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Under the Rainbow (1981)

PG | | Comedy | 31 July 1981 (USA)
A visiting dignitary, a CIA agent, a Nazi spy, Japanese tourists, an assassin and a group of "midget" actors from The Wizard of Oz (1939) all check into an elite Los Angeles hotel called Under the Rainbow.

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Steve Rash

Writers:

Fred Bauer (story), Pat Bradley (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Bruce Thorpe
Carrie Fisher ... Annie Clark
Eve Arden ... The Duchess
Joseph Maher ... The Duke
Robert Donner ... The Assassin
Billy Barty ... Otto Kriegling
Mako ... Nakomuri
Cork Hubbert ... Rollo Sweet
Pat McCormick ... Tiny
Adam Arkin ... Henry Hudson
Richard Stahl ... Lester Hudson
Freeman King Freeman King ... Otis
Peter Isacksen Peter Isacksen ... Homer
Jack Kruschen ... Louie
Bennett Ohta Bennett Ohta ... Akido
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Storyline

In 1938 Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from the cast of The Wizard of Oz (1939)). Secret Service agent Bruce Thorpe and casting director Annie Clark find romance amidst the intrigue and confusion. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Who knew so many little people would throw such a huge party? See more »

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Rainbow See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,297,493, 2 August 1981

Gross USA:

$18,826,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,826,490
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Maren, who plays the pitcher in the kitchen baseball scene, was actually an actor in The Wizard of Oz (1939), in which he played (uncredited) a Lollipop Guild Member Munchkin. Maren later said he regretted making this film, because it was in such poor taste, and nothing remotely like what happened while filming "The Wizard of Oz". See more »

Quotes

Henry Hudson: [after being catapulted onto a chandelier] You are bad little people, you deserve to be short!
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Main cast list ends with a separate dedication: "and Leonard Barr as Pops Good-bye, Leonard, we'll miss you very much..." See more »


Soundtracks

Things Are Looking Up Today
(1981)
Words and Music by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Played and Sung during the opening credits
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A Magnificent Comedy of Errors
24 May 2001 | by DarguzSee all my reviews

With a bit of dark humor thrown in. This is one of my top favorite movies. Mistaken identities and foiled evil plots abound. Those concerned with its lack of "political correctness" should relax and not be so serious. One reviewer said that, if there was anyone they missed making fun of, it must have been only because they ran out of film stock. Exactly! This film has equal opportunity humor. A Japanese friend of mine, personally not known for his tremendous sense of humor, thought the film was hilarious, and has watched it several times, laughing hardest at the Japanese caricatures.

I highly recommend this overlooked gem. Get it, watch it, loosen up and laugh.


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