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The Gong Show Movie (1980)

R | | Comedy | 23 May 1980 (USA)
A week in the life of "The Gong Show" host and creator Chuck Barris who lives through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown and other comical ... See full summary »

Director:

Chuck Barris

Writers:

Chuck Barris, Robert Downey Sr. (as Robert Downey)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Altman Robin Altman ... Red
Chuck Barris ... Himself
Brian O'Mullin Brian O'Mullin ... Bum
Jack Bernardi Jack Bernardi ... Violin Player (Elderly Man)
Satisfaction Satisfaction ... Singing Group
William Tregoe William Tregoe ... Winking Man
Harvey Alpert Harvey Alpert ... Trumpet Man
Mabel King ... Mabel
Lillie Shelton Lillie Shelton ... Mabel's Mama
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Buddy Didlo
Harvey Lembeck ... Man in Steam Room
Ed Marinaro ... Man in Locker Room
Murray Langston ... The Unknown Comic
Melvin Presar Melvin Presar ... Himself
Steve Garvey Steve Garvey ... Himself
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Storyline

A week in the life of "The Gong Show" host and creator Chuck Barris who lives through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown and other comical characters involved in his life and work on the TV show. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Gong Show that was gonged by the censor. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El espectáculo más loco loco del mundo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,476,425, 26 May 1980

Gross USA:

$6,621,520

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,621,520
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the breakup scene there is a blurry newspaper on the wall that says, "GONG MOVIE SMASH HIT, BARRIS NEXT FELLINI." See more »

Quotes

Chuck Barris: How did you find me?
Buddy Didlo: Chuck, you're a world famous celebrity. Trying to find you is like trying to find a camel in a haystack.
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Connections

References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm the Cook
Words & Music by Chuck Barris
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A bad movie with some very good moments
1 October 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Basically this is just a fictional tale of Chuck Barris going crazy trying to keep the "Gong Show" on the air and appease the censors at the same time.

Those sections of the movie are drivel--unfunny, really stupid and tedious with pointless drama thrown in.

But when they show unedited acts from the "Gong Show" this movie takes off.

The acts are sick and crude--and absolutely hilarious. My favorites are a version of the "Vatican Rag" (with one guy dressed as a priest and three other guys as nuns acting out the song) and some teenage girls sucking on popsicles that are--um--a very unusual shape and color. All the acts are good, but these two stand out.

I'm shocked that this isn't available in video or DVD! It bombed at the box office but so did "Ishtar" and I see tons of those available! Hopefully with the Chuck Barris movie being released soon this will be rectified.

Not a good movie but a very fun good-bad movie. And you get to see Jaye P. Morgan's breasts!


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