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Kenny Loggins (performed the theme song, I'm Alright): I remember when I saw the rough cut, Jon Peters said, "I'm going to have this gopher come out of his hole and do a little dance at the beginning." And I said, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard!" But people still love that little puppet. Go f------ figure!
"When you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup.... Oh, it looks good on you, though."
Ramis: After we wrapped, Doug Kenney got all fired up about the posters for the movie and came to the studio. He'd been up all night and didn't look good. He saw Jon Peters, and they started wrestling. And then Jon calmed him down and said, "Let's go see Mike Medavoy." So we go see Medavoy and Doug starts in on him. And Medavoy says, "You don't want to discuss this, you want to fight!" And Doug says, "Yeah." And they start wrestling. Doug's expectations were so high. The few things he had done had all turned to gold. He'd taken the Lampoon from Harvard to national success and Animal House had been huge. I think he had an impossible expectation.
Medavoy: I never had problems with Doug, but he was ingesting things that I didn't know about. He threw a shove at me. Not one of the nicer moments in my life.
Ramis: The movie wasn't as well received as Animal House. I remember The New York Times called it an "amiable shambles of a comedy." Doug was very depressed. I think his substance abuse was peaking. Someone said to me, "You can never get enough of what you don't really need." And Doug kept going to his substance abuse for comfort, and there's no comfort there. That's when he went to Hawaii with Chevy, and Chevy came back and Doug didn't.
Chase: Someone suggested that maybe I could help clean Doug up. I was the last guy to ask! We went to Hawaii. The point was to dry out. But why would that happen? Look at us at that age and the time. I had to go back to California, and within a couple of days Doug's body was found at the bottom of a ravine.
Ramis: There were a couple of days when he was missing. And then the call came that they'd found him. Some people say he fell, some people say he jumped. I thought he fell looking for a place to jump. Anything's possible. There were even people who thought he was murdered by drug dealers, but I kind of doubted that.
Chase: Years later my wife took me to a medium, and I said, I've never known how my best friend died. And she said, "Slipped, slipped." Then she said, "He's standing right there, he says it was the stupidest way he could have ever died." That conversation convinced me that it was an accident. I can't imagine Doug killing himself for a minute. It's a shame. If he were alive today, he would've seen that Caddyshack became a big deal!
"Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion...."
Canton: Caddyshack is a brilliant movie, it doesn't matter how we got there. Maybe in its imperfections, it made the movie more perfect. Kind of like golf.