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Scavenger Hunt (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 21 December 1979 (USA)
To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought.

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writers:

Steven Vail (story) (as Steven A. Vail), John Thomson (adaptation) (as John Thompson) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Benjamin ... Stuart Selsome
James Coco ... Henri
Scatman Crothers ... Sam
Ruth Gordon ... Arvilla Droll
Cloris Leachman ... Mildred Carruthers
Cleavon Little ... Jackson
Roddy McDowall ... Jenkins
Robert Morley ... Bernstein
Richard Mulligan ... Marvin Dummitz
Tony Randall ... Henry Motley
Dirk Benedict ... Jeff Stevens
Willie Aames ... Kenny Stevens
Stephanie Faracy ... Babbette
Stephen Furst ... Merle
Richard Masur ... Georgie Carruthers
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Storyline

Milton Parker has made millions inventing and selling games. Upon his death, his relatives and domestic staff gather for the reading of the will. However, Old Mr. Parker is a game player to the last, and his will stipulates that a Scavenger Hunt will be held to determine the beneficiaries of his sizeable estate. The winning team gets all the money, the rest get nothing. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>, bearhawkpilot@gmail.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Winner takes all!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Galen i stålar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen Furst, who appears briefly as the plump character Merle, also co-starred in Disney's Midnight Madness, which had a very similar premise to this film. See more »

Goofs

Just before Jeff, Kenny & Lisa head back to the house to drop the first load of stuff in their van following the laughing gas scene, Lisa is still wearing the outfit (minus one or two items) she was in when the will was read. When they return to unload what they collected she is wearing a checkered shirt & jeans, yet had no change of clothes. See more »

Quotes

[Stuart Selsome is refusing to get into his car to drive on the start of the scavenger hunt]
Mildred Cruthers: What are you waiting for?
Stuart Selsome: A full share!
Mildred Cruthers: You greedy, blood-sucking, ambulance chaser!
Georgie Carruthers: Mother, we don't have any choice. It's his car.
Stuart Selsome: Why don't you call a taxi, Mildred?
Mildred Cruthers: What happened to your cut of 15%? Fine, I'll give you 20% if we win.
Stuart Selsome: I want 50%. Non-negotiable.
[after a pause]
Mildred Cruthers: [grimaces] It's a deal!
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

References It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

There's Enough For Everyone
Sung by Scatman Crothers
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Lyrics by Carol Connors
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In the great tradition of helzapoppin' comedies...
18 July 2001 | by docmarvySee all my reviews

Boy oh boy, it would seem as though this movie is particularly devisive. Every other comment was love it or hate it, so you've got to hand the movie that much. It really polarizes audiences. Let me offer this thought, ever since "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World" it seems like once a decade we get the cameo-fest group goof movie. The formulas work like this: In it's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World a group of people race to dig up a dead gangster's loot; Then in Scavenger Hunt a group of people race to win their inheritance; Then in Million Dollar Mystery a bunch of people race to dig up Tom Bosley's Glad Bag fortune (this movie was, thus far, the stinkiest); Next we look forward to Rat Race where a bunch of teams race for a casino owner's chunk o' change. That's the general rundown. All of these movies build on the same plot, some better than others. At least Scavenger Hunt was self-aware of how goofy it was. I mean, Mad Mad World was totally brilliant, but worthy of an update. Million Dollar Mystery was comprised almost entirely on C-list actors, no offense to Eddie Deezen (The nerdy guy). And I won't venture a guess on Rat Race until I've seen more press on it, but I'm not holding out too much hope. Basically what I'm saying is that Scavenger Hunt is a good whole-family Sunday afternoon crowded around the tube and wasting 90 minutes type of movie. It was pre-PC so it plays up some stereotypes, which I think is great, and I've always thought that Richard Benjamin was underrated as a comic actor. Love it or hate it, you should give this movie its due. It's not the worst in a series of bad.


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