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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

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A series of short, highly irreverent, and often tasteless skits.

Director:

John Landis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Joi ... Cleopatra Schwartz (segment "Cleopatra Schwartz")
Saul Kahan Saul Kahan ... Schwartz (segment "Cleopatra Schwartz")
David Zucker ... Man (segment "His New Car") / Technician #2 (segment "Eyewitness News") / Grunwald (segment "Courtroom")
Marcy Goldman ... Housewife (segment "Household Odors")
Dulcie Jordan Dulcie Jordan ... Guest #1 (segment "Household Odors")
Gracia Lee Gracia Lee ... Guest #2 (segment "Household Odors")
Sheila Rogers Sheila Rogers ... Guest #3 (segment "Household Odors")
Joseph G. Medalis Joseph G. Medalis ... Paul Burmaster (segment "High Adventure") (as Joe Medalis)
Barry Dennen ... Claude LaMont (segment "High Adventure")
Colin Male Colin Male ... Spokesman (segment "Argon") / Voice Overs
Ed Griffith Ed Griffith ... Host (segment "Danger Seekers")
Robert Starr ... Rex Kramer (segment "Danger Seekers")
Richard Gates ... Boy (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Rick Gates)
Tara Strohmeier ... Girl (segment "Eyewitness News") (as Tara Strohmeir)
Neil Thompson Neil Thompson ... Newscaster (segment "Eyewitness News")
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Storyline

Madcap spoof, a collection of comedy skits includes the Kung-Fu parody, "A Fistful Of Yen" and "Catholic School Girls In Trouble." Enjoy the future of movie-going with the "Feel-A-Round" theater experience. See a notable and highly respected actor as the clumsiest waiter in motion picture history. Watch such character as Cleopatra Schwartz and Big Jim Slade tickle your funny bone until it has to be removed surgically! Written by Edwin van Oorschot <info@edwinvanoorschot.nl>

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Taglines:

This movie is totally out of control!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

4 November 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Yen See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was divided into a series of skits, and the credits were divided up based on the actor's appearances within the different skits. For marketing, the film's headlining stars were officially recorded as George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, and Donald Sutherland, in that order. See more »

Goofs

In the Fist Full of Yen segment (00:51:42), as the prisoners are escaping to battle Klahn's army, on the wall to the right, you can clearly see the shadow of one of the crew directing the prisoners out of the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newscaster: The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in. Film at eleven.
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Crazy Credits

The credits state that the cast is listed in order of appearance - and then starts with Cleopatra Schwarz (who appears about 2/3rds of the way through the film)! See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 10 secs due to BBFC regulations on Martial Arts weapons and removed shots of nunchakus from the elevator scene in the "Fistful Of Yens" sequence. The initial Arrow DVD featured the same print though the widescreen Prism release was fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Solyanka po-Piterski (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Carioca
(uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Edward Eliscu
Performed by Jo Stafford (as Darlene Edwards) with Paul Weston on piano (as Jonathan Edwards)
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A generally "sweet" comedy
14 March 2003 | by a_burkeSee all my reviews

Unlike many similar movies in this genre from the 70s, Kentucky Fried Movie is generally comprised of vignettes that do not simply resort to mean-spirited and base jokes, such as those about bodily emanations and racial or ethnic stereotyping. Rather, the skits tend to have an almost "sweet" tone about them. They employ humor and gags not intended to offend, though they might, if handled by other writers, as the content can be pretty darned provocative.

Coming from me, this should mean a lot. My very own mother is depicted in the most-memorable "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble" segment: "Mrs. Burke" -- from the 1968 POST Grape-Nuts commercial -- played here by Gwen Van Dam. (You can see the real "Mrs. Burke" at the Burke Family Grape-Nuts Archives)

As the son of a most virtuous Catholic mother, herself quite unlike the character in this film, I might easily be offended. Yet, in this case, I feel honored to see my mom's name roll in the credits of this clever flick.

Many of the skits are excellent. The much praised piece, "A Fistful of Yen" (the spoof on Bruce Lee's classic "Enter the Dragon"), is so well done, it truly merits the distinction, "a must see."

I would certainly recommend this film to any adult who is not likely to be offended by nudity and sexual themes. It's a lot of fun!

Adam Burke


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