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Deathrow Gameshow (1987)

R | | Comedy | 4 December 1987 (USA)
Chuck Toedan's the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes ... See full summary »

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Chuck Toedan
Robyn Blythe ...
Gloria Sternvirgin
Beano ...
Luigi Pappalardo
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Trudy
Mark Lasky ...
Mama Pappalardo / Spumoni
Bill Whitehead ...
Kent Butler ...
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Shanna Shallow
Paul Farbman ...
Dinko
David Martinson ...
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Felicia Cavazos ...
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Esther Elise ...
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Jim Bruce ...
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Zachary Harris ...
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Paul Bruno ...
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Chuck Toedan's the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes for their next of kin. Not surprisingly, Chuck has made more than a few enemies, from outraged viewers trying to ban his show, to families of losing contestants looking for revenge. A hitman hired by one such family has shown up at Chuck's office, and he'll need to enlist the help of his most outspoken critic to keep from ending up like most of his contestants. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Chuck Toedan Wants You ... To Die Laughing! See more »

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4 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Death Game  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Crossing Guard: Hey, aren't you? You are! You're the host of that sick, twisted, morally fucked up tv show!
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The producers wish to thank everyone who bothered to stick around and read all these credits, it was very nice of you. Now go home goddamn it! See more »

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References Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) See more »

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Deathrow Gameshow
Words and Music by Mark Pirro, Gregg Gross and Joyce Mordoh
Performed by Joyce Mordoh
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A crowning glory - the worst film to come from Crown International Pictures?
21 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Strangely, this cheapo effort from Crown International Pictures seems to have got plenty of air time on UK TV channels over the years. I remember when Bravo used to show it all the time at the turn of the millennium, and now Talking Pictures TV have picked it up as part of their Crown package. I guess the title is what sells it, but the film doesn't match.

Whichever way you look at it, this has to be the worst Crown picture of all, and they made a lot of dross over the years. DEATHROW GAMESHOW paints picture of a mildly futuristic society in which the masses turn in to see contestants in life-or-death games. THE RUNNING MAN is clearly the film that's being ripped off here, but it's not even close to the quality of that cheesy Schwarzenegger action flick.

Instead DEATHROW GAMESHOW is a bore, devoid of laughs and incident. A number of prisoners take part in tasks they can't possibly win, and then the deaths are usually cut away from. This is bargain basement stuff, with appallingly over the top acting and not one ounce of wit in the script stakes. Yes, there's a little obvious satire, but when most of the laughs come from reaction shots of a fat guy eating spaghetti or the crude name-calling of the host then you know you're in trouble. This really is hopeless and I can think of few films worse or indeed less funny.


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