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Dynamite Chicken -- A collection of parodies; skits and musical performances.

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Let's Hear It For Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll! See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Pryor ... Himself
Ace Trucking Company ... Themselves (as Ace Trucking Co.)
Patti Deutsch ... Herself - Ace Trucking Co.

Michael Mislove ... Himself - Ace Trucking Co.
Bill Saluga ... Himself - Ace Trucking Co.
George Memmoli ... Himself - Ace Trucking Co. (as George Terry)

Fred Willard ... Himself - Ace Trucking Co.
Roy Bond ... Himself - Ace Trucking Co.

Ron Carey ... Himself

Marshall Efron ... Himself
Lisa Ryan ... Herself
Paul Krassner ... Himself
Peter Max ... Himself
La Rocque Bey School of Dance ... Themselves
Jay Garner ... Himself
Al Goldstein ... Himself
Jim Buckley ... Himself
Tuli Kupferberg ... Himself (archive sound)
Lannes Kenfield ... Himself
Sylvia Topp ... Herself
Eliza Nimmo ... Herself
Sha-Na-Na ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joan Baez ... Herself

Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Linda Boyce ... Herself (uncredited)
Lenny Bruce ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Suzzan Landau ... Herself (uncredited)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Victor Mature ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Mitchum ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joe Namath ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Malcolm X ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernest Pintoff  (as Ernie Pintoff)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Lauria  segments "Prophets" and "Norma Jean"
Eliza Nimmo 
Michael O'Donoghue  segment "Phoebe Zeit-Geist"
Ernest Pintoff 

Produced by
Ernest Pintoff .... producer (as Ernie Pintoff)
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Cotts 
Guy Fraumeni 
David Hoffman 
Dick Lacey 
Kenneth Van Sickle  (as Ken van Sickle)
Greg Zilboorg 
 
Sound Department
Bill Daly .... sound (as William J. Daly)
Joe Lovett .... sound
Bruce Perlman .... sound
Bob Rosen .... sound
Harry Wiland .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Juda .... assistant camera
Richard Lacey .... camera operator
Mike Shiffrin .... assistant camera
 
Thanks
Irving Arthur .... special thanks
Allen Barbour .... special thanks
Gary Borresen .... special thanks
Paula Ceder .... special thanks
Alan Douglas .... special thanks
Ted Kavanau .... special thanks
Peter Oliver .... special thanks
 

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Features Double Dynamite (1951)See more »
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I Need LoveSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Counterculture Mayhem, 15 May 2005
Author: lar3ry-imdb from New Hampshire

The first time I saw this movie, I was in college. It was 1977, and I was the projectionist. The movie was rated X (meaning that it wasn't rated), and the advert that caught our eyes boasted names like Richard Pryor and (Zen Bastard) Paul Krassner. I remember that I mostly laughed a lot during the movie back then. I also remember that there were two versions of the movie available from the people that provided the film, including an "all white meat version" that was about ten minutes shorter (we got the full version, so I've never seen that alternate version).

When I saw the tape at a music store in a mall about twenty years later, it brought back memories. Alas, twenty years takes a toll on dated material like this.

Having lived through the sixties and seventies, I can state for a fact that the movie provides a pretty accurate portrayal of the counter-culture from that era. As much as "Woodstock" showed the rock and roll heroes from that generation, "Dynamite Chicken" shows all the other aspects of that life, and not just "sex, drugs, and rock and roll" (although they all appear in the film!).

Richard Pryor comes out as sort of a spokesperson for this movie. He does a few stand-up bits, but if you want to see him at his best, you should instead watch the stand-up films he would make ten years later.

The basic plot of this movie seems to be, "Hey, let's get stoned and do a movie! We'll keep in all the stuff that makes us giggle." If some of the sketches fall flat, it's probably because they were still smoking things when they were trying to decide what was funny!

The movie ends up as an apparently haphazard collection of material and sketches from the likes of Al Goldstein (Screw magazine), the Ace Trucking Company comedy troupe, and Paul Krassner. In addition, Michael O'Donahue (the writer and Uncle Mike from the original Saturday Night Live, and author of the Bill Murray vehicle, "Scrooged") can be found here, narrating one of his early works, "Phoebe Zeitgeist," and also narrating some of the funnier sketches.

It's too easy to dismiss this movie as a cartoon replica of the counter-culture, but doing so would be an injustice. After all, this generation never took itself too seriously, unlike the generations that preceded it and followed it.

Now, thirty-three years after the movie was made, "Dynamite Chicken" is a sobering reminder about an interesting generation, and unintentionally forces an interesting contrast to today's generation.

After all, what can you say about a generation that wasn't too self-absorbed to actually go out and protest an unpopular war? A generation that dealt with racial bigotry and didn't simply sweep it under the rug? A generation that, for the first time, seriously considered treating women as equals? A generation that wasn't afraid to equally make fun of a former Democratic president and an incumbent Republican president?

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