Caddyshack is the best sports movie ever.

Why Caddyshack is the Best Sports Movie Ever

7/9/12 in Golf   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Blog Photo - Caddyshack is the best sports movie ever.A few nights back I finally found the time to watch the hockey comedy Goon on Netflix, and I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I think one reviewer nailed it when he called it "the second best hockey movie ever." Starring Seann William Scott as a bar bouncer turned minor league hockey enforcer, the film deserved better than its limited release and short run.. If you're at all a fan of the sport I highly recommend that you check it out. Anyway, afterwards I found myself thinking of sports movies in general and, more specifically, which is the best sports movie ever. After careful consideration, I've come to the conclusion that the answer to that question is Caddyshack.

Sure, it never earned a Best-Picture Oscar like Rocky (or any other awards for that matter) and it didn't reduce grown men to tears like Field of Dreams or Brian's Song. But who gives a crap? Caddyshack took one of the least-exciting, most-exclusive sports around and made it into something that everyone could relate to and laugh at. It was the snobs against the slobs, the haves and the have-nots, Rodney Dangerfield versus Ted Knight! It had a cast of youngsters and oldsters. There was sex and drinking and drugs and swimming and fighting and gambling and, oh yeah... golf. And that goes for when they weren't filming too. In short, Caddyshack had it all.

Released in the summer of 1980, Caddyshack was only moderately successful by box office standards. That summer, by the way, was an absolute monster for silver screen comedies with both The Blues Brothers and Airplane! also hitting theaters, not to mention the underrated and under-seen Robert Wuhl flick, The Hollywood Knights. But I digress. Though Caddyshack may have been a tad lost in the shuffle among of all of those comedies, it really started gaining momentum when it made its way to video and, more importantly, cable television. It was on cable that an entire generation got to watch the movie multiple times until they could easily dispense the wit and wisdom of Ty Webb, Al Czervik, and Carl Spackler verbatim. Over 30 years later and you can still hear lines like "Hey Lama, how about a little something, y'know, for the effort" and "Hey Baby, you must have been something before electricity" and that's just at Sunday Mass.

On the golf course, Caddyshack changed everything. Visit any practice green and hear someone mimicking Chevy Chase's zen putting chant of "nanananana bupbupbup-a." Someone in any given foursome is also liable to remind one of their group "don't sell yourself short, you're a tremendous slouch." Catching a bite to eat after your round at the clubhouse? You just have to order  the Spalding Smails way: "I want a hamburger. No, cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake...." As for beverages, you can't go wrong with the Judge Smails suggestion: "How about a Fresca?" The lines just keep coming and coming:
"Hey Whitey, where's your hat?"
"Just be the ball."
"It's time for the old Billy Baroo."
"Cinderella story."
'It's in the hole!"

Those final two, of course, courtesy of Bill Murray's iconic assistant greenskeeper, Carl Spackler. To this day Murray is practically a golf god because of that role, as well known in golfing circles as guys like Palmer, Nicklaus, and Tiger. Can you think of any other sports movie that has achieved such status within a sport and in popular culture as a whole?

All these years later, Caddyshack still holds up very well. You may not laugh at some of the things you did the first ten times you watched it, but you still laugh. I personally crack up every time Danny Noonan is introduced to Chuck Shick. There are no throwaway moments in this film. For that, and so many other reasons, Caddyshack is the best sports movie ever.
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9/18/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

hclcdestin wrote:
I got a more important job for you, I want to kill every gophers on the course!
Hey doll wanna make $14 the hard way!  Cannonball it!!yes

the proper way to say that is "kill every gopher..." singular not plural or you could say kill ALL the gophers...then it would be plural.  14 dollars will barely get you out of mcdonald's fed.

9/18/12   |   hclcdestin   |   9161 respect

I got a more important job for you, I want to kill every gophers on the course!
Hey doll wanna make $14 the hard way!  Cannonball it!!yes

7/24/12   |   jgclancy   |   4 respect

Hmmm.not the Bad News Bears???.....Buttermaker was a God!

7/21/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1606 respect

fascinating diatribe.

7/9/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Right in the lumberyard...