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It Came from Hollywood (1982)

Popular comedians watch and give comments about the worst and silliest films from Hollywood.

Directors:

Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt

Writer:

Dana Olsen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan Aykroyd ... Himself
John Candy ... Himself
Cheech Marin ... Himself
Tommy Chong ... Himself
Gilda Radner ... Herself
Don E. Carney Don E. Carney ... Gorilla Radio Announcer
Honey Sheperd Honey Sheperd ... Punk With Rat
Teena Nickolas Teena Nickolas ... Candy Counter Girl
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Storyline

Dan Ackroyd, John Candy, Gilda Radner and Cheech and Chong present this compilation of classic bad films from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Special features on gorilla pictures, anti-marijuana films and a special tribute to the worst film maker of all-time, Ed Wood. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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We're going to make you LAUGH


Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Directo de Hollywood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,095,003, 31 October 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,573,342
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writers Harry and Michael Medved worked as consultants on this film, which was inspired by their books, "The Golden Turkey Awards" and "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time". The brothers were so incensed by their treatment by the film's producers (and the end result) that they devoted a small entry to it in their subsequent book, "The Hollywood Hall Of Shame". See more »

Alternate Versions

When this film was shown on N.B.C., it deleted the scenes where Cheech and Chong smoke marijuana as they view anti-marijuana propaganda films. Also deleted was a clip from Wonder Bar featuring Al Jolson and a full chorus in black-face. See more »

Connections

Features Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Turn on the Heat
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
Sung by Sharon Lynn and danced by chorus
From Sunnyside Up (1929)
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This films existence is no longer necessary.
17 February 2002 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

When this film first came in 1982, it gave me chance to see many old clips and trailers from old horror and science fiction flicks with a few clips from unusual films other film genres thrown in. In 1982, unlike today, not many old horror/science fiction films were out on video and these films were getting harder to see on TV. So watching this was the closest for me to seeing many of these films again and parts of ones I missed. I really didn't pay much attention to the wrap around sequences provided by Gilda Radner and others, except for the parts with Cheech and Chong, whom I have always found stupid and annoying. I found their presence here repugnant then, and I still do. At the time I overlooked the films repulsively arrogant, condescending attitude it adopts towards these old films.

Now however, viewing this film, there is no longer a reason (for me at least) for this films existence because:

1)Almost all of the films excerpted in this film are obtainable on video, some even on DVD for you high tech yuppies, if you know right places to look.

2)The so called "funny" wrap around sequences featuring many comedians were not considered very good when this film first came out, and they look even worse today. These sequences have accomplished what seems to be the impossible - making clips from notoriously boring turkeys like ROCKET ATTACK USA somehow seem more interesting then they really are. But that is no credit to the comedians or the films makers. Its that these wrap around sequences are so dull, that the films they attempt to lampoon seem exciting in comparison.

3)The films overall smarmy, cynically condescending attitude towards these films becomes annoying. Granted, a good percentage of these films are turkeys like ROBOT MONSTER and PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE. Some are only mediocre, but a few are generally and rightfully so, regarded as classic films like WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN. Others like are ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE, while rebuffed by "mainstream" movie watchers, is generally highly regarded by knowledgeable fans of horror and science fiction movies. Apparently, the writers of this sorry excuse for a film were suffering from the limited, narrow minded view that if its science fiction or horror, its automatically worthless.

4) This film features Cheech and Chong, a comedy team whose own career has been made on appealing to the lowest common denominator in public taste. Throughout their long and dubious one joke career, they have managed to make even the worst Jerry Lewis films seem brilliant. Its a tad bit hypocritical for two stars of some of the worst movies ever made to make fun of other peoples movies. The bad films excerpted here look like Oscar winners when compared to films like UP IN SMOKE.

5) The only wrap around sequence I found appealing was the clips of various female monsters while the fifties classic "Whats Your Name?" played on the sound track.

Thank you and have a nice day.


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