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Release Date:
5 June 1975 (Sweden) See more »
A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Dated? Yes... But, worth a look. See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Ken Shapiro ... Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')

Richard Belzer ... Rodriguez / Leo Batfish / The President / The Hooker

Chevy Chase ... The Fingers / Geritan / Four Leaf Clover
Buzzy Linhart ... The Hitchhiker
Richmond Baier ... The Girl
Berkeley Harris ... The Rich Guy
Jennifer Welles ... The Geritan Girl
Roy Wallace ... The Gorillas
Kirtus Allen ... Gorilla
Laura Glicken ... The Gorillas
Hal Fore ... Gorilla
Jennifer Zens ... The Gorillas
Leo Petrie ... Gorilla
Lane Sarasohn ... The Dancing Policeman / The Assassin
Paul Norman ... Mouth Appeal / Sex Olympics
Lacey ... Theatre Girl / Girl in the Bathroom
Lincoln Harrice ... Manuel Rodriguez / 'Food for Thought'
Bill Bailey ... Suc Muc Dik
Peter William Blaxill ... Food for Thought
Dennis Helfend ... Food for Thought
Fred Stuthman ... Food for Thought
William Paxton ... The Old Lady / The Junkie
Mary Mendum ... Sex Olympics (as Mary Mendham)
Victoria Medlin ... Mouth Appeal
Christine Nazareth ... Theatre Girl
Robert Fleischman ... The Narc

Alex Stevens ... Butz Beer
Bill Kemmil ... Butz Beer

Martin Kove ... Butz Beer (as Marty Cove)
Tony Paxton ... Butz Beer
Ron Marshall ... The Voice of Butz (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deborah Courtney ... Golddigger

Directed by
Ken Shapiro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rich Allen  uncredited
Lane Sarasohn 
Ken Shapiro 

Produced by
Dale Bell .... associate producer
Ken Shapiro .... producer
Cinematography by
Bob Bailin 
Film Editing by
Gary Youngman (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Elke Gordon .... makeup artist
Gloria Natale .... makeup artist
Ruth Pontious .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Cummins .... unit manager
John Newton .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Medsker .... assistant director: New Mexico
Art Department
Janet Beroza .... props (as Jan Beroza)
Dan Kirshoff .... props
Peter Kunz .... props
Don Mandigo .... carpenter
Gary Martin .... props
Joseph Petruccio Sr. .... carpenter
Roosevelt Roberts .... carpenter
William F. Wardle .... master scenic
Sound Department
Jerry Bruck .... sound recordist
David Hill .... boom operator
Emil Neroda .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Kunz .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Bower .... assistant camera
John Friedberg .... gaffer
Rolf Johnson .... electrician
Michael Lesser .... electrician (as Mike Lesser)
William Mamches .... gaffer
Mel Noped .... key grip
Jeff Norwalk .... assistant grip
Joseph Sciretta .... electrician
Dustin Smith .... key grip
Carl Teitelbaum .... electrician
Animation Department
Pat O'Neill .... animator
Lynda Taylor .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Laurence .... stylist
Lee Nicholson .... stylist
Editorial Department
Irving Rathner .... negative matcher
Music Department
Buzzy Linhart .... musical advisor
Other crew
Carmen Bates .... studio art direction
Mike Battista Jr. .... teamster captain
Margot Breier .... production secretary
Randa Haines .... script supervisor: New Mexico
Ed Mulkeen .... production assistant
Glenna Ross .... script supervisor
Rich Allen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Brown 25" - USA (segment title)
"Channel One Evening News" - USA (segment title)
"Geritan" - USA (segment title)
"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" - USA (segment title)
"Koko the Clown" - USA (segment title)
"Kramp TV Kitchen" - USA (segment title)
"Mouth Appeal" - USA (segment title)
"The Dealers" - USA (segment title)
"The Koko Show" - USA (segment title)
"Wasted" - USA (segment title)
"Wild World of Sports" - USA (segment title)
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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Finland:K-18 | France:U | Netherlands:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (uncut) | USA:R | USA:X (original rating)

Did You Know?

An edited PG-rated version of this movie was later released on a double bill with a similarly cut-down The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977).See more »
Continuity: The opening of the "Channel One Evening News" skit includes a roll call of the reporters to be featured in the program. Among the reporters mentioned is "Freddie Fagu in Minneapolis," but Fagu's segment is missing from the skit.See more »
Hooker:Lionel? That sounds like a train, I'm gonna do a "non-stop" on you choo-choo.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Passions of Carol (1975)See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Dated? Yes... But, worth a look., 7 February 2004
Author: jety2k from United States

When you view this movie you should keep in mind that it was written and filmed in the early 1970s. Pretty dated but real damn funny for it's time.

I saw it when I was 14 with some friends at a double feature that included the 1930s classic "Reefer Madness". We were stoned of course.

For those of you that are in your early twenties, it should give some of you an idea of what your parents thought was funny and in your face back then.

Most people didn't have cable tv and those that did didn't have 100 stations to choose from and it was 7 years before Mtv was invented. Most of us were relegated to watching 3 channels if you watched tv at all.

This is also why anyone over 40 will tell you the first 5 years of SNL are better than all of the others combined.

The best segments are the Cooking Show, Brown 25 and KOKO the Clown.

In any case you may find humor in some of the segments or not. It is still worth watching from a nostalgic or historical perspective.

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