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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

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


John Landis





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 ... 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")


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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This movie is totally out of control!




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Tony Dow: As Wally in the "Courtroom" segment. See more »


When Paul Burmaster interviews Claude Lamont, the gag is that the roving boom mic picks up sounds that it otherwise wouldn't (heart beats and the like). But while the moving mic picks up these other noises, the voice levels of the actors do not vary. We know that within the sketch they are not otherwise miked because when the mic goes into the water pitcher their voices gurgle. See more »


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

Before the credits start, there is a short bit with the TV anchorman saying "The popcorn you're eating has been pissed in, film at eleven". For the TV version, this is replaced with "I'm not wearing any pants, film at 11" 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 »


References Behind the Green Door (1972) See more »


Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by David Zucker
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The DVD of "Kentucky Fried Movie" Outshines "Airplane!"
24 January 2004 | by jberlin11797See all my reviews

In our millenial DVD culture, we demand plenty of extras and insights. "Kentucky Fried Movie," the little movie that could, delivers it. Regrettably, its successor "Airplane!" didn't. Both movies were made by the famous comedy moviemakers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, best known as ZAZ. "Kentucky Fried Movie," or KFM as it is known, was directed by John Landis, who went to big projects as "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers." As a small movie, KFM would pave the way for the filmmakers successes. But in DVD terms, KFM did a much better job than "Airplane!" with extras aplenty. "Airplane!" only had a trailer and ZAZ's mediocre commentary track, which ZAZ did much better in KFM. As for KFM's extras, they included a hilarious 8-minute home movie which ZAZ proved to their relatives they were making a real movie in Hollywood, a clear-cut photo gallery, bios of ZAZ and John Landis, and the best commentary track they have done so far.

As for KFM, what makes this small movie so special? Although much of the movie is done tastelessly, it is fun tastelessness that everyone in it is enjoying it. There is a lot of nudity and foul language, but it had it's heart in the right place. And as for the cast, there are mostly unknown actors, and many of them are quite attractive and talented, with cameos by more famous actors such as the late Bill Bixby in a headache sketch, Donald Sutherland as a clumsy waiter in a sketch spoofing disaster movies, and "Leave it to Beaver" stars Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow kidding themselves as bickering brother jurors in the courtroom sketch.

This movie, I think, is the best spoof of pop culture I've ever seen, outdoing its predecessor "The Groove Tube," made 3years earlier than KFM and featuring bits by a then-unknown and pre-Saturday Night Live Chevy Chase. One of my favorite skits are "A.M. Today" with a gorilla rampaging the studio, scaring off everyone, while a calm anchorwoman (played by the lovely little-known actress Janice Kent)continues her duties of reporting the news. Another favorite is"Sex Records," with a black couple being instructed on lovemaking by a record until the woman is whisked away by a black muscleman, Yet another favorite is "Feel-A-Round," where a theatre usher listens to the dialogue of a movie, gets out his props to feel a movie goer, even scaring him with a knife when the actress announces she'll cut up her lover with a knife. Then there is the final skit where a newsman from TV has the power to peer into the living room of a young couple having sex, and his crew (well-played by ZAZ themselves) leer on. But the best sketch of all is "A Fistful of Yen," a 17-minute takeoff of Bruce Lee Movies featuring a lisping Karate champ fighting against the master despot Dr. Klahn, who wants to take over the world, and ends with the Hero in Dorothy drag spoofing "The Wizard of Oz."

If you like your DVDs, and of a low-budget movie, KFM delivers the goods. Hopefully, there will be a special edition of "Airplane!" in the future for fans of that movie who were disappointed in the DVD treatment of that great classic , but let's not hold our breaths. But for ZAZ fans, KFM was the best DVD work they have done so far, and it's a special edition in its own right, outshining and outselling "Airplane!" by a substantial margin.

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English | Korean

Release Date:

4 November 1978 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Yen See more »


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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