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The Chicken Chronicles (1977)

R | | Comedy | October 1977 (USA)
A high school senior tries to score with Margaret.

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(as Francis Simon)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast

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Mr. Nastase
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David Kessler (as Steven Guttenberg)
Lisa Reeves ...
Margaret
Meridith Baer ...
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Mark
Will Seltzer ...
Weinstein
Kutee ...
Maddy
Gino Baffa ...
Charlie
Robert Resnick ...
Stuart
Joseph G. Medalis ...
Mr. Phinney (as Joe Medalis)
Robin T. Williams ...
Vanessa
Clark Brandon ...
Lee
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Tom (as Jonathon Gries)
John Starr ...
Saul
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A high school senior tries to score with Margaret.

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The Spirit of 69...When The Lights Turned Off...The Kids Turned On!

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Comedy

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October 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crônicas Colegiais  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The writer, Paul Diamond, absolutely avers that the title was a tribute to Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" See more »


Soundtracks

Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Written by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday and Randall Meyers
Performed by Jackie DeShannon (as Jackie de Shannon)
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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"Next time. Try do something about the chicken smell"
31 July 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Somewhat languishing in obscurity, "The Chicken Chronicles" is fairly an amusing under the radar 70s high school sex comedy drama set during the end of the 60s era. But again the context is much boarder, thoughtful and true to its decade than one might suspect, very similar to Cameron Crowe's coming-to-age comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". Throughout the feature is a running theme of sexual liberation, drugs, alcohol, absent / distant parents (where technology is used to communicate instead of face-to-face) and the affects the Vietnam War is having on the younger generation.

Californian teenager David Kessler is about to graduate high school with the senior prom rather near, but faces some problems before doing so. He's desperately trying to find the time to finally make out with his picture-perfect cheerleader girlfriend Margaret. To do so he needs help from his dweeb brother, for finding a place where they won't be disturbed. Out-of-blue there's Tracy, someone who he has known since early childhood and she really does fancy him. Also the school principal really has it in for him, although David does bring it upon himself with the numerous pranks and his boss at the chicken take away shop won't get off his back.

While it might seem aimlessly random in its structure (moving back and forth between its shenanigans), Paul Diamond's screenplay goes onto balance the authentic drama and witty comedy rather well. Even though it has an obsession on sex, never does it succumb to any crass or low brow acts or dialogues… although Silvers' character can be rather creepy. Director Francis Simon's bright and breezy direction (where the boom mike would suddenly appear at times) keeps it lively and fun in what is an enjoyably mellow throwback in spirit. The flavoursome soundtrack cruises right in. The performances go a long way to keeping it so. A fresh-face Steven Guttenberg (only his second feature, but debut lead role) is very likable as David… bringing heart and laughs to his character. However for me it was the great Phil Silvers as David's eccentric womaniser boss Max Ober, Ed Lauter as the snide principal Mr. Nastase, Branscombe Richmond as David's cool and collected, dope smoking buddy Mark and the ravishing Lisa Reeves as David's uptight girlfriend that had the memorable moments. Also there's a wonderful, homely performance by Meridith Baer as the down-to-earth, girl next door Tracy.

It might not stand out from the crowd, but it passes for an enjoyable teen comedy drama.


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