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The Chicken Chronicles (1977)

PG | | Comedy | October 1977 (USA)
A high school senior tries to score with Margaret.


Frank Simon (as Francis Simon)


Paul Diamond (screenplay), Paul Diamond (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Silvers ... Max Ober
Ed Lauter ... Mr. Nastase
Steve Guttenberg ... David Kessler (as Steven Guttenberg)
Lisa Reeves Lisa Reeves ... Margaret
Meridith Baer Meridith Baer ... Tracy
Branscombe Richmond ... Mark
Will Seltzer Will Seltzer ... Weinstein
Kutee Kutee ... Maddy
Gino Baffa Gino Baffa ... Charlie
Robert Resnick Robert Resnick ... Stuart
Joseph G. Medalis Joseph G. Medalis ... Mr. Phinney (as Joe Medalis)
Robin T. Williams Robin T. Williams ... Vanessa
Clark Brandon ... Lee
Jon Gries ... Tom (as Jonathon Gries)
John Starr John Starr ... Saul


A high school senior tries to score with Margaret.

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Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crônicas Colegiais See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chicken Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Writer Paul Diamond absolutely swears that the title was a tribute to Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles". See more »

Alternate Versions

Due to music licensing disputes, the home video version of this film differs slightly from the theatrical and cable television editions. See more »


Going Up The Country
Written by Alan Wilson
Performed by Canned Heat
Courtesy of United Artists Records
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"You could be a student leader!" ... "Lead them where?!"
11 July 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

In 1969, a 12th grade student from a wealthy, absentee family in Hollywood--a rebel on the staff of the school paper and a goof-off at his job in a chicken restaurant--is frustrated at his lack of progress with the girls (a survey that proclaims "87% of all 12th grade boys admit to being sexually active" clearly doesn't apply to our frustrated hero). Screenwriter Paul Diamond, adapting his novel, facetiously drops hints about the Viet Cong, President Nixon, Ingmar Bergman and "Rosemary's Baby" in an attempt (I guess) to situate his story in a particular era, yet director Francis Simon fails to accentuate the film with any nostalgic flair--the majority of it looks like 1977, and sounds like it as well. In the lead, Steve Guttenberg (who gets an 'introducing' credit) is a handsome, muscular, ingratiating fellow with a boyish voice and a slightly-stupefied look. He's full of youthful energy and breezes through the movie effortlessly, yet he doesn't leave any footprints behind him. As a vehicle for newcomers and veterans, these "Chronicles" are certainly lacking, what with Ed Lauter doing his granite-jawed thing as the school's vice principal and top-billed (!) Phil Silvers overacting as Guttenberg's boss, shouting as if he were performing in front of a live audience. *1/2 from ****

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