The Road to Wellville (1994)

“Health! The ‘open sesame’ to the sucker’s purse!” – Goodloe Bender

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Patients at the medical clinic of Dr. John Kellogg during the early part of the 19th Century get a very unique kind of treatment.

My Take on it – Really strange film that fails to work very well.

Th movie has a great cast with Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick and Anthony Hopkins leading the way.

The problem here is that the story is told in a very choppy manner and tries too hard to accentuate the eccentricities of the cinic and of Kellogg and fail to give the viewer something more down to Earth and palatable.

The characters aren’t developed at all and they all come across as seeming quite superficial in all that they say or do.

The various treatment methods shown in the film are very weird and they never even attempt to give real explanations as to why these methods are meant to heal or cure anyone of the various ailments that they seem to have.

The fact that the clinic was a prevalent pace for people to seek treatment at the time is based on truth, but the way that the story takes these stories to an extreme which isn’t very entertaining is quite problematic.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Much of the movie was filmed at the Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz, New York, a Quaker-family-owned hotel, built in stages from 1879 to 1910. It’s situated on the Shawangunk Ridge, which is south of the Catskill Mountains. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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