Release dateMay 23, 1980 (1980-05-23) WriterChuck Barris, Robert Downey Sr. ScreenplayChuck Barris, Robert Downey, Sr. CastRobin Altman (Red), Chuck Barris (Himself), Mabel King (Mabel), Steve Garvey (Himself), Jamie Farr (Himself), Rip Taylor (Raoul the Maitre D') Similar moviesNational Lampoon’s European Vacation, Mallrats, UHF, Game Show Moments Gone Bananas, Mahal Kita: Final Answer!, Reckless
TaglineThe Gong Show that was gonged by the censor.
The Gong Show Movie is a 1980 American comedy film starring, written and directed by Chuck Barris.
The film shows a fictional week in the life of Chuck Barris as the host and creator of The Gong Show, through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown (which compels him to run away and hide in the desert) and other comic hijinks in his life and work on the TV show. Among the highlights included a group of men dressed as a Roman Catholic priest and three nuns lip-synching Tom Lehrer's song "The Vatican Rag", a man blowing out a candle with flatulence, and the uncensored version of Jaye P. Morgan's infamous breast-baring incident.
Among the bad reviews at the time was one from George Burns, who, after seeing the movie, went on the record and said, "For the first time in 65 years, I wanted to get out of show business."
The film was never issued on VHS or DVD by Universal, but received a Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory on March 29, 2016.