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The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 18 October 1974 (USA)
Julius Vrooder returns from the Vietnam War, pretending to be crazy to cope with the world which lands him in a VA hospital. He locates a tunnel where he creates a bunker existence complete... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Bottoms ... Vrooder
Barbara Hershey ... Zanni (as Barbara Seagull)
George Marshall ... Corky
Lawrence Pressman ... Passki
Albert Salmi ... Splint
Richard Dysart ... Father (as Richard A. Dysart)
Dena Dietrich ... Mother
Michael Cristofer ... Alessini (as Michael Ivan Cristofer)
Jack Colvin ... Sergeant
Andrew Duncan ... Chaplain
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Millard
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Fowler
Jarion Monroe ... Mosby
William Lucking ... Harmer
Debralee Scott ... Sister


Julius Vrooder returns from the Vietnam War, pretending to be crazy to cope with the world which lands him in a VA hospital. He locates a tunnel where he creates a bunker existence complete with electricity while also falling in love with his doctor.

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"If you think you're coming out, you're crazy!" See more »


Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vrooder's Hootch See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Playboy Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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The final film of George Marshall. See more »


Passki: I will read off a series of words, and you will say the first word that enters your... mind.
Vrooder: I have to take a leak.
Passki: Later... the first word is "dark".
Vrooder: Ummm, bombshelter.
Passki: "Deep"
Vrooder: Hole.
Passki: "Bosom"
Vrooder: Full.
Passki: "Mother"
Vrooder: Ass.
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18 March 2005 | by slicing_bulldogsSee all my reviews

I saw this on a late night television show and I fell deep, deep in love with it. Julius Vrooder is one of the most wonderful characters I've seen this far. He is witty, young, vulnerable and in love. The fact that the makers succeeded in making him both fun and sad is remarkable. Often the characters only have one side; they're funny, bored, stupid and so on, so on. But Julius Vrooder really shows the depth of a regular human being. That they also made a 100 minutes movie about a guy in a V.A mental hospital and his love for the nurse during a few days without making it a romantic comedy in the same genre as Pretty Woman and You've got mail is stunning. It's one of the first romantic comedies/dramas I've ever seen which contains love without making it sugar sweet with extra pink in it and I love it! The man (I forgot his name) who plays Julius is does also make a wonderful character of the paper. He is living in Vrooders small world with a depth that takes me away. I couldn't give this film a vote less than a ten!

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