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 ... 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>

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This movie is totally out of control!

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

This was the second consecutive John Landis movie to feature a gorilla. One had been in Landis' first film, Schlock (1973). See more »

Goofs

In the courtroom scene, the car was said to have been in the northbound lanes of U.S. highway 30, which actually runs east-to-west overall. However it does not run in a straight line, and some portions (the largest being about 40 miles paralleling the Columbia River in Oregon) do run north-south. 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 Take One: Fear on Film (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Soft Memories
(uncredited)
Music by James Kenelm Clarke
KPM Music Ltd
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Their First is Still Their Best
18 January 1999 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Countless Airplane and Police Squad and Hot Shots movies later, Kentucky Fried Movie is still the best Abrahams/Zucker collaboration. Rather then try to put a bunch of mini-parodies into a single overarcing theme like an airplane disaster flick, they just do...a bunch of parodies, each on its own. It seems like the "skit" movie is dead and long gone now, which is a shame, because I wouldn't mind seeing them take another shot at it. It's probably just as well they can't, though - some things just stand on their own.


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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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