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Packin' It In (1983)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Movie 7 February 1983
In quest of a wholesome place to live: at first the Webbers laugh at their neighbors when they leave L.A. for the mountains of Oregon. But when they recognize the same symptoms in their ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Benjamin ... Gary Webber
Paula Prentiss ... Dianne Webber
Tony Roberts ... Charlie Baumgarten
Andrea Marcovicci ... Rita Baumgarten
Molly Ringwald ... Melissa Webber
Mari Gorman ... Brooklyn Mary
Sam Whipple ... Zack Estep
Kenneth McMillan ... Howard Estep
David Hollander ... Jay Webber
Phil Proctor ... Cliff, Gary's Coworker (as Philip Proctor)
Susan Ruttan ... Mrs. Estep
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... Gas Station Attendant
Clinton Dean Clinton Dean ... Johnny Crud
Laura Bruneau Laura Bruneau ... Claire Baumgarten
Walter Marsh ... Dr. Langendorf


In quest of a wholesome place to live: at first the Webbers laugh at their neighbors when they leave L.A. for the mountains of Oregon. But when they recognize the same symptoms in their family that made the neighbors leave, they follow them. However their new domicile is a bit more apart from the civilization than expected. Even then it's not a paradise: their neighbors are weird, the next shop is miles away and their house lacks even the most basic comfort. How long will it take until they're packin' it in again? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Release Date:

7 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf und davon See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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1.33 : 1
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Sam Whipple, who plays Molly Ringwald's semi love interest, a few years later appeared with Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy in Blue City: so during the mid-1980's he worked with three Brat Packers (although this was right before there was a Brat Pack). See more »

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Unlike cheese and fine wines, this didn't hold up well over time.
28 September 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When I was a teen I saw this film on television. My parents loved it so much, they were happy they recorded it. Well, many decades later, I decided to try the film again. After all, I may still love it....or I might wonder why I liked it in the first place!

The story is about a couple who are sick of the city life and so they follow the lead of some friends and they move to rural Oregon....to rough it and live off the land. Unfortunately, the country life, like the city life, offers its own problems and they soon find they've exchanged the horrors of city life with the horrors of living among a group of weirdo survivalists.

While the idea of the film was very sound, it was far from subtle. Additionally, Richard Benjamin's character really doesn't seem like a real person as he's constantly spouting one-liners--much like having Bob Hope doing a walk-on instead of making him like a real human being. And, as the film progressed I noticed that too many folks were caricatures...not realistic characters. Now this didn't totally ruin the movie, but its broadness limited its effectiveness in entertaining the viewers. Overall, mildly amusing but a film that did not amuse me like it once did. A watchable time-passer but certainly no classic.

FYI--While the film was set in Oregon, it was actually filmed in British Columbia, Canada.

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