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Cold Turkey Reviews

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September 18, 2017
What a laugh riot fest filled with inappropriate Historical Sexism. you need to see to believe and REMEMBER, lest you forget.
June 9, 2017
70's concept comedy with great cast. Smoking was ingrained in the culture at this time, so it resonates more with boomers.
June 11, 2016
A town quits smoking to win 25 million dollars in this hilarious comedy.
½ October 14, 2014
It has a better latter third than the first two and a clever concept but it relies a little too heavy on tired jokes in the beginning when better pacing really is needed.
½ July 3, 2014
Between a 6/10 and 7/10, "Cold Turkey" is not terribly significant satire. It was made-after all-to amuse the very people it is satirizing, but it does this with a hustling, commercial vitality.
January 26, 2014
A very funny movie, with a good story and a good cast. I liked it. cold turkey has got me all wrong
April 2, 2013
I loved the hard edge on this film, definitely not a friendly film. A good ol' "fuck you" to corporations, politics and small town America.
½ February 13, 2013
Normal Lear's only outing as a feature film director is a clever satire, but seems nowhere as edgy as his many TV series. The story revolves around a tobacco company, hoping for good publicity, offering $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. It's a fun movie with a good cast (Dick Van Dyke, Bob Newhart, Paul Benedict, Helen Page Camp, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding, Vincent Gardenia, Edward Everett Horton [in his final film role] ,Tom Poston, Jean Stapleton and M. Emmet Walsh), but it's not all that funny or compelling of a story.
½ July 15, 2012
Irreverent, cynical and hysterical social satire of small town 'Murica. It's shocking to see that this film is virtually forgotten.
½ May 24, 2012
A silly film but a clever concept....a major Tobacco company offers $25,000,000 to an town who can make it residents not smoke for a month but there is just one who can't see to stop.

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.
Super Reviewer
December 28, 2010
A very funny movie, with a good story and a good cast. I liked it.
November 26, 2010
A satire on the addiction of smoking cigarettes. Funny at times, the era of the early seventies churned out comedies like this one in abundance. Not hysterically funny, not even witty, this is just amusing at best.

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)
Pippa Scott

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
November 6, 2010
Underrated gem--great satire. I have to go with the cliche of why Hollywood doesn't make movies in this style today when I think about Cold Turkey. It's satirical and funny at the same time. One big question--why isn't the film available on DVD?
October 23, 2010
Take into consideration the year this was made; then enjoy this very funny film. Great comedians, a little silly, but for those of us who have ever tried to quit smoking, there's a lot to relate to here. Just have fun with it.
April 21, 2010
From Norman Lear, who got his start from writing, producing and directing some of America's top sitcoms of the 1960's and 1970's, (some of them were based on our sitcoms), comes this amusing and wry satricial big screen sitcom about how giving up something can drive people mad. It's alot more relevant today as it was back then, and maybe a remake could benefit this film. It begins with the Valiant Tobacco Company coming up with an idea to try and boost profits, it's the idea of advertising executive Merwin Wren (Bob Newhart) that if an entire town can give up smoking for 30 days, then Valiant Tobacco will award them $25,000,000. In the town of Eagle Rock, Iowa (population 4,006), which is in an economic rut, Reverend Clayton Brooks (Dick Van Dyke), accepts the challenge and convinces the rest of the town to do so too. After some reluctance, they all accept, and it drives them to insanity, but can they keep it up for 30 days?? It's got some good moments, and the setting is wonderful, showing the side of America that ought to be on film. Van Dyke is wonderful as always, and the score by Randy Newman is brilliant as well. For all the comedy, it is an indictment on the state of society, and how far they'd go for money.
½ March 29, 2010
About as deep as a sitcom (Norman Lear of All in the Family is all over it), but I have to admit a secret love for it. Only in 1971.
November 22, 2009
Brilliant cast. Brilliant script. Hilarious. Why isn't it on DVD?
½ September 9, 2009
I remembered this movie as a boy, often on Saturday afternoons when it was raining and I wasn't outside. Hated it then.

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!
July 15, 2009
Very funny movie from the early 70s. Bob Newhart was in it, too. Not sure why he's not mentioned in the Flixster summary. They filmed it in my parents' hometown in Iowa, and I can remember getting Dick Van Dyke's autograph as a little girl. It brought back memories when he appeared at the barbershop convention a couple weeks ago.
July 12, 2009
A pretty good smoking movie...
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