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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

 -  Comedy  -  10 August 1977 (USA)
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Series of short, highly irreverent, and quite often tasteless skits.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Joi ...
Saul Kahan ...
Schwartz (segment "Cleopatra Schwartz")
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Man (segment "His New Car") / Technician #2 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Grunwald (segment "Courtroom")
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Housewife (segment "Household Odors")
Dulcie Jordan ...
Guest #1 (segment "Household Odors")
Gracia Lee ...
Guest #2 (segment "Household Odors")
Sheila Rogers ...
Guest #3 (segment "Household Odors")
Joseph G. Medalis ...
Paul Burmaster (segment "High Adventure") (as Joe Medalis)
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Claude LaMont (segment "High Adventure")
Colin Male ...
Spokesman (segment "Argon") / Voice Overs
Ed Griffith ...
Host (segment "Danger Seekers")
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Richard Gates ...
Boy (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Rick Gates)
Tara Strohmeier ...
Girl (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Tara Strohmeir)
Neil Thompson ...
Newscaster (segment "Eyewitness News")
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Storyline

A series of loosely connected skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films, spy films, mafia films, and the fear that somebody is watching you on the other side of the TV. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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This movie is totally out of control!

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

10 August 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

11 O'Clock News  »

Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the low budget and poor funding, the movie was shot with a variety of different cameras at any locations that were available, using actors willing to work for near-nothing paychecks. Likewise, in order to offset the potential of the few investors pulling out due to objectionable material, the less-offensive portions were filmed first, saving the raunchy stuff for last (or just plain keeping it hidden until the last minute). The end credits (proclaiming "in order of appearance" and then beginning with cast members introduced 2/3 of the way into the movie) are actually the order in which the skits were supposed to appear; the makers ran out of money and couldn't afford to create new ones. See more »

Goofs

In the Fist Full of Yen segment (00:51:42), as the prisoners are escaping to battle Klahn's army, on the wall to the right, you can clearly see the shadow of one of the crew directing the prisoners out of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newscaster: The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in. Film at eleven.
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Crazy Credits

The credits state that the cast is listed in order of appearance - and then starts with Cleopatra Schwarz (who appears about 2/3rds of the way through the film)! See more »

Connections

References Deep Throat (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Carioca
(uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu
Performed by Jo Stafford (as Darlene Edwards) with Paul Weston on piano (as Jonathan Edwards)
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12 May 2006 | by (Newark, DE) – See all my reviews

This movie was like the Holy Grail of DVDs for me; I couldn't find it for the longest time. Finally I just picked it up off E-Bay (which I should have done from the start, of course) and watched it for the first time in years last night.

In terms of laughs per minute, this one is a strong contender for funniest movie of all time. Written by Zucker Abraham and Zucker, directed by John Landis, and produced by Samuel L Bronkowitz (just kidding), "The Kentucky Fried Movie" is really nothing more than a collection of skits, barely connected by the convention that they're all things you might see on TV (or at the movies). But, oh, the skits. Let's just say that no single episode of "Saturday Night Live" was ever this funny.

Best of the bunch is the movie's centerpiece, "A Fistful of Yen", a dead-on parody of kung fu action movies a la "Enter The Dragon". In this bit, the longest in the film, a Bruce Lee type named Loo has to infiltrate a mountain fortress run by the villainous Dr. Klahn, who is building an army of extraordinary magnitude. The martial arts scenes are hilarious; it may be the most staged-looking fighting of all time. Beginning with Loo training other fighters ("What was that? This is not a chawade. We need total concen-TWAY-tion," he yells at one student) and ending with Loo finally going home (in a completely out-of-left-field ending having nothing to do with the previous action but seeming somehow fitting anyway), the slapstick jokes come fast and furious, even parodying "The Dating Game" at one point. This is a direct precursor to ZAZ's later movies like "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun".

Then there's the incredible "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble", which aims to parody 70s porno flicks ("More shocking than 'Behind the Green Door'... Never before has the beauty of the sexual act been so crassly exploited!" the announcer screams.) To get an idea of the kind of humor seen here, picture a hot chick approaching a loser and saying in a breathy voice "Show me your nuts!" and the guy proceeding to start acting like a total loon. In "United Appeal for the Dead" Henry Gibson speaks at great length about death, the number one killer in the United States, and what his group can do to help a loved one who has died lead a normal life. "That's Armageddon" features George Lazenby and parodies every Irwin Allen disaster flick made. A young man and woman discover the pleasures of sex through an instructional record in "Sex Record", and "Courtroom" is a hilarious parody of courtroom melodramas featuring Wally (the real Tony Dow) and the Beav (Jerry Zucker mugging it up in place of Jerry Mathers) as observers. The movie begins and ends with two news-themed skits, "AM Today" and the racy "Eyewitness News", in which the newscasters watch a couple with the TV on having sex. And there's much more.

"The Kentucky Fried Movie" is not for all tastes; I've known people who have watched it and just said "This is stupid." It is, indeed, stupid, but within the confines of the genre, it's one of the best. You'll laugh at the stupid jokes and stupid puns and stupid lines and stupid stunts all the way through if you like this sort of thing. The movie is very clever in how it packs the laughs.


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