By Brad Haynes

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 37 years since the comedy classic Caddyshack was released on July 25, 1980.

Check out some things below about Caddyshack that may come as a surprise to you. And look out for the gopher!!!

1) If there hadn’t been an Animal House, there probably wouldn’t have been a Caddyshack. Directed and co-written by Animal House co-writer Harold Ramis, Caddyshack got made when pitched to the studio as “Animal House on a golf course.”

2) Most of Caddyshack was based on the experiences of co-writer Brian Doyle-Murray (Bill’s brother) at a country club in the suburbs of Chicago. Brother Bill went on to star as head greensman Carl Spangler.

3) In order to achieve the midwestern feel of the Bushwood Country Club, the film was shot in…Florida! Yes…Rolling Hills Country Club (now known as Grande Oaks) in Davie, Florida was the eventual shooting location. Filming was held up during the shoot by Hurricane David and occasionally by the noise of flights entering and leavingĀ Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

4) Caddyshack was the first movie for stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield who thought that he was bombing in his scenes because no one was laughing. He didn’t realize that if the cast and crew actually laughed at his jokes it would ruin the scene!

5) Pink Floyd was the original choice to come up with a theme song for the film. When they declined, Ramis turned to Kenny Loggins and “I’m Alright” was born. He would later score even more film hits with “Danger Zone” from Top Gun and “Footloose” from Footloose.

Source: Mental Floss


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