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The Gong Show Movie (1980)

R | | Comedy | 23 May 1980 (USA)
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
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Himself
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
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The Unknown Comic
Melvin Presar ...
Himself
Steve Garvey ...
Himself
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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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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »
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23 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espectáculo más loco loco del mundo  »

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$1,476,425 (USA) (26 May 1980)

Gross:

$6,621,520 (USA)
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Trivia

During the breakup scene there is a blurry newspaper on the wall that says, "GONG MOVIE SMASH HIT, BARRIS NEXT FELLINI." See more »

Quotes

Chuck Barris: How did you find me?
Buddy Didlo: Chuck, you're a world famous celebrity. Trying to find you is like trying to find a camel in a haystack.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Sometimes It Just Don't Pay to Get Up
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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