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The Gong Show Movie

The Gong Show Movie (1980)

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Release Date: May 23, 1980 Wide

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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

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A fascinating public act of career seppuku.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A therapeutic guilty pleasure.

November 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Audience Reviews for The Gong Show Movie

Sleazy and fascinating. A slice of 1980 TV culture captured on film. Chuck Barris doesn't seem very happy throughout this. I can see he didn't get much understanding or support from his production team. I liked the "Don't Get Up For Me" finale in the desert. The strength of the movie was the clips of the memorable acts from "The Gong Show" itself. It's tragic and funny seeing some of the deluded folks who think they've got talent. My favorite skit was the big twins singing "Love Will Keep Us Together". I wish they had revealed the man who was behind "The Unknown Comic" skits. It also would've been nice to see some interactions with the celebrity judges, who seemed restricted to the clips.
August 4, 2007
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