Cold Turkey Reviews
It's one of those films that is that silly it works...Dick Van Dyke's humor is a little hit/miss but despite the films wackiness it works & few a scenes that are quite funny.
It builds up & other than some odd close up's this film is fairly original & fresh and if you want to see a cult classic comedy this is well worth a watch.
Almost entirely a Norman Lear comedy, written, directed, etc.
An entire town tries to go cold turkey... meaning NO smoking suddenly. If it does so for a month, the town wins 25 million dollars, but not before losing all sense of civility.
Stars young Dick Van Dyke as the town reverend and numerous television/movie supporting cast types. He is just as adicted to smoking as anyone, but sees the worth of the prize purse of 25 million dollars.
Bob Newhart plays the antagonist who's in the employ of the tobacco company. His job is to provoke the townspeople to smoking any way he can and thus lose the prize money. Ever dull witted Tom Poston also appears. Tom and Bob were regulars on Newhart's television sitcom show.
Comic impressario Norman Lear makes his directorial debut with this farce about an entire town who tries to give up smoking in order to win $25 million. Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart and Tom Poston star.
Dick Van Dyke (of television's The Dick Van Dyke Show)
Bob Newhart (comedian, of television's The Bob Newhart Show)
Edward Everett Horton
Tom Poston (of television's The Bob Newhart Show and before)
Jean Stapleton (wife of Archie Bunker in All in the Family)
Story by: William Price Fox Jr.
Editor: John C. Horger
Director: Norman Lear
Producer: Norman Lear
Screenplay: Norman Lear
Story by: Norman Lear
Costume Designer: Rita Riggs
Composer: Randy Newman
Associate Producer: Edward Stephenson
Cinematographer: Charles F. Wheeler
Executive Producer: Bud Yorkin
As an adult, the movie works. Admittedly some of the humour is dated, but the cast is fun, the characters are funny, and the premise works as a whole. Still good for a rainy afternoon!