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The Gong Show Movie (1980)

 -  Comedy  -  23 May 1980 (USA)
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A week in the life of "The Gong Show" host and creator Chuck Barris who lives through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown and other comical ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Altman ...
Red
Chuck Barris ...
Brian O'Mullin ...
Bum
Jack Bernardi ...
Violin Player (Elderly Man)
Satisfaction ...
Singing Group
William Tregoe ...
Winking Man
Harvey Alpert ...
Trumpet Man
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Mabel
Lillie Shelton ...
Mabel's Mama
James B. Douglas ...
Buddy Didlo
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Man in Steam Room
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Man in Locker Room
Murray Langston ...
The Unknown Comic
Melvin Presar ...
'In the Mood' Chicken Dancer
Steve Garvey ...
Stve Garvey - Baseball Player
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A week in the life of "The Gong Show" host and creator Chuck Barris who lives through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown and other comical characters involved in his life and work on the TV show. Written by Anonymous

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The Gong Show that was gonged by the censor. See more »

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23 May 1980 (USA)  »

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El espectáculo más loco loco del mundo  »

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The footage of Jaye P. Morgan flashing her breasts was taken from an actual "Gong Show" taping, from which it had been deleted for obvious reasons. See more »

Quotes

Father Ed: Today I'd like to pose a Biblical question. Is there reincarnation after death, and if there is, does the individual return in a higher or lower state than he or she held in his or her mortal life?
Chuck Barris: Ooh, that's an interesting question, Father Ed. What is, uh, what is the answer to that question?
Father Ed: Beats the shit out of me.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Why Me Oh Lord
Words & Music by Chuck Barris
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Grand carnivalesque fun for fans of the bizarre
24 May 2000 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

A much underrated (and sadly, widely unavailable) film about an egomaniacal talent show host starring the co-writer and director of the film who also just happened to be the host of the real Gong Show. Although at times self-indulgent (the film ends with most of the Gong Show regulars trying to woo Barris out of the desert), the film is on the whole truly bizarre and should appeal to fans of "out" cinema of the 60's and early 70's. No surprise, then, that the film was co-written by underground legend Robert Downey Sr. whose presence is strongly felt; fans of his work should not be taken aback by Barris's role in the spotlight as Downey clearly had some significant input here. Don't miss it if opportunity arises, and what with Spike Jonze working on a Barris related project, hopefully opportunity will be more available soon.


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