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Deathrow Gameshow (1987)

R | | Comedy | 4 December 1987 (USA)
Chuck Toedan's the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Pirro

Writers:

Mark Pirro, Alan Gries (additional material by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John McCafferty ... Chuck Toedan
Robyn Blythe ... Gloria Sternvirgin
Beano ... Luigi Pappalardo
Darwyn Carson ... Trudy
Mark Lasky ... Mama Pappalardo / Spumoni
Bill Whitehead Bill Whitehead ... Don Stuart
Kent Butler Kent Butler ... Stage Manager
Debra Lamb ... Shanna Shallow
Paul Farbman Paul Farbman ... Dinko
David Martinson David Martinson ... Page
Felicia Cavazos Felicia Cavazos ... Page
Esther Elise ... Groupie
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce ... Featured Convict
Zachary Harris Zachary Harris ... Featured Convict (as Zach Harris)
Paul Bruno Paul Bruno ... Featured Convict
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Storyline

Chuck Toedan's the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes for their next of kin. Not surprisingly, Chuck has made more than a few enemies, from outraged viewers trying to ban his show, to families of losing contestants looking for revenge. A hitman hired by one such family has shown up at Chuck's office, and he'll need to enlist the help of his most outspoken critic to keep from ending up like most of his contestants. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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violent | death game | cult | show | death | See All (67) »

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In the year 1991, contestants don't play for prizes...they play for their lives! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Pirromount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The large crowd shots of the audience cheering and clapping around the 15 minute mark in the movie were taken from the 1984 movie The Muppets Take Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Crossing Guard: Hey, aren't you? You are! You're the host of that sick, twisted, morally fucked up tv show!
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank everyone who bothered to stick around and read all these credits, it was very nice of you. Now go home goddamn it! See more »

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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Deathrow Gameshow
Words and Music by Mark Pirro, Gregg Gross and Joyce Mordoh
Performed by Joyce Mordoh
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An (almost) forgotten stupid classic
15 August 2000 | by Sic CoyoteSee all my reviews

This movie is so stupid and it knows it is, and it's really funny, but not a lot of people know that. It may not win awards for it's production values or realistic acting but what it IS is damn funny! I mean where else do you find classic lines like "He's serving 65 & life for molesting a collie in front of a catholic school" or "If your head lands in the basket face up we'll give them $4,000!" answer, you don't! It's not big(production) it's not clever but it is so much fun. It's a bit like a troma release but with less of the gore (probably down to that stuff costs money) in fact I wish that troma owned it right now. My reason? Why because Troma's DVD output is fantastic when it comes to extras, but unfortunately Rhino(who is releasing this movie on dvd in america on the 10th of October for $10) has a very POOR reputation for disc quality and extras. I'm still going to buy it anyway because this is such a class movie.


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