Bill Murray, who improvised nearly all of Spackler’s lines, as well as co-stars Chevy Chase and Michael O’Keefe, share intimate, often hilarious, memories of the blockbuster that seemed destined for disaster before unexpectedly setting the stage for a new era of loosey-goosey, juvenile romps. Nashawaty’s unabashed passion for the film is a little over the top, but his enthusiasm most likely persuaded the show’s major players to open up. Even nonbelievers will appreciate the valuable insight into how the style of comedy being practiced on Second City stages and Saturday Night Live began making its impact on the big screen.
His heartfelt (if obsessional) salvage job starts to make sense as you scan the endnotes and realize that Caddyshack has been the author's lifelong passion ... 'Oh!' exults Carl. 'He got all of that one! He's gotta be pleased with that.' Nashawaty should feel likewise about his scene-stealing book.
Nashawaty’s prose is lively, and his exhaustive research is bolstered by interviews with many of the film’s principle players, including the famously elusive Murray. A wonderful celebration of a passionately loved film.