Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey

Norman Lear (1969)

PG Certificate


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A comedy about a town in Iowa whose population goes "cold turkey" when a tobacco company offers them $25 million to stop smoking for a month. The film marked the directing debut of Norman Lear - famous in the business as a comedy producer who also made the American TV version of Till Death Us Do Part - and very much reflects the time in which it was made. Dick Van Dyke - a huge star then, mainly on TV - plays the local priest; veteran comic Edward Everett Horton plays the cigarette tycoon; while stand-up comic Bob Newhart is the public relations whizzkid who dreams up the idea and has to face the fact his company might lose the bet. Newhart once had a popular routine about Sir Walter Raleigh and the discovery of tobacco.


The minister of an American town urges its residents to give up smoking for 30 days to win a prize of $25million offered by cigarette manufacturers, leading to all manner of hilarious situations as the addicts struggle to overcome the craving. Comedy, starring Dick Van Dyke, Pippa Scott, Tom Poston and Bob Newhart.

Cast & Crew

Rev Clayton Brooks Dick Van Dyke
Merwin Wren Bob Newhart
Mayor Wrappler Vincent Gardenia
Natalie Brooks Pippa Scott
Edgar Stopworth Tom Poston
Hiram C Grayson Edward Everett Horton
Mrs Wrappler Jean Stapleton
Letitia Hornsby Barbara Cason
Police Chief "Rabbit" Watson Raymond Kark
Director Norman Lear
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. Ltd