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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
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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Jane Curtin: When my date blows his nose in his handkerchief and then looks at it, I can't say no.
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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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Spoofs Mondo cane (1962) See more »

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The Haunting Theme From Mondo Video
Written by Michael O'Donoghue and Emily Prager
Sung by Julius LaRosa
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I'm sure it sounded good when planned
26 November 2006 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

It is a real shame that nearly no one under 30 knows the "over the top" writing of Michael O'Donoghugh- magazine articles and SNL skits that were genius for the time...and so it is a true shame that anyone who may take the opportunity to research his work will no doubt take the easy way out and watch videos- thus leading them to MR MIKES MONDO VIDEO.

This movie has clever elements that never fully connect to the funny bone. The viewer experiences such things as cat diving/swimming with the man who thinks he's found feline happiness by hurling these kittens into a pool which the camera follows in slow motion and montage sequence. Then we are taken to an island to where all past fads are retired (hula hops, pet rocks, rainbow dread wigs etc.) Then we enter the music world (punk was a new variety of music at the time of this film) where "D" rate bar performer Rootboy Slim performs "boogie till you puke" in his own lazy style of dirt and eclectic sleaze. Now the real beauty of all this is the back ground music. In many different styles with many different instruments the sound of TELSTAR plays and replays- for those who don't understand Telstar was the first American Satellite launched into space and the theme was created to celebrate mans genius and triumph. MR MIKES seems to have been meant as a signal of societal decay ridiculous wastes. Now one thing the theater offered that the video release does not was a live performance of Sid Vicious (ex sex pistol not the wrestler) singing MY WAY. His version is very different than Sinatras as one might imagine but frankly I feel it is very much worth the listen...it's good! That is the sad part- in the VHS release Paul Anka refuses the rights of his song and the viewer is forced to experience 3 1/2 minutes of silence with an explanation rolling across the image of the singing dead sex pistol.

I would give the theater release a 5 or 6 the video is closer to a 4 and now that so much is passé I can see where many people would give it a 3 or 2.5. If you want to see a good O'Donoghugh script watch SCROOGED...it is a better tribute to the mans insight and talent.


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