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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 »

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Robin Altman ...
Red
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Brian O'Mullin ...
Bum
Jack Bernardi ...
Violin Player (Elderly Man)
Satisfaction ...
Singing Group
William Tregoe ...
Winking Man
Harvey Alpert ...
Trumpet Man
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Lillie Shelton ...
Mabel's Mama
James B. Douglas ...
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Man in Locker Room
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Melvin Presar ...
Himself
Steve Garvey ...
Himself
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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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The Gong Show that was gonged by the censor. See more »

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »
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23 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El espectáculo más loco loco del mundo  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,476,425, 26 May 1980, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,621,520
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The gag where Barris tries to help a woman being abused by her husband, only to be assaulted by the woman and the husband, was originally done by Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality (1923). See more »

Quotes

Father Ed: Today I'd like to pose a Biblical question. Is there reincarnation after death, and if there is, does the individual return in a higher or lower state than he or she held in his or her mortal life?
Chuck Barris: Ooh, that's an interesting question, Father Ed. What is, uh, what is the answer to that question?
Father Ed: Beats the shit out of me.
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References Batman (1966) See more »

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Don't Get Up
Words & Music by Chuck Barris
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It all began with young Tom Edison
28 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Hollywood gave us "Birth Of A Nation. It gave us "Gone With The Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz" in one year, 1939. "Citizen Kane" followed and was itself followed by such classics as "The Best Years Of Our Lives," "On The Waterfront," "The Ten Commandments" "Ben Hur," and "2001: A Space Odyssey," among other titanic films.

Then in 1980, the one true master, the genius that is Chuck Barris, gave us "The Gong Show Movie," based on what was perhaps Newton Minnow's brightest light, the TV show, "The Gong Show."

In a nutshell, this is what it's really all about. Life itself. The secrets of the universe revealed and the meaning of life itself, all for you and me in glorious color. All in "The Gong Show Movie." BTW, the 10 score and this review might be just a tad facetious. Maybe. Possibly.


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