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10 August 1977 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Marilyn Joi ... Cleopatra Schwartz (segment "Cleopatra Schwartz")
Saul Kahan ... Schwartz (segment "Cleopatra Schwartz")

David Zucker ... Man (segment "His New Car") / Technician #2 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Grunwald (segment "Courtroom")

Marcy Goldman ... 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)

Barry Dennen ... Claude LaMont (segment "High Adventure")
Colin Male ... Spokesman (segment "Argon") / Voice Overs
Ed Griffith ... Host (segment "Danger Seekers")
Robert Starr ... Rex Kramer (segment "Danger Seekers")
Richard Gates ... Boy (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Rick Gates)
Tara Strohmeier ... Girl (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Tara Strohmeir)
Neil Thompson ... Newscaster (segment "Eyewitness News")

Jim Abrahams ... Technician #1 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Announcer (segment "Courtroom") / Other Roles

Jerry Zucker ... Technician #3 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Man (segment "Nytex P.M.") / Beaver (segment "Courtroom") / Hands (segment "Fixative")
Anne Crawford ... Mother (segment "Scot Free")
Bob Harland ... Father (segment "Scot Free")
Michael Harland ... Son (segment "Scot Free") (as Mike Harland)
Mary Harland ... Daughter (segment "Scot Free")
Katherine Wooten ... Woman (segment "Nytex P.M.")
Jeff Maxwell ... Man (segment "Feel-A-Round")
Julia Embree ... Box Office Girl (segment "Feel-A-Round")
Bruce Bonnheim ... Ticket Taker (segment "Feel-A-Round")
Tracy Landis ... Candy Counter Girl (segment "Feel-A-Round")
Michael Alaimo ... Usher (segment "Feel-A-Round")

George Lazenby ... The Architect (segment "That's Armageddon")

Victoria Carroll ... The Nurse (segment "That's Armageddon")
Jack Roberts ... The Governor (segment "That's Armageddon")
Jesse Emmett ... The Governor's Aide (segment "That's Armageddon")

Donald Sutherland ... The Clumsy Waiter (segment "That's Armageddon")

Newell Alexander ... The Firechief (segment "That's Armageddon")
Armand Cerami ... The Fireman (segment "That's Armageddon")

Henry Gibson ... Himself (segment "United Appeal for the Dead")
Roberta Kent ... Mrs. Hefsteder (segment "United Appeal for the Dead")
Christopher Hanks ... Johnny (segment "United Appeal for the Dead")
Dena Boehms ... Sister (segment "United Appeal for the Dead")

Bill Bixby ... Himself (segment "Headache Clinic")

Janice Kent ... Barbara Duncan (segment "A.M. Today")

Michael Laurence ... Frank Bowman (segment "A.M. Today")
Larry Curran ... Tom Leclair (segment "A.M. Today")
Mike Hanks ... Ron Butler (segment "A.M. Today") (as Michael Hanks)
William Tregoe ... John Fitzsimmons (segment "A.M. Today")
Eloise Hardt ... Sheila Hamilton (segment "A.M. Today")
Mallory Sandler ... Astrologer (segment "A.M. Today")
Ellen Regan ... Judy Morton (segment "A.M. Today")

Rick Baker ... Dino (segment "A.M. Today") (as Richard A. Baker)
Bill Breslau ... Technician (segment "A.M. Today")
Lenka Novak ... Linda Chambers (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")
Betsy Genson ... Nancy Reems (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")
Nancy Mann ... Susan Joyce (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")
Stephen Bishop ... Charming Guy (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")
Gwen Van Dam ... Mrs. Burke (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")

Charles Dougherty ... Mistaken Boy (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble") (as Charlie Dougherty)
Uschi Digard ... Woman in Shower (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble") (as Ursula Digard)
Michael Kearns ... Man in Shower (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")

Felix Silla ... Crazed Clown (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble")
Mark L. Levine ... Boy Going Blind (segment "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble") (as Mark Levine)
Boni Enten ... Rita Filagree (segment "Courtroom")
Dick Yarmy ... Taylor (segment "Courtroom")
Michael McManus ... Hornung (segment "Courtroom") (as Michael L. McManus)
Ross Durfee ... Judge (segment "Courtroom")
Stephen Stucker ... Stenographer (segment "Courtroom")

Tony Dow ... Wally (segment "Courtroom")
Bob Liddle ... Bailiff (segment "Courtroom")
Charlotte Zucker ... Jurist (segment "Courtroom")
Forrest J Ackerman ... Jurist (segment "Courtroom") (as Forrest J. Ackerman)
Susan Breslau ... Jurist (segment "Courtroom")
Francie Shagin ... Jurist (segment "Courtroom")
Patrick Strong ... Sailor (segment "Willer Beer")
Wayne Walls ... Bald Beer Drinker (segment "Willer Beer")
Reuben Soto ... Bald Beer Drinker (segment "Willer Beer")
Leonny Martorada ... Bald Beer Drinker (segment "Willer Beer")
Mike Dallbert ... Bald Beer Drinker (segment "Willer Beer")
Richard Barrett ... Bald Beer Drinker (segment "Willer Beer")
Jackie Kaufman ... Pretty Girl (segment "Willer Beer")
Vera Stough ... Housewife (segment "Nesson Oil")
David Clover ... Husband (segment "Nesson Oil")
Jack Baker ... Boy (segment "Sex Record") (as John-Anthony Bailey)
Sharon Kaough ... Girl (segment "Sex Record")

Manny Perry ... Big Jim Slade (segment "Sex Record") (as Manuel Perry)
Nancy Steen ... Housewife (segment "Zinc Oxide")
Steve Lee ... Son (segment "Zinc Oxide")
Arnold Weiss ... Husband (segment "Zinc Oxide")
Eric Micklewood ... Asquith (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Derek Murcott ... Pennington (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Evan C. Kim ... Loo (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Evan Kim)
Agneta Eckemyr ... Ming Chow (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Bong Soo Han ... Dr. Klahn (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Master Bong Soo Han)
Ingrid Wang ... Ada Gronick (segment "A Fistful of Yen")

Nathan Jung ... Bulkus (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Dovie Beams ... Concubine (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Dovie Boehms)
Tony Gaznick ... C.I.A. Agent (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Pugil Kwon ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")

Phillip Rhee ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")

Simon Rhee ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Dong Lim ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Chong Lee ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Howard Nemo ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Won Seo ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Hee Ill Choi ... Klahn's Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Johnny Vanek ... Loo's Wrestling Opponent (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Kim Weiskopf ... Prisoner (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Rollin Moriyama ... Prisoner (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Rollins Moriyama)
Kim Lee ... Prisoner (segment "A Fistful of Yen")

Branscombe Richmond ... Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
John Leoning ... Prisoner (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
George Cheung ... Guard #1 (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Marcus K. Mukai ... Guard #2 (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Marcus Mukai)
Norman Tse ... Guard #3 (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Arthur Song ... Prisoner (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Tad Horino ... Technician (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
David Wang ... Game Show Host (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Chris Abbott ... Tour Guide (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Shirley Levine ... Tourist (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Peggy Doyle ... Auntie Em (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Gary Gayle ... Nin Chuk Killer (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Gary S. Gayle)
Alberto Isaac ... Alarm Man (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (as Alberto Issacs)
Maria Adams ... Klahn's Harem (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Young Hwang ... Klahn's Harem (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Sheila Tan ... Klahn's Harem (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Eileen Lum ... Klahn's Harem (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Evelyn Louato ... Klahn's Harem (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Oanh Samora ... Klahn's Harem (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Emmanuel Amit ... Palace Guard (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Carmelo Aguilar ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Jesus R. Avila ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Mike Brown ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Danny P. Bruz ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Daniel Bustos ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Paul Cardenas ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Marvin Castellon ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Gino Cerda ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Rudy Chavez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Duong Kang Chhoun ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Alejandro Cruz ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Martin Delgadillo ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Manuel S. Diaz ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Tran Chau Duc ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Randy Echeverria ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Orville Echeverria ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Traleng En ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Richard Felix ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Benjamin Figueroa ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Carlos D. Flores ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Joe Flores ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Tempa Galstan ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
David Garcia ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Mike Goto ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Michael Gradney ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Terry Gradney ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Richard R. Gutierrez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ear Heng ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Giang Liet Hong ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Phuoe Tinh Hua ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Henry Huerta ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Kieng Huor ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Paul Iwasaki ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Zetulio Jimenez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Tang Kheang ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Alan Kim ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ngo Eng Kuong ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Pung Trang Laen ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Meng Lee Lam ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Tony Larios ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Chea Leng ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Jojie M. Lengsomin ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Joel Lengson ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Say Bun Ling ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Mario Llamas ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Rudy Macias ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Carlos Mancilla ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Cea Mario ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Julio Martinez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Jose Mendez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Hear Chiev Meng ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Poch Meng ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
To Lip Meng ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Larry Mireles ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Mario Mitchell ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Tony Montanex ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Galo Naranjo Jr. ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Mickey Naranjo ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Gary Ng ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Lee Ngo ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
To Lip Nguong ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Gus Ochoa ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Chun Sil Oh ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ngo Ooy ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Olih Osias ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Germin Pasos ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Hou Lydara Pong ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Oscar Quesada ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Rudy Ramirez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Jesus Rone ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Arturo Ruezga ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Roland Sanchez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Kan Chhaing Sear ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Edwin Seas ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ricardo Siciliano ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Jose Sierra ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ruben Sierra ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Lam Sin Sok ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Armando Solano ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Gilbert Solorzano ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Manuel Solorzano ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Kim Huy Song ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ngo You Song ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ruben Sota ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Jose Sotela ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Wesley D. Stoltz ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Fernando Tajan ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ngo Tap ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Tony Testero ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Oscar Trana ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Ngo Uykok ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Gerardo Valadez ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Vladimir Verceles ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Arthur Villegas ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Hong Kong Vin ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Hidetoshi Viscaino ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Peter Vodegel ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Mike Wan ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Randy Wei ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Arnold Wong ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Jamien Wong ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")
Carlos Yoshimura ... Klahn's Army (segment "A Fistful of Yen")

Shadoe Stevens ... (voice)

Bob Holt ... (voice)
Ron Russ ... (voice)
Linda Inglstad ... (voice)

Robert K. Weiss ... (voice) (as Bob Weiss)
Ron Gans ... (voice) (as Ron Ganz)
Paul Basta ... Voice Overs (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William B. Kaplan ... Technician (segment "Argon") (uncredited)

John Landis ... TV Technician Thrown by Gorilla (segment "A.M. Today") (uncredited)
Lance LeGault ... Toy Robot (segment "A Fistful of Yen") (voice) (uncredited)

Tina Louise ... Woman in Feel-O-Rama Movie (segment "Feel-O-Rama") (voice) (uncredited)

Leslie Nielsen ... Man in Feel-O-Rama Movie (segment "Feel-O-Rama") (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Landis 
 
Writing credits
David Zucker (written by) &
Jim Abrahams (written by) &
Jerry Zucker (written by)

Produced by
Kim Jorgensen .... executive producer
Larry Kostroff .... associate producer
Robert K. Weiss .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Folsey Jr. 
 
Casting by
Mike Hanks  (as Michael Hanks)
 
Art Direction by
Rick Harvel 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
 
Makeup Department
Nancy Gillis .... hair stylist
Cheri Ruff .... makeup artist
Edward Ternes .... makeup artist (as Ed Ternes)
 
Production Management
James D. Bissell .... production manager (as Jim Bissell)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Gaznick .... third assistant director
Ken Kauffman .... second assistant director
Peter Schindler .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Sue Crachy .... graphics
Alex Hajdu .... props (as Alex Hajdo)
Victoria Hugo .... property master
Robert J. Quinn .... props (as Bob Quinn)
Jeffrey Scruton .... props
Tim Doughten .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James A. Corbett .... re-recordist (as James Corbett)
William B. Kaplan .... sound (as Bill Kaplan)
Keith Olson .... sound effects editor
Earl Sampson .... assistant sound
Rich Thorden .... audio technician
Howard S. Wollman .... re-recordist (as Howard Wollman)
Jack R. Woltz .... re-recordist (as Jack Woltz)
 
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bernie Carmona .... stuntman
Vic Hunsberger .... stuntman (as Victor Hunsberger Jr.)
Eric M. Miller .... stuntman (as Eric Miller)
Nacona .... stuntman
Branscombe Richmond .... stuntman
Roberto Sanchez .... stuntman
John Velardi .... stuntman
Brandon Pender .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Manny Perry .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Basta .... grip
Paul Basta .... video camera operator
Robert E. Collins .... photographer: Ten Minute Presentation (as Bob Collins)
Philip Elberg .... lighting director: video
Michael Hirschenson .... video camera operator
James LeBlanc .... assistant camera
John LeBlanc .... assistant camera
Al Merwitz .... video technical director
Tim Moriarity .... still photographer
John C. Murray .... gaffer (as John Murray)
Tim Pogoler .... grip
Lawrence Purcell .... electrician (as Larry Purcell)
Tom Ramsey .... key grip
Pete Stevens .... electrician
Carl Swanson .... video controller
Richard Webster .... video camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce Unruh .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Lee Burch .... editor: Ten Minute Presentation
Malcolm Campbell .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Igo Kantor .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
J.P. Parker .... transportation
Charles Wholton .... transportation
 
Other crew
John Aneson .... production assistant
Russ Dodson .... martial arts coordinator (as Russell Dodson)
Wendy Goode .... production assistant
Genell Hartman .... production accountant
Saul Kahan .... publicist
John T. Kretchmer .... production assistant
John Pisciotta .... production assistant
Patrick Strong .... martial arts coordinator
Ned Topham .... presenter
Alice West .... production coordinator
Katherine Wooten .... script supervisor
Glen Sanford .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Rick Baker .... special thanks
Stephen Bishop .... special thanks
Bill Bixby .... special thanks
Henry Gibson .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"11 O'Clock News" - USA (segment title)
"A Fistful of Yen" - USA (segment title)
"A.M. Today" - USA (segment title)
"Argon Oil" - USA (segment title)
"Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" - USA (segment title)
"Cleopatra Schwartz" - USA (segment title)
"Courtroom" - USA (segment title)
"Danger Seekers" - USA (segment title)
"Eyewitness News" - USA (segment title)
"Headache Clinic" - USA (segment title)
"High Adventure" - USA (segment title)
"Household Odors" - USA (segment title)
"Nesson Oil" - USA (segment title)
"Nytex P.M." - USA (segment title)
"Scott Free" - USA (segment title)
"Sex Record" - USA (segment title)
"That's Armageddon" - USA (segment title)
"The Wonderful World of Sex" - USA (segment title)
"United Appeal For The Dead" - USA (segment title)
"Willer Beer" - USA (segment title)
"Zinc Oxide and You" - USA (segment title)
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Runtime:
83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Canada:18A | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams shopped the movie around the Hollywood studios but were turned down by all of them being told that "audiences didn't like movies composed of sketches".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the courtroom scene, the car was said to have been in the northbound lanes of U.S. highway 30, which actually runs east-to-west.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Newscaster:The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in. Film at eleven.
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Soundtrack:
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
You have our gratitude., 12 May 2006
Author: the-jerk from Newark, DE

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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