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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 ... Self
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 ... Self
Steve Garvey Steve Garvey ... Self
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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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

After the films abysmal failure, it was withdrawn after a mere three days. 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

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Soundtracks

Don't Get Up
Words & Music by Chuck Barris
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Those were the days
27 February 2006 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

I used to hurry home from school every afternoon in time for The Gong Show, which even my mother would watch instead of whatever soap opera was airing on the other channel. This erratic big screen version of the show captures its anarchic appeal, and whilst the 'story' is less than interesting, the uncensored material from the show itself is priceless. There's also one truly brilliant moment in the framing sequences: toward the end of the film, the cast pursue a harried Chuck to the Sahara Desert and serenade him with a marvelous song called Don't Get Up For Me--one of several songs penned by Barris for the film. It's well past time for the original series to be resurrected on DVD, and it's something of a surprise that this spin-off has been unavailable on home video all these years. A nostalgic treat for those in the 35-55 demographic, The Gong Show Movie may not be high art, but it will certainly leave you laughing.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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