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Tunnel Vision (1976)

A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network examines a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs, you name it. What they discover will surely ... See full summary »

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Neal Israel, Bradley R. Swirnoff (as Brad Swirnoff)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Proctor ... Christian A. Broder
Howard Hesseman ... Senator McMannus
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Senator Polanski (as Dan Barrows)
Stephen Feinberg Stephen Feinberg ... Proctologist
Ron Silver ... Dr. Manuel Labor
Roberta Kent Roberta Kent ... Mrs. Betty Purvis
Edwina Gough Edwina Gough ... Melanie Edwards (as Edwina Anderson)
Ernie Anderson ... Quant O'Neill / Subway Reporter / Announcer
James Bacon James Bacon ... Gene Scallion
Kurt Andon ... Man at breakfast / Doctor
Lorry Goldman Lorry Goldman ... Pierre Skooché / Son
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Marie (as Lynn Marie Stewart)
Gerrit Graham ... Freddie (as Gerritt Graham)
Pamela Toll Pamela Toll ... Street Attendant
Gene Pistilli Gene Pistilli ... Dying Man
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Storyline

A committee investigating TV's first uncensored network examines a typical day's programming, which includes shows, commercials, news programs, you name it. What they discover will surely crack you up! This outrageous and irreverent spoof of television launched the careers of some of the greatest comedians of all time. Written by Clint Weiler

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Laugh or get off the pot. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1982 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pregnant Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

International Harmony See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

While the film was conceived partly as a satire of conservative cultural "guardians" and their prudish and narrow-minded views, it was also inspired by the emergence of cable television, which they felt would someday allow for adult-oriented programs to be seen more widely regardless of what happened on major broadcast networks. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the APCD segment, the actress says "breath" but the screen text says "death". See more »

Quotes

Tom: Well, don't worry about your breath or your armpits, Al. It's your personality that stinks.
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Alternate Versions

The earlier release on Media in 1978 uses an exceedingly scratchy print and has two segments missing that are viewable on the later Harmonyvision release. They are, respectively, a proctology TV ad (that appears just after the Midas Touch Cleaning Fluid ad) and the "Convert. The Church Is Changing" spot, which appears towards the film's end (right after the Dinner Bars commercial). The latter spot features a woman, dressed as a priest, stripping in front of a church window. The former features a line of bare men's bottoms. It isn't clear why these scenes are missing (the film is still pretty explicit without them), but both are entact on the later Harmonyvision release, which also boasts a much-better source print. See more »

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Spoofs The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) See more »

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Tunnelvision
Written by Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter
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Not quite Network
3 April 2003 | by drosse67See all my reviews

1976 saw the release of this movie and the Oscar-winning classic Network. There really is no argument as to which is the better film, but the idea of American viewers becoming glued to their TV sets because of an "anything goes" TV station doesn't seem too far-fetched today. Of the skit comedies of the '70s (Kentucky Fried Movie and Groove Tube being the others), this is the weakest. But it has some moments. The competing California candidates is a funny running gag, but the French chef is definitely not and unfortunately shows up throughout the movie. If you want to compare the success of these three films, you can use the filmmakers' later work as a gauge: The makers of Kentucky Fried Movie went on to Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Airplane, Police Squad and Top Secret. The makers of The Groove Tube went on to Modern Problems (and Richard Belzer went on to radio). The makers of Tunnel Vision went on to Bachelor Party and Moving Violations. You do the math.


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