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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 1977 (USA)
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A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Joi ...
Saul Kahan ...
Schwartz (segment "Cleopatra Schwartz")
Man (segment "His New Car") / Technician #2 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Grunwald (segment "Courtroom")
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)
Claude LaMont (segment "High Adventure")
Colin Male ...
Spokesman (segment "Argon") / Voice Overs
Ed Griffith ...
Host (segment "Danger Seekers")
Richard Gates ...
Boy (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Rick Gates)
Girl (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Tara Strohmeir)
Neil Thompson ...
Newscaster (segment "Eyewitness News")


Madcap spoof, a collection of comedy skits includes the Kung-Fu parody, "A Fistful Of Yen" and "Catholic School Girls In Trouble." Enjoy the future of movie-going with the "Feel-A-Round" theater experience. See a notable and highly respected actor as the clumsiest waiter in motion picture history. Watch such character as Cleopatra Schwartz and Big Jim Slade tickle your funny bone until it has to be removed surgically! Written by Edwin van Oorschot <info@edwinvanoorschot.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This movie is totally out of control!




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Release Date:

10 August 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

11 O'Clock News  »

Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Original titles for the film included "Free Popcorn" and "Closed for Remodeling". Presumably both of them were rejected for the confusion they would cause when printed on a theater marquee. See more »


During the "Fistful of Yen" sequence, the tour guide mentions that the tanks containing the chemicals for germ warfare can each hold "4000 cubic liters". The liter is already a unit of volume, so the phrase "cubic liters" doesn't really mean anything. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) See more »


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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User Reviews

Well Fried
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though this movie has absolutely nothing to it, its considered a great movie on my part.

Not only did this movie make me burst a gut, but its a great satire of, well, everything. It's the remedy to any tear-jerker and also a great movie to watch when there's, "just nothing on that night", sit through it, have some laughs, and enjoy it. There's nothing better to it.

Of course, the main skit, "A fistful of yen" was absolute genius. The moves, and the way they were all made, was absolute prodegetic. I praise David and Jerry Zucker for this, and again, John Landis continues to make great movies. This, for one, is probably in his best other than "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers".

Serve up the chicken, because this movie is going to eat your heart out!

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