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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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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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Taglines:

The Gong Show that was gonged by the censor. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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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Soundtracks

Don't Get Up
Words & Music by Chuck Barris
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This movie is a bit more funny if you've seen the gong show TV series
9 July 2006 | by garbuhjSee all my reviews

If you haven't seen the gong show TV series then you won't like this movie much at all, not that knowing the series makes this a great movie.

I give it a 5 out of 10 because a few things make it kind of amusing that help make up for its obvious problems.

1) It's a funny snapshot of the era it was made in, the late 1970's and early 1980's. 2) You get a lot of funny cameos of people you've seen on the show. 3) It's interesting to see Chuck (the host) when he isn't doing his on air TV personality. 4) You get to see a lot of bizarre people doing all sorts of weirdness just like you see on the TV show.

I won't list all the bad things because there's a lot of them, but here's a few of the most prominent.

1) The Gong Show Movie has a lot of the actual TV show clips which gets tired at movie length. 2) The movie's story line outside of the clip segments is very weak and basically is made up of just one plot point. 3) Chuck is actually halfway decent as an actor, but most of the rest of the actors are doing typical way over the top 1970's flatness.

It's a good movie to watch when you don't have an hour and a half you want to watch all at once. Watch 20 minutes at a time and it's not so bad. But even then it's not so good either. ;)


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