The Gong Show Movie (1980)

The Gong Show Movie





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A fictional look behind the scenes of the notoriously tasteless 1970s television program The Gong Show, a variety show featuring a talent competition amongst truly bizarre and often exploitative acts, this drama takes an unexpectedly serious look at a day in the life of the show's harried host, Chuck Barris.

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Robert Downey Sr., Chuck Barris
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Critic Reviews for The Gong Show Movie

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
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A fascinating public act of career seppuku.

Full Review… | November 18, 2003

A therapeutic guilty pleasure.

Full Review… | November 18, 2003
Film Threat

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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

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