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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 1977 (USA)
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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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This movie is totally out of control!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean

Release Date:

10 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Yen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,000,000, 31 December 1977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1978
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Company Credits

Production Co:

KFM Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The French title of The Kentucky Fried Movie translates literally into English as "The Hamburger Movie". The French title of its sequel, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), translates into English as "The Cheeseburger Movie". See more »

Goofs

During the "Fistful of Yen" sequence, the tour guide mentions that the tanks containing the chemicals for germ warfare can each hold "4000 cubic liters". The liter is already a unit of volume, so the phrase "cubic liters" doesn't really mean anything. See more »

Quotes

[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

A version aired on Comedy Central (and perhaps on other channels) features a small variety of edits:
  • The 'Cleopatra Schwartz' sequence is censored heavily for language and nudity
  • During the closing sequence (where the teenagers are having sex on the couch, and the news crew is watching), the camera zoom is altered several times so that nothing but the teens' faces show. The zooms are awkward, and blatantly added.
  • The entirety of the 'Catholic School Girls In Trouble' scene is missing. It is listed in the credits, however.
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Connections

Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Fanfare 1-6
(uncredited)
Music by Neil Richardson
KPM Music Ltd
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User Reviews

 
Well Fried
28 October 2005 | by Filmcritic624See all my reviews

Though this movie has absolutely nothing to it, its considered a great movie on my part.

Not only did this movie make me burst a gut, but its a great satire of, well, everything. It's the remedy to any tear-jerker and also a great movie to watch when there's, "just nothing on that night", sit through it, have some laughs, and enjoy it. There's nothing better to it.

Of course, the main skit, "A fistful of yen" was absolute genius. The moves, and the way they were all made, was absolute prodegetic. I praise David and Jerry Zucker for this, and again, John Landis continues to make great movies. This, for one, is probably in his best other than "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers".

Serve up the chicken, because this movie is going to eat your heart out!


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