'Caddyshack' had "success" written all over it -- it starred 'SNL' darlings, the biggest stand-up comic in the country and a young Oscar-nominated actor; its writers were just coming off another smash hit, the raunchy and raucous 'Animal House.' Still, when it debuted critics panned it. (Really? No love for an animatronic gopher?)

But 'Caddyshack' had the last laugh (naturally). The 1980 golfing romp earned $40 million domestically, went on to cult-hit status and now ranks at No. 71 on the American Film Institute's 100 funniest American films. See which stars and writers continue to crack us up to this day ... and which writer let the bad reviews drive him to the edge -- literally.