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Movie Info

In the depressed town of Eagle Rock, Reverend Brooks (Dick Van Dyke) spearheads his community's effort to rise to the Cold Turkey challenge. The Valiant Tobacco Company has promised a $25,000 cash prize to any town in America that can quit smoking for 30 days. So Brooks leads the charge in this Battle of the Butts, hoping to become the local hero in the process. However, when ad executive Merwin Wren (Bob Newhart) shows up to undermine his efforts, this wicked comedy kicks into high gear.

Cast & Crew

Dick Van Dyke
Rev. Clayton Brooks
Pippa Scott
Natalie Brooks
Tom Poston
Mr. Stopworth
Edward Everett Horton
Hiram C. Grayson
Bob Elliott
Hugh Upson, David Chetley, Sandy Van Andy
Ray Goulding
Walter Chronic, Paul Hardly, Arthur Lordly
Vincent Gardenia
Mayor Wappler
Jean Stapleton
Mrs. Wappler
Norman Lear
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Critic Reviews for Cold Turkey

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (6)

  • The special agony that grips Cold Turkey by the windpipe is how to stop smoking. And the film is funniest when it concentrates on that monumental exercise in will-power beside which the Perils of Pauline pale into minor irritants.

    March 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An extended sitcom loaded with the kind of jokes that induce canned laughter.

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

    June 24, 2006
  • 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 | Full Review…
  • Even if you don't smoke, you'll find Cold Turkey funny.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Lear's vision of consumers, marketers, and politicians all in bed together is as relevant now as it was then.

    June 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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