The 20 Best Quotes From Caddyshack: The Most Quotable Movie Ever

By | September 2, 2022

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Bill Murray eye to eye with a gopher in a scene from the film 'Caddyshack', directed by Harold Ramis, 1980. (Photo by Orion Pictures/Getty Images)

Gathering some of the great funnymen of the '70s -- Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Rodney Dangerfield -- the 1980 film Caddyshack may be the most quotable comedy ever. The writers of this madness were Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis (who also directed) and Doug Kenney (a key member of National Lampoon's editorial staff) should get a lot of the credit, though there was much improvisation on set as well.

This golf-themed sports classic centers around class privilege and rivalry at the Bushwood Country Club. Caddyshack produced some of the most quotable lines in film history so here are twenty of the best that you can add into everyday conversation.

'What an incredible Cinderella story...'

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This is a monologue by groundskeeper Carl Spackler, played by Bill Murray, occurring at the beginning of the movie. He's speaking to himself as he weed-whacks some flowers:

"What an incredible Cinderella story! This unknown, comes out of nowhere, to lead the pack at Augusta. He's at the final hole. He's about 455 yards away, he's gonna hit about a 2-iron, I think. Oh, he got all of that. The crowd is standing on its feet here at Augusta. The normally reserved crowd is going wild... for this young Cinderella who's come out of nowhere. He's got about 350 yards left, he's going to hit about a 5-iron, it looks like, don't you think? He's got a beautiful backswing... that's- oh, he got all of that one! He's gotta be pleased with that! The crowd is just on its feet here. He's a Cinderella boy. Tears in his eyes, I guess, as he lines up this last shot. He's got about 195 yards left, and he's got a, looks like he's got about an 8-iron. This crowd has gone deadly silent... Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac- it's in the hole! It's in the hole!"

Murray proved to be the chief of comedy as he completely improvised this entire monologue while his character pretends to be a professional golfer in his golden moment. The only script direction for Murray during the entire film was this scene, but the only instruction he was given was that, “Carl cuts off the tops of flowers with a grass whip,” and the rest was all on Murray’s own. AFI named the speech one of the greatest movie quotes of all time in 2005.