On this day in comedy on April 27, 1984, Cheech & Chong’s The Corsican Brothers was released by Orion Pictures
The Alexandre Dumas classic gets the Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong treatment in response to Nancy Reagan’s “Just-Say-No-To-Drugs campaign. She used them as poor societal role models and so they made a movie where they never mentioned weed or the smoking of it. Take that, marijuana prude.
The plot takes place in old France and revolves around a rock band (where Cheech and Chong are members) who play music nobody in the village wants to hear and the villagers pay them to stop and leave. Before departing fully, a gypsy tells Cheech and Chong the story of the brothers who tried to overthrow an evil member of the monarchy. Once the story ends the music resumes without complaint.
Other actors involved were more or less related to Cheech and Chong (Shelby Chong, Robbi Chong, Rae Dawn Chong and Rikki Marin) or they were Edie McClurg, Kay Dotrice or Roy Dotrice. This was the duo’s sixth film and it grossed $3,772,785.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton
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