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The Nitpickers Site - Caddyshack
The Charge
The snobs against the slobs.

Opening Statement
Caddyshack is one of those wacky comedies that have simply permeated the culture. Over the years I've heard more quotes from this movie around the water cooler than almost any other. This goofy film was the directorial debut of Harold Ramis, who has also directed such movies as Groundhog Day and Analyze This and was the screenwriter of even more greats such as Ghostbusters, Stripes, and Animal House. A stellar cast and some of the best ad-libbing around make this movie one to keep.

The releasing of this film has not been kind to the DVD fan in the past. In 1997 a pan-and-scan only version with a trailer for extras was produced, and then last year we fans of the format were shunned by a widescreen special edition release in VHS only. Finally now we get a better version on DVD, with a new anamorphic transfer and more extras. I'm very happy to have it, but it could have been much better.

The Evidence
Did I mention I love this movie? I've probably seen it over 20 times. Chevy Chase (Fletch, Snow Day, Vacation) as Ty Webb is his most memorable role, and arguably the best he's ever done. I could say the same for Rodney "I get no respect" Dangerfield (Back to School, Natural Born Killers) even though he's done basically the same character in later movies. This was Rodney's first feature film, but he didn't let his anxiety or inexperience show on the screen. Then-young Michael O'Keefe (Ghosts of Mississippi, Three Wishes, TV's Roseanne) was very good as well. But it was Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Rushmore) as the wacky groundskeeper Carl Spackler who often stole the show. There was one other standout character that will go down in history as the best loved rodent (perhaps now with the exception of Stuart Little); the little mechanical gopher who makes a mess out of the golf course. For those who haven't seen the movie, golf is the main common theme in Caddyshack, and in my mind remains the best golf movie of all time.

Originally, as the title would suggest, the film was meant to be a more modest one about caddies at a stuffy country club. It was only when such great adult actors were cast that much of the script was changed. Only O'Keefe's character Danny Noonan had any real range left from the original script. I could almost say the word "script" with a laugh, because so much of the film was ad-libbed by stars who cut their teeth on Saturday Night Live and the Second City improv comedy troupe. Harold Ramis gave the actors their freedom to try different things and picked the best lines throughout. Or perhaps they stole that freedom from him since he was directing his first picture. Either way, the results were hilarious.

For the 25 people in America who haven't seen this movie from the hundreds of times it has been on television or film, the story is basically one of the Bushwood Country Club, a stuffy place lorded over by Judge Smails (Ted Knight of TV's Mary Tyler Moore show fame). There are three stories going on within this setting; of Smails' discomfort and dislike of the new visitor Al Czervic (Dangerfield), a rude and obnoxious loudmouth, and of the caddy Danny Noonan who is trying anything to get a scholarship to college from the country club, even if it means cozying up to the slimy Judge. Noonan often caddies for and takes his advice from Ty Webb, an extremely eccentric millionaire who plays golf by himself without keeping score. The advice is often both ludicrous and enlightening at once, and is delivered dead-pan by Chevy Chase. The third story is of the fierce battle for control of the golf course between Bill Murray and a little mechanical gopher. Despite using squirrels made out of plastic explosives, fire hoses, and sniper rifles the gopher manages to stay one step ahead of him. A sideline plot about the sexy young niece of Judge Smails (named Lacy Underall, played by the still gorgeous Cindy Morgan of television's Falcon Crest fame) who manages to get undressed a few times, and some various other scenes with the other caddies and members of the club keep the movie hopping at all times.

While there is a story, and a good one, what makes the movie so special is the individual scenes and lines that just keep coming. From Ty asking Danny "Are you taking drugs?" and the replies "Everyday" "Good" and the results of a Baby Ruth bar floating in a pool; to Bill Murray showing off the new grass he's developed (part Kentucky bluegrass and part marijuana) that you can play 18 holes on and then get stoned with after, there is far too much funny stuff to mention. Sure, some of it, particularly the drug humor is a bit dated, but it's all good.

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"...sure thing, shoot Timmy. Danny. Danny."

"When you were my age, did you ever have trouble deciding what you wanted to do with your life?"

"Do you take drugs Danny?"

"Is this Russia?..."

"What's wrong with lumber, I own two lumberyards..."

"I like you Betty..."

"There's a force in the universe that makes things happen...and be the ball.."

" the ball Danny, be the ball, you're not being the ball Danny..."

"Ty, what'd you shoot today?...Don't sell yourself short Judge, you're a tremendous slouch."

" missed just that one!"

"Unbelievable. Thank you very little."

"You were in the war? No, homo. Much better now though."

"My uncle says you've got a screw loose. Well, your uncle molests collies."

"I was born to rub you, I was born to lick your face, I was born to rub you, but you were born to rub me first."

"You have very. very small breasts, just kidding, c'mon."

"You're crazy! That's what they said about Son of Sam."

"...I thought you'd be the man to beat this year. I guess you'll just have to keep beating yourself."

"Let's make it forty dad never liked you. I'll see you two tomorrow on the golf course!"

"There she is, it's a Titleist...(swings and breaks the window)"

"Is this your place Carl? Yeah, what do ya think? It's really awful."

"Here, fire it up. With my lips?"

"People say, you know, that I'm an idiot or something, because all I do is cut lawns for a living. People don't say that about you, as far as you know."

"Can I say something to you Frank? Ty. You've been acting psychotically, lately. What the hell, why?"

"You're over there on Briar...Thanks for the dope."

"Get that steering wheel back over here where it belongs and back this thing outta here!"

"Don't smile at me Lyle, Okay?"

"I don't understand it, I'm playing the worst game of my life...You're not good, you stink."

"Ooh, my arm! I think it's broken...well, Sonja Henie's out. We'll take Danny Noonan."

"Don't worry, It's good luck. In Haiti."

"We have to win this winning isn't you do. Nice grammar."

"See your future, be your future. May, make--make it. Make your future Danny..."

"Don't worry about this one, you miss it, we lose."
Scenes from the 19th Anniversary Edition

"We couldn't possibly think less of each other."

"What you are about to see has a mechanical gopher in it."

"Out-take from the 'thanks for the dope' scene"

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