Music directorErnie Fosselius, Dick Bright, Ken Melville, Tom Donald CastErnie Fosselius (Mertz), Billy Gray (Dullard), John Brent (Head Butcher), Jim Turner (Rick), Larry Walker (Famous Italian Director) Similar moviesErnie Fosselius directed Porklips Now and Hardware Wars
Porklips Now is a short, low budget parody film, made in 1980 by the American director Ernie Fosselius, based on the 1979 motion picture Apocalypse Now.
It chronicles the journey of Dullard (played by William "Billy" Gray, most famous as "Bud" in the Father Knows Best TV series), a gardener and handyman, sent to Chinatown by two butchers to meet a business rival, Fred "Madman" Mertz, and "take care of business". The film cleverly and humorously incorporates references to signature elements of the film on which it is based, albeit in a somewhat conspicuously low-budget manner.
Echoing a widely held if erroneous belief about Apocalypse Now, the film features several alternate endings.
The film was included on the compilation VHS release Hardware Wars, and Other Film Farces from Warner Home Video and is currently available on VHS and DVD from Pyramid Direct Films.
Porklips now 1980
Complete credited cast
Billy Gray - Dullard
Ernie Fosselius - Mertz/Kilroy
John Brent - Head Butcher
Leon Martell - Butcher's Aide
Mark Lee - "Slick"
Jim Turner - Rick
Larry Walker - "Famous Italian Director"
Tom Bullock - photographer
In 2009, Apprehensive Films released Porklips Now onto DVD.