The Gong Show Movie [Blu-ray] [1980]

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Special Features

  • Audio commentary with pop culture historian Russell Dyball


The Gong Show Movie
During the 1970s, the Gong Show was a game/talent show phenomenon. With equal measures of parody, camp and pure lowest-common denominator exploitation, it presented a bizarre assortment of talented and untalented contestants (for example, the musician who played his trumpet with his bellybutton) making their bid for stardom, and a ridiculous prize of $516.32 while three rambunctious minor celebrity judges looked on offering scores for acts they liked, or instantly stopping showing disapproval by pounding furiously on a large Chinese gong. The co-creator, producer and acid-witted but smarmy daytime host of this tawdry kitsch pastiche was Chuck Barris (AKA "Chuckie Baby"). This attempt at a serious drama chronicles a day in his hectic life as he tries to prepare a new episode of his crazy show. As he deals with a seemingly unending string of increasingly freaky acts, the pressure begins to get to the sensitive, caring (as portrayed in the film) Barris and by the day's end he becomes a true lunatic. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Chuck Barris
    Chuck Barris - Himself
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    Robin Altman - Red
  • Mabel King
    Mabel King - Mabel
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    Lillie Shelton - Mama
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    Jaye P. Morgan - Herself
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