa Scott ... Natalie Brooks
Tom Poston ... Mr. Stopworth
Edward Everett Horton ... Hiram C. Grayson
Bob Elliott ... Hugh Upson / David Chetley / Sandy Van Andy (as Bob)
Ray Goulding ... Walter Chronic / Paul Hardly / Arthur Lordly (as Ray)
Vincent Gardenia ... Mayor Quincey L. Wappler
Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Proctor
Graham Jarvis ... Amos Bush
Jean Stapleton ... Mrs. Wappler
Barbara Cason ... Letitia Hornsby
Judith Lowry ... Odie Turman
Sudie Bond ... Cissy
Helen Page Camp ... Mrs. Watson
Paul Benedict ... Zen Buddhist
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Storyline

Reverend Brooks leads the town in a contest to stop smoking for a month, But some tobacco executives don't want them to win, and try everything they can to make them smoke. If townspeople don't go nuts from wanting a cigarette, or kill each other from irritation and frustration, they will win a huge prize. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for smoking content throughout and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der 25 Millionen Dollar Preis See more »

Filming Locations:

Des Moines, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,990,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tandem Productions, DFI See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The bulk of the film was shot in Greenfield, Iowa, with many of the actual residents playing extras in many scenes. See more »

Goofs

The chalk board showing what the town could do with $25 million, shows projects that only add up to $17 million. See more »

Quotes

David Chetley: Mr. Kandiss - how did you react to the announcement of the Valiant Tobacco Company?
Mr. Kandiss: Badly, very badly! Now you leave me the *bleep* alone!
David Chetley: David Chetley, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Featured in Casting By (2012) See more »

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Theme from The Magnificent Seven
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Written by Elmer Bernstein
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Never a dull moment....
16 March 2003 | by cnwiperSee all my reviews

A great vintage comedy based on an original idea with non stop comic action and hilarious gags that will keep you laughing all the way.The actors are superb demonstrating the human weakness in a splendid manner.They do their best to stay of smoking for a month to win the big money prize.It sounds easy but is almost impossible because the city is full of fanatic smokers including the town's doctor who is the heaviest of them all.Will they make it?You'll never know until the end because....I can't reveal anything else Find it and watch it now..I love this film and i can't understand why it has not been reissued on dvd yet.Surely it deserves it and i for one would buy it instantly.Deserves to be in any self respecting comedy collection.....8 out of 10


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