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Scavenger Hunt (1979)

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Scavenger Hunt (1979)


Richard Benjamin
James Coco
Scatman Crothers
Cloris Leachman

Directed by Michael Schultz

After seeing the grand It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), I stepped into this movie skeptic, as it is more like It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, with just some tweaks here and there. Reviewers didn’t help also, as from what I saw it (Scavengers Hunt) drops in the middle of good and awful. So I decided to see it for myself and I have to admit the plot is stupid and far fetch compared to that of It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the acting is of a lower grade the directing could use some work, the screenplay is all topsy turvy, making me laugh all the way through as things just kept happening every second.

I enjoyed this movie, the producers went all the way to copy as much as they can from It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, the movie is also filled with a lot of cameo appearances, we even get to see one from Mr. Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger who was all young. The movie’s whole idea is so bogus that you start to doubt from the start if this movie is going to be any good.

The plot is about a Milton Parker who was a multi-millionaire and holds an estate worth over 200 million dollars. A game lover himself, Parker upon his death had his relatives, domestic staff and a taxi driver gathered together for the reading of his will.

Which stipulates that a Scavenger Hunt will be held to determine the beneficiaries of his 200 million estates; each team has to get some particular items (without purchasing them) and each item on the list carried specific points, the winning team the team with the most points at the end of the hunt gets all his estate (200 million), the rest get nothing. The teams involved in the hunt were:
1.       Parker’s son in-law and his children
2.       Parkers servants which were his cook, butler, driver and maid
3.       A taxi Driver extremist (who was an extremist when it comes to stupidity and being brainless)
4.       Parker’s Sister Stella
5.       Parker’s nephews Kenny and Jeff Stevens

The sad thing though is I got to see this movie because someone was nice enough to convert the VHS version to digital for me, no DVD of this movie has been made (as of now) which is sad as this is one movie that I recommend any to see to get a good laugh, the movie is highly under rated, but it is good.


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