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Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  21 September 1979 (USA)
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Mike O'Donoghue's parody of "Mondo Cane" showcases curious performers, strange musicians, celebrity mutations and unusual short films, including Thomas Alva Edison's "Elephant Electrocution".

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Michael O'Donoghue ...
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Church of Jack Lord leader / Himself
Rhonda Coullet ...
Singer at Church of Jack Lord
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Herself
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Herself
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Herself (voice)
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Herself
Sarah Holcomb ...
Herself
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Herself
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Herself
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Herself
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Himself
Foster MacKenzie III ...
Root Boy Slim / Himself (as Root Boy Slim)
Edie Baskin ...
Herself
Robert Delford Brown ...
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Mike O'Donoghue's parody of "Mondo Cane" showcases curious performers, strange musicians, celebrity mutations and unusual short films, including Thomas Alva Edison's "Elephant Electrocution".

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The TV show that can't be shown on TV!

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In the theatrical release there is a film clip of punk rocker and former Sex Pistol Sid Vicious doing his version of 'My Way' the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. In the theatrical release, and first broadcasts on Showtime, the song was heard in its entirety. Upon release to home video, Paul Anka, author of the song, refused to allow the song to be included. According to the rolling caption on the home video and DVD version, no excuse was given, and no amount of money would sway him. Ironically, the performance can be seen and heard, complete, on the Theatrical, video and DVD releases of the film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980). See more »

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(After the credits): If you enjoyed "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" you'll love "Mr. Mike's Gandhi" soon to be a major motion picture directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley. See more »

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Very promising, but fails to deliver
27 October 2003 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I rented this last night, after having been impressed by the credentials and the fact that NBC refused to air it. Very rarely has a video failed to live up to such lofty expectations; then again, I may have expected too much.

Even though I knew from the first two sketches that this was going to be a very annoying and unfunny video, I stayed with it, expecting that, at some point or another, the show would connect--say something funny, make some sort of original statement, anything. Nothing. It aims to be shocking, but ends up extremely boring. (Throwing a cat into the pool is funny. Turning that one single act into a long, slo-mo montage of cats being throwin into the pool--well, it seemed like five minutes instead of two. And two minutes is about 100 seconds longer than this sketch had to be.)

Much of this is stream-of-consciousness in the vein of Monty Python, only without any of the wit. Most of the jokes seem to have been written by O'Donoghue at three a.m. while coked out in a room with only a typewriter. (Am I far from the truth? I'm not up on my SNL trivia.)

Watch this video as a lesson on how to take what is potentially hilarous and cut it off at the knees. It also stands out as a document that testifies to a very empty and decadent niche in our cultural history.

In short, it stinks on so many levels.


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