A businessman finds he and his friends the prisoners of a sadistic judge and his equally odd family in the backwoods of a bizarre mansion.
Release Year: 1991
Rating: 4.3/10 (11,232 voted)
Stars: Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy
A financier [Chevy Chase] meets a spurned lover [Demi Moore] and agrees to take her to a business meeting. On the way there, they run a stop sign in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. They are arrested and taken to the local court. But all is not as it seems: the courthouse and the "prison" are a maze of zany booby- traps and deadly contraptions. The antics of the captured couple as they try to escape from the mad judge and his bizarre family make up the rest of this unusual film.
Writers: Peter Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd
Judge Alvin 'J.P' Valkenheiser
Raymond J. Barry
Mike the Doorman
Dealer #1 (Artie)
(as James Staskel)
Deborah Lee Johnson
Dealer #1's Girlfriend
Dealer #2's Girlfriend
All they wanted was a little getaway. All they got was nothing but trouble.
Release Date: 15 February 1991
Filming Locations: Greystone Park & Mansion – 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $3,966,240
(18 February 1991)
Did You Know?
Bertila Damas, who plays Renalda Squiriniszu, is a popular Spanish-language singer. She sang "La Chanka".
During dinner, Judge Valkenheiser stops the model train takes some mustard from the tank car, and puts it on his plain hot dog. In the next shot, when he takes a bite, the hot dog is covered with ketchup, mustard, and shrimp salad.
[as they leave a car and go into a building to a party]
20 minutes, hello, good-bye.
Give this movie a try before you pass it by…
I, unlike a lot of others, found this movie to be extremely funny- both
in a smart way and a sort of gross out way. Chevy Chase is really funny
with his sort of smart-ass, dry wit, probably his best performance
after Christmas Vacation. From the movies I've seen Demi Moore in, this
ranks as her best and shows that she can do comedy. Dan Akroyd and John
Candy each pull double duty in this one and do it well- I couldn't even
tell the second character Dan was playing until the credits rolled. The
sets are unreal- from the junkyard (complete with piles and PILES of
random junk and the Baby Huey-esquire Lil' Debil and Bobo) to the house
of the honorable judge, it's hard to believe they actually put this
together. Don't take everybody's word, check it out and you won't be