Saturday, January 2, 2010

Under The Rainbow (1981)

Director: Steve Rash
Warner Archive DVDr

I am not making this up. Hitler sends a little person (Billy Barty) to a hotel in Hollywood so he can pick up a map from a Japanese agent (Mako). Also staying at the hotel, the actors playing the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, Carrie Fisher as their casting director, a group of Japanese tourists, and Chevy Chase as a secret service agent protecting a Duke and Duchess. Hi-jinks ensue and, of course, confusion abounds. So, now your asking yourself, "Why haven't I heard more about this masterpiece? Surely there are statues erected in it's honor!" Well slow your roll. While the the premise may be pure unadulterated genius, the final product is much less desirable. What we get is the broadest of broad comedy where every gag is telegraphed from BFE. It's painfully slow and Chevy seems to be working in a drama through most of the picture. But if you'd like to see Billy Barty Nazi salute Hitler right in the schnitzel, then this is the movie for you!


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