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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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(All the stuff Chuck Barris had to keep under his hat until now!) 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 gag where Barris tries to help a woman being abused by her husband, only to be assaulted by the woman and the husband, was originally done by Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality (1923). 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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Those were the days
27 February 2006 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I used to hurry home from school every afternoon in time for The Gong Show, which even my mother would watch instead of whatever soap opera was airing on the other channel. This erratic big screen version of the show captures its anarchic appeal, and whilst the 'story' is less than interesting, the uncensored material from the show itself is priceless. There's also one truly brilliant moment in the framing sequences: toward the end of the film, the cast pursue a harried Chuck to the Sahara Desert and serenade him with a marvelous song called Don't Get Up For Me--one of several songs penned by Barris for the film. It's well past time for the original series to be resurrected on DVD, and it's something of a surprise that this spin-off has been unavailable on home video all these years. A nostalgic treat for those in the 35-55 demographic, The Gong Show Movie may not be high art, but it will certainly leave you laughing.


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