Cold Turkey

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This comedy is notable as the final onscreen appearance (non-speaking) of Edward Everett Horton, a staple comic supporting actor from the early '30s onward. Dick Van Dyke plays an ambitious small-town minister who rallies the whole town to meet a challenge bet by a tobacco corporation. Cooked up by the tobacco company's public relations head (Bob Newhart), the bet is an offer to pay twenty five million dollars ($25,000,000.00) to any town that can quit smoking for the required period of time. Barnard Hughes is Dr. Proctor, a heart surgeon who has to be physically restrained to prevent him from smoking. Jean Stapleton is the mayor's wife, who swells visibly as her eating replaces cigarettes. Edward Everett Horton is eloquent as the mysterious tobacco tycoon who comes to observe the chaos first-hand. There is lots of frantic action as the townsfolk try to win the prize, and the tobacco company (which has no intention of paying off the bet) works to sabotage their efforts. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Dick Van Dyke
as Rev. Clayton Brooks
Bob Newhart
as Merwin Wren
Pippa Scott
as Natalie Brooks
Tom Poston
as Mr. Stopworth
Edward Everett Horton
as Hiram C. Grayson
Vincent Gardenia
as Mayor Wrappler
Barnard Hughes
as Dr. Procter
Graham Jarvis
as Amos Bush
Jean Stapleton
as Mrs. Wrappler
Helen Page Camp
as Mrs. Watson
Paul Benedict
as Zen Buddhist
Simon Scott
as Mr. Kandiss
Raymond Kark
as Homer Watson
Peggy Rea
as Mrs. Proctor
George Mann
as Bishop Manley
Charles Pinney
as Col. Galloway
Gloria Le Roy
as The Hooker
Eric Boles
as Dennis
Jack Grimes
as TV Stage Manager
Walter Sande
as Tobacco Executive
Woodrow Parfrey
as Tobacco Executive
Harvey Jason
as Hypnotist
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Critic Reviews for Cold Turkey

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (6)

  • An extended sitcom loaded with the kind of jokes that induce canned laughter.

    Mar 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Irritation mounts as tiresome running gags run the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal into the ground.

    Jun 24, 2006

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It is, within its limitations, a very engaging, very funny movie. The Saran is still there, but it is wrapped around a lot of typical, nasty humor and old-fashioned, clean-cut vulgarity.

    May 9, 2005
  • Even if you don't smoke, you'll find Cold Turkey funny.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The script for Cold Turkey is fairly ragged, but the movie deserves credit for its willingness to wallow in the murky depths of black comedy.

    Jun 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If time has rendered it more a telling social artifact than a comedy classic, the ending remains powerful and thoughtful as a postscript to pandemonium.

    Jun 8, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cold Turkey

  • Sep 05, 2010
    A very funny movie, with a good story and a good cast. I liked it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2007
    I saw this when I was a teenager and thought it was hysterical.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2007
    It's funny. I saw it in the theatre when it came out and I remember a lot of it even now. Dick Van Dyke was in top form.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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