When Nature Calls

When Nature Calls is a 1985 spoof comedy written and directed by Charles Kaufman and starring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn in an early performance. The film was distributed by Charles Kaufman's brother, Lloyd Kaufman, of Troma Entertainment (sister Susan Kaufman worked as an art director and their father Stanley appeared as an actor in the film).

When Nature Calls
DVD cover for 'When Nature Calls'
Directed byCharles Kaufman
Produced byCharles Kaufman
Susan P. Thomases
Frank Vitale
Written byCharles Kaufman
Straw Weisman
StarringGates McFadden
David Orange
Barbara Marineau
David Strathairn
Morey Amsterdam
Music byArthur Custer
CinematographyMike Spera
Edited byMichael Jacobi
Mach Studios, Inc.
Vitale Films
Cox Productions
Distributed byTroma Entertainment
Release date
Running time
88 minutes

The film is packed with visual gags, non sequiturs, fake previews for non-existent movies, and, one of the film's more notable sequences, an obscene stop-motion montage involving food products. The (loose) plot of the film follows a man (David Orange) who, fed up with the hassles of city living, decides to move his reluctant family into the woods, only to find out that they're in way over their heads with outdoor living. The video box proudly claims that the film includes the most romantic scene between a woman and a bear shot on celluloid.

The film features cameos from such notable people as baseball legend Willie Mays, professional wrestler Fred Blassie, comedian Morey Amsterdam, and Watergate icon G. Gordon Liddy.

Troma boasts When Nature Calls as one of the company's best comedies. The response from Troma fans has been largely positive as well, with most comparing it to such early Troma comedy classics as The First Turn-On! and Squeeze Play!.

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