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Coming Attractions (1978)

Loose Shoes (original title)
Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are: "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", "The Invasion of the Penis ... See full summary »

Director:

Ira Miller

Writers:

Ian Praiser (screenplay by), Varley Smith (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Royce D. Applegate ... Delmus
Lewis Arquette ... Warden
Tom Baker Tom Baker ... Billy Jerk
Dorothy Van Dorothy Van ... Army Nurse
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Shaggy Dog (as Dan Barrows)
J.J. Barry ... Indian #1
Pat Benson Pat Benson ... Martha
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Sam
Jane Alice Brandon Jane Alice Brandon ... Mildred
Thomas Brunelle Thomas Brunelle ... Biker
Paul Camen Paul Camen ... Lieutenant
Billy Curtis ... Menchkin
Paul David Paul David ... Kid
Anthony Davis Anthony Davis ... Guard
Danny Dayton ... Bartender
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Broad satire and buffoonery presented as a series of movie trailers. Among the titles and subjects are: "The Howard Huge Story", "Skate-boarders from Hell", "The Invasion of the Penis Snatchers", Woody Allen (pre-Mia), movie trailer come-ons, Charlie Chaplin, war movies, Billy Jack. The source of the title is presented about an hour into the film. Written by Raymond Clay <banquosa@concentric.net>

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There won't be a dry seat in the house!

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fistful of Something See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of the DVD covers features an image of Howard Hesseman's character from the TV show "WKRP in Cincinnati" and an image of Bill Murray from the poster of "Stripes." See more »

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In the "Welcome to Bacon County" segment: It's nighttime when the van pulls over because it's out of gas. Inside the van it's daytime, then when Elijah and Boobies get out, it's nighttime again. See more »

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Narrator: He was born to parents who loved him, but probably didn't change his diapers enough. He grew up to be one of the most bizarre figures of the 20th century. His wealth enabled him to grow up and fulfill his every fantasy, and lustful desire. But his hobby, was watching planes fuck! now for the first time anywhere, the motion picture world explores the true story of one of the most eccentric men whoever lived... the Howard Huge story. He dated the most beautiful movie stars, and took credit for ...
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Wildly uneven but mostly not very good
26 September 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is a sketch comedy movie done in the style of movie trailers. It's another in the long line of films that filled theaters in the mid to late 1970's like Kentucky Fried Movie, Groove Tube, American Raspberry, Tunnelvision promising to do what Saturday Night Live was doing but with dirty words and naked women. This is probably the weakest of the bunch.

Spoofing everything from musicals (Darktown after Dark) to prison films (3 Chairs for Lefty) to public service announcements (Buddy Hackett on bed wetting) to biker films (Skateboarders from Hell) to Charlie Chaplin films (The Kid and the Yid) and a few things in between this is a very hit or miss film. Most of the gags had been done before and better in other films and on TV by the time this was made so it was like watching reruns of reruns.3 Chairs for Lefty, which stars Bill Murray is rife with the sort of prison jokes that have been around since the 1930's,including giving Lefty a roast to cook when he finally goes to the chair.

The real problem is that almost all of the sketches go on way past the point of being funny. There seems to be some need to spoof a complete film, so in Skateboarders from hell we get a climatic funeral scene that isn't very funny and destroys the laughs that the film had generated with the "biker" fight. There is no reason that this film needed to be almost two hours long since tighter cutting could have made this a classic.

Worth seeing if you run across it on cable and you're in the mood for a very uneven comedy.It would be also okay to get in the bargain bin at the 99 cent store (which is how I got my copy) since its not worth more than a dollar.


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