The sports comedy Caddyshack is a cult classic appreciated by comedy nerds and golfing dads alike. Released in 1980, the crude, vulgarity-laced film launched Harold Ramis’s directorial career and pulled Bill Murray into the spotlight.
Caddyshack behind the scenes also had plenty of dark drama and tragedy though. As a first-time director, Ramis allowed (or overlooked) rampant coke use, which often had the studio execs tearing their hair out and led to a production that was as improvised as it was scripted. There was the requisite tension between Chevy Chase and everyone else with whom he was working. And the crew notoriously even set off a huge explosion on a real-life golf course without getting the owners' permission... all while distracting them with food and booze.
The Caddyshack cast had a great time shooting this movie, and thanks to the rampant blow use of the '80s and their comedic talent, they left the rest of us with some wild stories and a solid film to boot.
The 'Caddyshack' Crew Didn’t Have Permission To Blow Up The Golf Course
Bill Murray Was Found Passed Out In A Sand Trap
'Caddyshack' Helped End a Feud Between Bill Murray and Chevy Chase
Coke Use Around Set Was Rampant
The Cast And Crew Thought A Hurricane Was A Great Excuse To Party
There Were Nighttime Golf Cart Races