Caddyshack (1980)



Critic Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.

Movie Info

An elite country club has to deal with a brash new member and a gopher intent on destroying their beloved golf course.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Doyle-Murray , Harold Ramis , Douglas Kenney , Brian Doyle Murray , Dave Thomas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures


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as Bishop Pickering

as Mrs. Noonan

as Spaulding Smails

as Mr. Havercamp

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as Richard Richards

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Critic Reviews for Caddyshack

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (5)

The first-time director, Harold Ramis, can't hold it together: the picture lurches from style to style (including some ill-placed whimsy with a gopher puppet) and collapses somewhere between sitcom and sketch farce.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This vaguely likable, too-tame comedy falls short of the mark.

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
Top Critic

If you're still at the age when farting and nose-picking seem funny, then Caddyshack should knock you dead.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Caddyshack never finds a consistent comic note of its own, but it plays host to all sorts of approaches from its stars, who sometimes hardly seem to be occupying the same movie.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A pleasantly loose-limbed sort of movie with some comic moments, most of them belonging to Mr. Dangerfield.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

There's still a lot of fun in this movie, and most of that comes from the heartfelt performances from the cast.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Caddyshack


Shocking considering all the talent involved, but this comedy from the early 80s is barely watchable for the first time today. Maybe you had to be there, but then again other gem from that era have aged really well. Juvenile humor of the most embarrassing kind.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A caddy pursues one of his clients for a scholarship amidst the backdrop of several other colorful characters.
As a series of sketches, this film is whimsical and occasionally fun. The only moments of "sophisticated" comedy come from the class depictions with the rich portrayed as stuffy and mean-spirited and the poor portrayed as fun-loving and sexual but constantly looking through the plate glass window, hoping to trade places. However, as a film - a consistent, conflict- or character-driven story - Caddyshack doesn't hold together. Each of the stars get to do his bit, and in the end the film seems like a series of bits haphazardly edited together.
Overall, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase may have comedic talent, but this film only works in the actors' individual sound bytes.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


I really do envy people who were alive when this movie was made. In 1980, when people were called funny, they really were funny. Nowadays, the people considered funny aren't really funny at all. (Seth Mcfarlane, Will Ferrel.) Caddyshack has a big cast of people who can genuinely make people laugh. They all play memorable characters and are given some of the funniest dialogue. If I were to make a list of top 10 most quotable movies, Caddyshack would easily make the list. My personal favorite performance is Rodney Dangerfield as Al Czervik. Everything he says and does just makes me laugh. (He also has the world's coolest golf club bag.) The rest of the cast also do a stellar job in their roles. Chevy Chase has always been a funny guy and he definately is in this movie, Ted Knight does a really good job of the judge who gets aggravated really easily and Bill Murray provides some of the most memorable scenes in the movie. His subplot with the gophers is just classic. My favorite scene in the movie is the pool scene. It's a plethora of just teen caddys going apeshit all over the place. Caddyshack took the world's most boring sport (Golf) and made what could've been a tedious movie into a classic that will be remembered as one of the funniest comedies ever made.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

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