Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Poster


The picture had five directors most of whom directed about half a dozen segments each.
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Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Horton, who play the couple in the "Hospital" sketch, were married in real life at the time the movie was made.
The "Pethouse Video" segment was filmed twice. Actress Monique Gabrielle is seen fully naked for the theatrical version for cinemas and released on DVD and home-video but is wearing lingerie for the television release.
The "release date" for the Amazon Women on the Moon movie in the segment of the same name keeps changing. "We now return to our feature film, the 1950s classic, Amazon Women on the Moon..." says some of the dialogue. The movie within this movie is dated in the film as being both a 1953 and 1954 release. The picture that it is based on, Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), was first released in 1953. At one point in Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), the film segment of the same title is referred to in a voice-over as "Amazon Women of the Moon", using the word "of" instead of "on", as with the title of its source Cat-Women of the Moon (1953).
In the "Reckless Youth" segment, the Doctor has the test results for 'Mary Brown' on a clipboard. A closer look at the clipboard shows that it's actually a music score.
John Landis originally approached Al Franken and Tom Davis, who had previously starred in Landis' Trading Places (1983), with the idea for a segment comedy in the likes of The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972). He assigned them to write a script. After his bad response towards their first ideas Franken and Davis pulled back from the project and took their material with them (with the original title being "Shameless"). Landis moved on to realize his vision in "Amazon Women on the Moon".
Three segments which were deleted from the theatrical print have been reinserted in their entirety into television versions and included on the DVD's deleted scenes. The three segments are (1) "Peter Pan Theater" (Carl Gottlieb) (2) "The Unknown Soldier" (Peter Horton) and (3) "The French Ventiloquist's Dummy" (Joe Dante).
The names in the "Titan Man" sketch (George Bailey, Violet and Mr. Gower) are taken from It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
The movie was filmed in 1985 but was not released theatrically until 1987. According to the '80's Movies Rewind' website, the picture was completed in 1986 but was not released in theaters for another year. It has been speculated that the reason for this was the court case that presenter and co-director John Landis was involved with relating to Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).
Non-star billing for the movie's players during the beginning titles and on movie posters stated that the film starred "lots of actors" (in the opening credits) and "lots of other actors" (in the film posters).
The movie's main and longest segment, "Amazon Women on the Moon", was a spoof of Cat-Women of the Moon (1953) which had been made and released about thirty-four years earlier in 1953.
There are numerous references to The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), also directed by John Landis.
During the "Video Pirates" segment, inside the treasure chest, there is a videotape of "Reckless Youth," which is the final segment of the movie.
In the film within a film, "Amazon Women on the Moon," which is supposedly occurring in 1980 but made in the 1950s, Butch continually refers to things which have been long gone as though they are still around. The Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field, and a Studebaker are just a few examples. There is also a reference to the 48 U.S. states, when in actuality there have been 50 states since 1959.
The title card in Frankel & Herbert's review of "Frat Slobs," is actually from Animal House (1978)
The name of the television station during the "Amazon Women on the Moon" sketch (WIDB) is the name of a student-run radio station at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, from which the film's director and producer Robert K. Weiss is a graduate.
Scenes featuring two veteran character actors, Lyle Talbot and Dan Seymour, were cut from the finished film. Seymour played Dr. Muggs McGinty, a seedy racetrack doctor who treats Mary Brown in the "Reckless Youth" segment, and Talbot appeared as Prescott Townsend, head of the "American Space Association" in the "Amazon Women On the Moon" segment. Talbot's deleted scene is included in the Special Features on the movie's Collector's Edition DVD.
The name of producer Samuel L. Bronkowitz is a spoof of the name of Hollywood producers Samuel Z. Arkoff and Samuel Bronston'.
The pair of critics, "Frankel and Herbert", in the segment "Critics' Corner", were played by a comedy team who also had a two-last-names stage name, "Lohman and Barkley", who were the real life comedy duo of Al Lohman and Roger Barkley.
A number of the cast have worked with presenter and co-director John Landis on other films. These include Ralph Bellamy (Trading Places (1983)), Arsenio Hall (Coming to America (1988)), Michelle Pfeiffer (Into the Night (1985)), Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter (the latter of whom appears in a deleted scene which has been included in TV prints; both An American Werewolf in London (1981)) and B.B. King (Spies Like Us (1985), Into the Night (1985) and Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)).
Co-directors Joe Dante and John Landis had both about four years earlier previously directed segments in another anthology movie which had been 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).
Debut film as a director for one of the movie's five co-directors Robert K. Weiss who produced both this movie and its predecessor The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977). Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) is the first, final and only ever cinema movie where Weiss has acted as a director.
The Ripley's Believe It or Not! (1981) like title of the segment "Bullshit or Not" was a title which parodied Ripley's Believe It or Not! (1982) but in reality was more specifically a spoof of Leonard Nimoy's In Search of... (1976) featuring opening titles predominantly the same as one of that series' episodes.
All the real-life movies seen in the treasure trove of home video-cassettes in the "Video Pirates" segments were titles from the Universal Pictures studio who were not ironically this picture's production house.
Of the handful of cinema movie compilation comedies made during the 1970s and 1980s, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) was the only one which had a movie title the same as one of its segment's titles.
Actor-comedian Howard Hesseman had appeared such other compilation comedies as Coming Attractions (1978) and Tunnel Vision (1976).
The "Bullshit Or Not?" segment was retitled "Baloney Or Not?" for the American television version.
The literal English translation of the French title of this Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) translates as "The Cheeseburger Movie" or "Cheeseburger Film Sandwich", whereas the literal English translation of the French title for this film's precursor, The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), translates as being "The Hamburger Movie" or "Hamburger Film Sandwich".
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The film-within-the film segment also includes large portions of the stock music cues most recognizably used in Night of the Living Dead (1968), as well as a lengthy Edward Ward cue from the 1943 Phantom of the Opera (1943).
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The names of the movies reviewed during Herbert and Frankels' "Critics' Corner" segment were "Frat Slobs", "Harvey Pitnik" and "Winter of my Despondency".
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This movie, the one and only ever sequel [to date, August 2013], to The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), was made and released in 1987, which was about ten years after The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) had debuted in 1977. This sequel's title did not evoke the title of the first movie, though one of its working titles did, it being "The Kentucky Fried Sequel".
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The "Amazon Women on the Moon" segment is credited as being produced by Samuel L. Bronkowitz who also receives a special thanks credit. The name is a joke fictitious name which was referenced considerably in the earlier film The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977).
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The four boxes next to the television in the segment "Video Date" are the Atari 2600 video games Starmaster (1982), Stampede (1981), River Raid, and Kaboom! (1981) published by Activision.
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The name "Don 'No Soul' Simmons" keeps popping up.
The promotional tagline for Silly Pâté in the "Silly Pâté" segment said: "Tastes Great . . . Bounces High!".
The name of the Titan Condoms mascot in the "Titan Man" segment was "Bip".
The movie featured a segment called the "Son of the Invisible Man". Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) was released in 1987 just about five years before The Invisible Man (1933) comedic remake Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) debuted in 1992. The similarity about these two modern versions was that they, unlike the original serious "Invisible Man" films, were both comedies. However, there still had been earlier "Invisble Man" spoofs made before, with such movies as 1972's Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) and 1951's Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951).
The screen-writers of this movie's precursor The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams' and David Zucker, did not work on this sequel.
The movie's presenter and co-director John Landis directed the precursor film, The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), which this movie is a sequel to.


Russ Meyer:  The cult director as a video salesman in the "Video Date" segment.
Ira Newborn:  The composer as Fred in the "Silly Pâté" segment.
Forrest J Ackerman:  The editor as the U.S. President in the "Amazon Women on the Moon" segment.
Henry Silva:  As himself, the host of the "Bullshit or Not" segment.

Director Trademark 

John Landis:  [SYNW]  In the "Video Pirates" segment, two of the video cassettes in the treasure chest are labeled "See You Next Wednesday".

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