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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2016
UPC: 0826663165449
Original Release: 1980
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 37,098

Special Features

Audio commentary with pop culture historian Russell Dyball

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chuck Barris Himself
Robin Altman Red
Mabel King Mabel
Lillie Shelton Mama
Jaye P. Morgan Herself
James Douglas Buddy Didio
Jack Bernardi Actor
Bella Bruck Actor
Cathleen Cordell Actor
Pat Cranshaw Actor
Steve Garvey Actor
Roosevelt Grier Actor
Harvey Lembeck Actor
Ed Marinaro Actor
Pat McCormick Actor
David Sheiner Actor
William Tregoe Actor
James Winburn Actor
Patty Andrews Actor
Gary Mule Deer Actor
Norm Blankenship Actor
Jamie Farr Himself
Murray Langston The Unknown Comic
Rip Taylor Himself

Technical Credits
Chuck Barris Director,Screenwriter
Milton DeLugg Score Composer
Robert Downey Screenwriter
Richard C. Glouner Cinematographer
Budd Granoff Producer
Robert Kinoshita Art Director,Production Designer
K. Robert Konoshita Art Director
James Mitchell Editor
William H. White Asst. Director

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