Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.
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Reverend Brooks leads the town in a contest to stop smoking for a month, But some tobacco executives don't want them to win, and try everything they can to make them smoke. If townspeople don't go nuts from wanting a cigarette, or kill each other from irritation and frustration, they will win a huge prize.Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
What happens when an evil tobacco company offers $25,000,000 to an entire town to stop smoking for thirty days? What happens when 4,006 heavy smokers from Eagle Rock, Iowa take up the challenge? See more »
In the opening scene where Merwin Wren is talking to Hiram C. Grayson, a banjo can be heard playing Elmer Bernstein's theme music from The Magnificent Seven (1960). The tune was known for its use in television commercials for Marlboro cigarettes in the 1960s. See more »
When the helicopter drops the cigarettes on the town, you see the same helicopter drop three loads. There is no way the pilot could have set down and reloaded twice so fast. If you look at the bottom of the helicopter you will notice it has the same "N" number in all three drops. See more »
Cold Turkey is a sleeper hit that is well worth a watch, especially in this era of anti-tobacco hysteria. The cast list may seem second-rate, but that's part of the pleasure -- seeing some big-names-to-be for the 70s and 80s in this early 70s picture delivering solid performances that will keep you laughing.
Cold Turkey takes a humerous look at the addage "Be careful what you ask for...", especially as we see the ending shots of the film. Good natured Van Dyke fits his preacher's garb perfectly, throwing a curve as he makes a bold move of empathy with his fellow townspeople. The ever-cunning Newhart is in his best form ever, and Tom Poston's few lines are enough to keep you laughing for days.
Overall we see two sides of human nature: 1, when people try to stop smoking for 30 days... and how their relationships degrade; and 2, when big media comes to small town America (complete with Brinkley and Concrite knockoffs) and the impact on rural life (and strife, given the circumstances) -- especially in church services.
This is a must rental, a pilgrimage should be made to Eagle Rock every five years or so. It is a fun film, funny, unpredictable and surprisingly relevant. It's amazing to look back and see how much has changed and yet how much has not.
SHOULD'VE BEEN IN AFI'S TOP 100 COMEDY MOVIES!!!
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