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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

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(All the stuff Chuck Barris had to keep under his hat until now!) 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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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 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Get Up
Words & Music by Chuck Barris
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The Chuck Barris vanity project.
27 February 2004 | by BlackJack_BSee all my reviews

I always wanted to see The Gong Show Movie. As a kid, I was a big fan of Mr. Barris. I wanted to grow up to be just like him. He represented the ultimate in manhood.

Made near the end of the Gong Show's run in 1980, Chuck Barris made a critically lambasted vanity project about how much "fun" it was being the host of the program. Unlike Mariah Carey's "Glitter", Chuck Barris wasn't trying to make a masterpiece. He pretty much portrays a week in the life of himself. You get to see the "talented" contestants attempts to impress him to get a chance to appear on T.V. (some of whom were deemed too racy for the 1970's so this R-rated movie showcases performances that never aired). Wherever he goes, he runs into people who were smart enough to know that having zero talent was good enough to appear on The Gong Show; everyone is trying to audition for him on the spot with some zany numbers. Cameos by just about all his favorite judges appear (I liked Rip Taylor's hilarious role as a waiter) and there are some amusing numbers; especially the showstopper "Don't Get Up For Me". Although it's not a very good film, it's great to finally be able to see a time capsule of one of the most off-beat programs ever aired on the boob tube. My next wish: I want too see the "Best Of The Gong Show" on DVD. Now!

BTW, it was great to see "The Unknown Comic" again. The idea of putting a paper bag on your head while cracking horrid jokes was pure genius. I think he even had his own movie made in the mid-80's, too.


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