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Original titles for the film included "Free Popcorn" and "Closed for Remodeling". Presumably both of them were rejected for the confusion they would cause when printed on a theater marquee.
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In the "Fistful of Yen" sketch, when Loo first meets Dr. Klahn, the Chinese characters start speaking in Korean. Klahn says "Sorry to Korean fans that we're talking random things in Korean, but someone asked me to speak in Korean, so I just have to."
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The gorilla, Dino, is played by Special Effects Make-up Artist Rick Baker, wearing the prototype design he made to audition for King Kong (1976).
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When Michael Jackson selected John Landis to direct Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983), the only Landis works he had seen were An American Werewolf in London (1981) and this movie.
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David Letterman auditioned for the role of the newscaster.
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Time Magazine said that the directors did a masterful job of dubbing Dr. Klahn (Bong Soo Han) (in Fistful of Yen), even though they used his actual dialogue.
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The scene in the "Catholic High School Girls In Trouble" trailer, in which the young man says, "Mrs. Burke! I thought you were Dale", to the woman, with whom he's sleeping, is a reference to an old Grape Nuts breakfast cereal commercial, in which a man mistakes his girlfriend's mother for his girlfriend.
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The opening prologue of the film's "On-Set Home Video" featured on the DVD's special features states: "The following 8mm home movies were shot on the sets of The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) by David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, to send home to their parents to prove they were working in Hollywood."
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Nearly all the extras, and many of the actors in the "Fistful of Yen" sketch, were recruited from nearby martial arts gyms.
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Because of the low budget and poor funding, the movie was shot with a variety of different cameras at any locations that were available, using actors willing to work for nearly-nothing paychecks. Likewise, in order to offset the potential of the few investors pulling out due to objectionable material, the less-offensive portions were filmed first, saving the raunchy stuff for last (or just plain keeping it hidden until the last minute). The end credits (proclaiming "in order of appearance" and then beginning with cast members introduced two thirds of the way into the movie) are actually the order in which the skits were supposed to appear; the makers ran out of money and couldn't afford to create new ones.
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David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker shopped the movie around to the Hollywood studios. They all refused, saying "audiences didn't like movies composed of sketches."
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The nunchaku scene in "Fistful of Yen" was originally cut from the UK release, because nunchaku are illegal weapons in Britain and Ireland. Authorities only recently loosened restrictions on displaying them on television, and in film.
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Sir Christopher Lee was offered a role, but turned it down, due to the character's resemblance to Fu Manchu.
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This was the movie that led to John Landis to be hired to direct National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978).
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The exterior shots of Dr. Klahn's lair were filmed at Yamashiro, a Japanese restaurant in Hollywood, California.
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Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers were approached about reprising their respective roles as Wally and Beaver (from Leave It to Beaver (1957)) for the courtroom sketch. Mathers declined.
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Many interior shots were actually filmed outside, to reduce lighting and crew costs.
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Breakthrough film of Director John Landis and Screenwriters (and later directors) David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker.
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The film featured Second City Canadian alumni, and former members of The Groundlings Theater.
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Auditions for the film took place at The Kentucky Fried Theater.
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The budget of the film was six hundred fifty thousand dollars, which was low, even for 1977.
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The movie is ranked at the No. #87 spot on Bravo's top "100 Funniest Movies" list.
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DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (John Landis): (See You Next Wednesday): This is the name of the film which is being shown in "Feel-A-Rama". The "See You Next Wednesday" wording is a recurring in-joke phrase that has appeared in several John Landis movies.
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A large slogan saying "FRYING HIGH!" confusingly suggested that this was the film's title on some of this film's Australian movie posters.
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The "Courtroom" sequence is in black-and-white in the actual movie, but the clips from it in the original trailer are in color.
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DIRECTOR CAMEO (John Landis): As the man fighting with the gorilla.
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When Big Jim Slade bursts into the bedroom near the end of the "Sex Record" segment, the soundtrack plays "Hevenu Shalom Aleichem", a Hebrew song used in the welcoming of people. The soundtrack is literally welcoming Big Jim into the film.
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The scene in the "Feel-a-Rama" theater was filmed with only one camera, which made dubbing and matching lines with dialogue very difficult, especially because the film was shot on a low budget.
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Debut produced screenplay, individually, and as a team of three, for Screenwriters David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker.
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The name of porn actress Linda Chambers, who is seen in the trailer for "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble," was an amalgam of '70s adult film stars Linda Lovelace and Marilyn Chambers.
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The name of Producer Samuel L. Bronkowitz, whose name features in several movie segments, was a spoof of the name of Hollywood producers Samuel Z. Arkoff and Samuel Bronston. Both were still working when this picture came out, Bronston was producing Brigham (1977).
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One of the movie's main trailers features a dinner setting where a gigantic cooked bird is being served, either a turkey or a large chicken, thereby directly referencing Kentucky Fried Chicken. 1970s style KFC cardboard packaging can been seen in one of the film's actual skits.
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The on-set home video extra on the DVD was filmed by co-Screenwriter Jerry Zucker, during the making of the movie.
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An edited PG-rated version of this movie was later released on a double bill with a similarly cut-down The Groove Tube (1974).
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The film's original main movie poster featured a mash-up of a number of colorful icons and images. These included (1) A casual sneakers shoe with a KFM (Kentucky Fried Movie) logo (2) A rocket jet propulsion cylinder (3) A poking upwards red tongue (4) The Statue of Liberty (5) A pair of dancing girls legs and (6) American flag stars, but without the stripes, on the film's title logo.
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Debut film as a Producer for Robert K. Weiss. This movie's sequel, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), was the debut film as a Director for Weiss, one of that movie's five co-Directors, who also produced both that movie and its precursor, this film. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) was the only film directed by Weiss.
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The movie showing in the "Feel-a-Rama" sketch was titled "See You Next Wednesday", which is a joke phrase that features subtly in several movies by John Landis.
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Some of the movies shown in the film, such as "A Fistful of Yen" and "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble", are produced by fictitious Producer Samuel L. Bronkowitz, who is not ever seen in this movie. But an actor, portraying Samuel L. Bronkowitz, does host one of this film's trailers, presenting The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) to audiences.
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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".
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The movie got re-issued in the U.S., on a double-bill with the Billy Crystal comedy Rabbit Test (1978).
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A character named "Rex Kramer" is also featured in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker film, Airplane (1980), played by Robert Stack. Both characters are similarly fearless.
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The scene in "A Fistful of Yen", in which, after Loo and Ada Gronick have talked about bribing Dr. Klahn's guards, Loo spots one of the microphones with which Dr. Klahn has bugged their room, grabs it and says, "But it would be wrong", is a reference to the White House Watergate tape of March 21, 1973, in which President Nixon was confronted with E. Howard Hunt's demand for hush money, and he insisted that the money be paid, but then said, "It would be wrong, that's for sure." Nixon's defenders seized on that line to say he was against the cover-up, even though the full context showed Nixon only thought it would be strategically, not morally, wrong to pay Hunt, because he'd just ask for more.
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The final sketch of the film, where a couple are making out on the couch while being observed through the television set, was originally done by Irish comedian Dave Allen in the first episode of Dave Allen at Large (1971).
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This movie inspired German Director Uwe Boll to make his feature film debut, German Fried Movie (1992).
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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.
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The attorneys in the "Courtroom" sketch were named Hornung and Taylor. Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor were the starting running backs for the Green Bay Packers in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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In the "Feel-a-Rama" sketch, there is a poster advertising John Landis' first film, Schlock (1973).
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First movie collaboration of husband-and-wife team of John Landis and Costume Designer Deborah Nadoolman. The pair have worked together in numerous movies that Landis has directed.
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The host of the oil commercial appeared in training videos for police departments, that were made by the directing trio at Video Systems, where they met Producer Robert K. Weiss.
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The "Cleopatra Schwartz" title of the coming attractions movie in the segment of the same name was a spoof of the "Cleopatra Jones" movie titles of Cleopatra Jones (1973) and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975).
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This was the second consecutive John Landis movie to feature a gorilla. One had been in Landis' first film, Schlock (1973).
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The "Catholic High School Girls In Trouble" segment was completely removed by the Irish film censor, when the film was first released in Ireland.
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The song played over the end credits, "Carioca", is credited to "Jonathan and Darlene Edwards", who, in real-life, were bandleader Paul Weston, and his wife, singer Jo Stafford. The Edwards personas were created by the duo as a joke at parties, but eventually they recorded several LPs.
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This movie's only sequel (to date, August 2017) is Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). The title did not evoke the title of this movie, though one of its working titles did, it being "The Kentucky Fried Sequel".
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One of two compilation comedies both made and released around the late 1970s and early 1980s that featured a main movie poster with a tongue coming out of a shoe. The other picture was Coming Attractions (1978).
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The shortest segment, the first "11 O'Clock News" segment, runs for four seconds. The longest segment "A Fistful of Yen", runs for thirty-one minutes and thirty-four seconds.
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David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, did not work on Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).
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The first of a mini-cycle of movies with fast food titles, the others of which mostly got released during the 1980s. The films include Meatballs (1979), Fast Food (1989), Mystic Pizza (1988), Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986), and Hot Dog... The Movie (1984).
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The film was originally R-rated in Australia (restricted to adults eighteen and over) and was then cut to get a theatrical release there, with a lower rating. The modified version garnering an "M" rating, meaning the audience was recommended for people fifteen and older. The film was then released down under on the Video Classics Gold label, in its entirety, with its uncut R (18+) rating. The unedited version is now available on DVD in Australia with an MA (15+) rating, which restricts audiences to those fifteen years and older.
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The Fistful of Yen segment is an almost scene-for-scene spoof of Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon.
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Marilyn Joi took the role of Cleopatra Schwartz on the condition that she would play the title role if a Cleopatra Schwartz film were ever made.
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DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(John Landis): [SYNW]: The title of the "Feel-a-Rama" movie.
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The name of the manufacturers of the "Scot Free" board game, "Barker Brothers", was a spoof of real-life board game company "Parker Brothers".
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Segments which were "Coming Attraction" trailers of fictitious films included such titles as "Cleopatra Schwartz", "That's Armageddon", and "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble".
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The film's use of old-timey tunes during the opening credits is like those often opening Woody Allen films.
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The movie's title is abbreviated as "KFM" on the sneakers shown on the movie's original poster.
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Tracy Landis: John Landis' daughter as the refreshment stand attendant in the "Feel-a-Rama" segment.
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Stephen Bishop: As a charming man. Bishop played charming characters in other John Landis movies, such as National Lampoon's National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) (as a Charming Guy with Guitar) and The Blues Brothers (1980) (as a Charming Trooper).
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Tony Dow: As Wally in the "Courtroom" segment.
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Forrest J. Ackerman: As a Jurist in the segment "Courtroom". He also cameoed in the sequel, Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), as the U.S. President in the "Amazon Women on the Moon" segment.
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