Cold Turkey (1971)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy

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Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.



  • Dick Van Dyke in Cold Turkey (1971)
  • Graham Jarvis and Judith Lowry in Cold Turkey (1971)
  • Dick Van Dyke and Pippa Scott in Cold Turkey (1971)
  • Edward Everett Horton and Bob Newhart in Cold Turkey (1971)
  • Barbara Cason and Barnard Hughes in Cold Turkey (1971)
  • Dick Van Dyke in Cold Turkey (1971)

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1 May 2005 | lee_eisenberg
| using humor to poke fun at greed always works
Much like "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Cold Turkey" shows how crazy people can get when they're greedy. The plot centers on a town whose people are offered a lot of money if they can stop smoking for an entire month. They agree after getting convinced by the local clergyman (Dick Van Dyke), but things start going crazy when they don't get to have their cigarettes.

The movie also pokes fun at the media, with characters like "Hugh Upson" and "Walter Chronic". But overall, the movie makes fun of the "wholesome Middle America" image, showing how even seemingly idealistic small town folk can get corrupted when money is in the picture.

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