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The Road to Wellville (1994)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 28, 1994
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 10, 2002
• R2: 28 Jun 2004

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Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures

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• The Road to Wellville

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Genre: Comedy, Psychos, True Story, Scams And Cons, Period Piece, Satire, Suspense, Spoof, Doctor, Marriage

Plot: Based on the best-selling novel by T. Coraghessan Boyle, THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE satirizes late-19th-century health fads and medical procedures. The story focuses on Will Lightbody (Matthew Broderick) and his wife, Eleanor (Bridget Fonda), guests at the health spa of cereal mogul Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins). The vacationing couple get more than they bargain for, however, when doctors separate the couple and force them to undergo an array of hilariously absurd medical treatments. Meanwhile, con artist Charles Ossining (John Cusack) and Kellogg's adopted son (Dana Carvey) plot to steal the doctor's coveted recipe for corn flakes.

THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE's highbrow humor lies somewhere between the stinging ironies of Terry Gilliam’s BRAZIL and the spontaneous, madcap wit of the sketch comedy television show THE KIDS IN THE HALL. As he displayed in ANGEL HEART and PINK FLOYD: THE WALL, director Alan Parker is wonderfully adept at combining magic and mirth to make movies that entertain while subtly pressing forth a pointed moral lesson. A whimsical film, THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE mocks modernity and industrialization and warns viewers that sometimes even supposedly enlightened minds can lead society astray.

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 Directed by
Alan Parker
The Life of David Gale, Evita, Angel Heart
 Written by
T. Coraghessan Boyle
Achates McNeil, The Tortilla Curtain, Kinsey
Alan Parker
Melody, The Life of David Gale, Evita
Anthony Hopkins
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon
Bridget Fonda
Jackie Brown, Army of Darkness, The Godfather: Part III
Matthew Broderick
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Lion King, Godzilla
John Cusack
Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity, Stand by Me
John Neville
The Fifth Element, The X Files, Urban Legend
Lara Flynn Boyle
Dead Poets Society, Men in Black II, Wayne's World
Traci Lind
The End of Violence, The Handmaid's Tale, Fright Night Part II
 Music By
Rachel Portman
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