Since its release in 1980, Caddyshack has become one of the most popular comedies of all time. The movie about all the wacky characters at a summer golf course doesn’t sound like a hilarious concept, but with talents like Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray involved, it became one of the most quotable movies ever.
From Chase’ dry delivery, to Dangerfield’s non-stop insults, to Murray’s just outrageousness – the film has no shortage of amazing one-liners. And while it’s difficult to narrow down all the laugh-out-loud moments from the film, here are here are some of the best quotes from Caddyshack that will have you laughing.
Whoa, did somebody step on a duck?
Fart jokes are always funny, no matter how old you are. This is the kind of film that knows this and embraces it wholeheartedly. And the only thing funnier than a fart is a fart in an inappropriate setting.
Dangerfield’s Al Czervik might be wealthy, but his behavior sticks out amongst the more conservative guests of Bushwood Country Club. He’s carefree enough to break wind in a fancy restaurant. And blaming it on a duck gave dads everywhere a classic fart joke for years to come.
9 A Golf Superstar Is Born
Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!
Bill Murray’s groundskeeper character, Carl Spackler, might have little to do with the overall plot of the film, but every moment he’s on screen is a treat. One of his most memorable moments is his own play-by-play of his imaginary golf championship.
While the line isn’t particularly funny, Murray unhinged delivery is what sells it as a classic moment. The fact that he’s absent-mindedly destroying to country club’s flowers as he daydreams makes it all the better.
8 Wise Words
Don’t be obsessed with your desires Danny. The Zen philosopher, Basho, once wrote, ‘A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole is a Danish.’ He was a funny guy.
Chevy Chase might not have the best reputation these days, but there was a time that he was Hollywood’s comedy superstar. His bone-dry delivery was perfect and he pulled off the charming jerk very well.
Ty Webb, the course hotshot, might be the perfect role for Chase. His ridiculous and pointless philosophy lesson to young Danny is so funny because it seems like Chase is just thinking out loud.
7 That’s One Bad Hat
Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh? Oh, it looks good on you though.
Rodney Dangerfield made a long and successful stand-up comedy career from insulting himself, so it only makes sense that he would be just as good at insulting other people. Dangerfield walks a fine line making fun of everyone without seeming mean. You’d love to be insulted by this guy.
This line while he’s checking out the golf clothing store is a classic Dangerfield put-down. And it’s made even better because uptight Judge Smails is wearing the same hat.
6 The Art Of War
“In order to conquer an animal, I have to think like an animal, and whenever possible, look like one.”
One of the highlights and most memorable aspects of the film is Carl’s fruitless efforts to kill the gopher that is destroying the golf course. He takes the job very seriously, yet always seems to be outsmarted by the vermin.
The insane depths he’s willing to go to in order to kill this innocent, fun-loving creature just add to the out-of-this-world nature of the character. He’s not saying his battle tactics to anyone in particular, but you can tell he really believes in them.
5 Size Matters
Hey, Smails! My dinghy’s bigger than your whole boat!
The battle between Judge Smails and Al provides the movie with some of its funniest moments. Especially since Al seems to have no animosity towards Smails, yet he continuously infuriates and humiliates the pompous judge.
You knew as soon as Smails was christening his new boat that Al would find some way to ruin his big moment. Not only did he manage to destroy the Smails’ new boat, but Al also took the opportunity to point out its shortcomings.
4 Measure Of A Man
Judge Smails: "How do you measure yourself with other golfers?"
Ty Webb: "By height."
That charming jerk persona that Chevy Chase pulled off so well was especially effective when aimed at an unlikable character. Ty’s constant take-downs of the oblivious Smails are funny and satisfying.
Though Smails thinks he’s buddying around with the club's most talented golfer, Ty isn’t being too subtle about what he thinks of the judge. It’s one of those lines that is just stupid enough to be funny, especially as it makes a fool of Smails.
3 Your Wife Is So Old…
Oh, this your wife, huh? A lovely lady. Hey baby, you must’ve been something before electricity.
One of the joys of watching Dangerfield in this movie is how he effortlessly sets himself up for each one-liner. He has a proven pattern to his joke-telling that shows why he is a legend in the comedy world.
While it might be outdated now, these kinds of simple insults can still make you laugh out loud when they land just right. And Dangerfield’s landing is always flawless.
2 Nice Tip
"So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Dalai Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice."
The great thing about Carl is you don’t know how much of what he’s saying is in his head and how much of it is true. Maybe he really did caddy for the Dalai Lama. Either way, it’s a good story.
1 Greatest Last Line In Film History?
"Hey everybody, we’re all gonna get laid!"
Caddyshack really is a perfect ‘80s movie. There isn’t really much of a plot, it’s all just about how much fun can be had. When it comes time for the movie to end, it doesn’t need to wrap everything up perfectly and reinforce the themes of the movie. All it needs is Journey, alcohol, and Dangerfield kicking off a dance party.
Really, this is the most satisfying ending the film could come up with. And as The Simpsons pointed out with their homage to this scene, “It's a party Marge, it doesn't have to make sense”.