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When Nature Calls (1985)

When construction worker Greg becomes fed-up with his foreman and the "city life", he takes his wife and kids on a wilderness adventure.


Charles Kaufman


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Credited cast:
David Orange David Orange ... Greg
Barbara Marineau Barbara Marineau ... Barb
Nicky Beim Nicky Beim ... Little Billy
Tina Marie Staiano Tina Marie Staiano ... Bambi
David Strathairn ... Weejun
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lance Acktiv Lance Acktiv ... Gangster ("Baby Bullets" trailer)
Matthew Adams Matthew Adams ... Marty ("Raging Bullshit" trailer)
Tony Alexander Tony Alexander
Morey Amsterdam ... Himself
Frank Anderson Frank Anderson ... ("Baby Bullets" trailer)
Celeste Anson Celeste Anson
Jerome Preston Bates Jerome Preston Bates ... (as Jerome Bates)
Billy Beck ... (segment "Raging Bullshit")
Stuart Beck Stuart Beck ... Environmental Protection Letter (voice)
David O. Belm David O. Belm


Greg Van Waspish, feeling that there's more to life than spending day after day working in the city, decides one day to pack up the family and move out to the wilderness. The family, not having been consulted in this move, takes to their new life very reluctantly, but eventually get used to life in the great outdoors. This film also includes parody previews to three non-existant movies. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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13 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outdoorsters See more »

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Troma Entertainment See more »
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Was filmed in 1982, but not released publicly until the fall of 1984. See more »


When the family's car runs over the camera, the numbers on the license plate are reversed. See more »

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The German video version released by UFA in 1989 omits the complete pre-title sequence. Later video version adds these scenes as bonus material after the main feature. See more »


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Charles Kaufman, film maker.
2 August 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

When Nature Calls (1985) was a film made by Lloyd Kaufman's brother. He made several films for Team Troma during the late seventies and early eighties. This was one of his last films. According to him, he wanted to make movies until they didn't make a profit and it wasn't worth doing anymore. He said this during the production of Mother's Day. Several years later and a few more films under his belt he was still directing.

The movie begins with several fake trailers (Baby Bullets, Raging Bull#@%! "A Martin Snoreasy Production, and a film for blind people). The feature film is called The Outdoorsters. An all-American family with All-American problems. They decide to move out of the big city and live in the country. But the wildlife ain't all that it's cracked up to be. This crazy comedy is filled with numerous sight gags, dated humor and corny jokes. One of the best jokes in this film revolves around "Wee-Jun" from the Ka-o-pec-Tac tribe! (played by David Strathian).

A Troma production through and through. Too bad Charles Kaufman 'retired" from the movie business. He should have went one and made several more comedies. But he left us with Mother's Day, Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters to name a few.

Highly recommended.

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