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Director  Chuck Barris
Music director  Milton Delugg
Country  United States
3.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Duration  
Language  English
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Release date  May 23, 1980 (1980-05-23)
Writer  Chuck Barris, Robert Downey Sr.
Screenplay  Chuck Barris, Robert Downey, Sr.
Cast  Robin Altman (Red), Chuck Barris (Himself), Mabel King (Mabel), Steve Garvey (Himself), Jamie Farr (Himself), Rip Taylor (Raoul the Maitre D')
Similar movies  National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Mallrats, UHF, Game Show Moments Gone Bananas, Mahal Kita: Final Answer!, Reckless
Tagline  The 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.

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Plot

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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.

Reception

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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."

Home video

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The film was never issued on VHS or DVD by Universal, but received a Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory on March 29, 2016.


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References

The Gong Show Movie Wikipedia
The Gong Show Movie IMDb The Gong Show Movie themoviedb.org


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