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Story

Twenty years before the Farrelly Brothers turned raunch into acceptable film comedy, the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker exploited it first. The college threesome made it big with Airplane! in 1980, but this 1977 cinematic version of their live theater show is ground zero for their talents. Like The Groove Tube, Kentucky Fried Movie is a mishmash of sketches, fake commercials, and parodies with no central theme--except their crudeness and laugh-out-loud humor. Highlights include a commercial for "Scot Free," a board game based on the Kennedy assassination conspiracy, "The Wonderful World of Sex," in which a couple goes through foreplay with a self- help narrator instructing them step by step, and a 20-minute spoof of Bruce Lee films entitled "A Fistful of Yen." Brazen to a fault, the movie will reach for any punch line, no matter how crude (and those who flocked to the film's initial release looking for R-rated sex will remember the final sketch and the infamous trailer for "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble.") Directed by then-unknown John Landis on a shoestring budget, the film has aged. But crassness, when it's this funny, is forever. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Commentary by director John Landis
  • Commentary by writer David Zucker
  • Commentary by writer Jim Abrahams
  • Commentary by writer Jerry Zucker
  • Commentary by producer Robert K. Weiss
  • Talent Bios
  • Behind-the Scenes Photo Gallery
  • On-Set Home Movies

Cast

David ZuckerGrunwald
Marcy GoldmanHousewife
Barry DennenClaude LaMont
Jim AbrahamsTechnician #1
Jerry ZuckerBeaver
George LazenbyThe Architect
Victoria CarrollThe Nurse
Donald SutherlandThe Clumsy Waiter
Newell AlexanderThe Firechief
Henry GibsonHimself
Bill BixbyHimself
Janice KentBarbara Duncan
Michael LaurenceFrank Bowman
Rick BakerDino
Charles DoughertyMistaken Boy
Felix SillaCrazed Clown
Tony DowWally
Manny PerryBig Jim Slade
Branscombe RichmondGuard
Leslie NielsenMan in Feel-O-Rama Movie

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: John Landis
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 83 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 10, 1977
    JapanNov 4, 1978
    AustraliaOct 21, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 20, 2000
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