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The Kentucky Fried Movie is an American comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis. The film's writers were David and Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams. This same team who would go on to write and direct Airplane!, Top Secret!, and the Police Squad! television show and its movie spinoffs, The Naked Gun films. Among the numerous cameo stars were George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, Tony Dow, Evan C. Kim, Donald Sutherland, the voice of Shadoe Stevens, and hapkido Grand Master Bong Soo Han as the evil Dr. Klahn. The movie features the talents of many former members of The Groundlings theater, as well as some from Second City. Image File history File links Kentucky_Fried_Movie_movie_poster. ... Image File history File links Kentucky_Fried_Movie_movie_poster. ... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... John Landis (born August 3, 1950) is a movie actor, director, writer, and producer. ... David Zucker (born October 16, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American film director. ... Jerry Zucker (born March 11, 1950 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American movie director best known for his role in directing comedy spoof films. ... Jim Abrahams (born 10 May 1944 in Shorewood, Wisconsin) is an American movie director and writer. ... Airplane! is an American comedy film, first released on June 27, 1980, produced and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, and starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lorna Patterson. ... Top Secret! is a 1984 comedy directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. ... Police Squad! title screen Police Squad! was a television comedy series first broadcast in 1982. ... The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is the name of a series of comedy movies starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O.J. Simpson. ... George Lazenby as James Bond 007. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tony Dow (born April 13, 1945 in Hollywood, California, USA) was an American child actor and has also been a producer and director. ... Evan C. Kim is an American actor. ... Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Donald McNicol Sutherland OC (born July 17, 1935) is a prolific Canadian actor with a film career spanning over 40 years. ... Shadoe Stevens (born Terry Ingstad in 1947 in Jamestown, North Dakota) was the host of American Top 40 from 1988 to 1995. ... Hapkido (also spelled hap ki do or hapki-do) is a dynamic and somewhat eclectic Korean martial art. ... Grand Master Bong Soo Han Bong Soo Han, born in Seoul, Korea on August 25, 1931 is a world renowned Hapkido Instructor and Author. ... The Groundlings is an improvisational comedy troupe based in Los Angeles, California, USA. The troupe was formed by Gary Austin in 1974 and uses an improv format influenced by Viola Spolin to produce sketches and improvised scenes. ... The second city of a country is the city that is (or was) the second-most important, usually after the capital or first city, according to some criteria. ...

This film is number 87 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". Bravo is a cable television network owned by NBC Universal. ...



Kentucky Fried Movie has no unified plot; it consists of numerous sketches that parody 1970s TV commercials, drive-in movies and educational films shown in schools. The skits poke fun at karate movies, courtroom TV shows, women-in-prison movies, and pornography (or more specifically, advertising for pornography). To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Drive-ins are an important pop culture memory for many. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

A common target of these sketches is exploitation films, many of them produced by the mythical "Samuel L. Bronkowitz" (a conflation of Samuel Bronston and Joseph L. Mankiewicz) who seems to be producer for all of the parodies. For example, a spoof of early chopsocky movies such as Enter the Dragon is parodied as A Fistful of Yen in imitation of A Fistful of Dollars. A Fistful of Yen is the longest sketch in the movie. Samuel Bronston, (26 March 1908 - 12 January 1994) was a Romanian-born American film producer. ... Joseph Leo Mankiewicz (February 11, 1909–February 5, 1993) was a Jewish-Polish-American Hollywood screenwriter, director and producer. ... In the entertainment industry, a producer is generally in charge of, or helps to coordinate, the financial, legal, administrative, technological, and artistic aspects of a production. ... Chopsocky is a colloquial term applied to a diffuse group of martial-art China and Japan during the 1960s and 1970s characterized by over_blown story_lines, cheesy special effects, and excessive violence. ... Enter the Dragon (《龍爭虎鬥》 aka. ... A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari in Italy, and officially on-screen in the United States as simply Fistful of Dollars) is a 1964 film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. ...

One preview appears for the disaster film That's Armageddon lampoons the Irwin Allen genre. Some segments make fun of television commercials from the 1970s, public service announcements, and high school science films (Zinc Oxide and You). Short movie parodies are presented as satires of "Coming Attractions" trailers, and longer parodies represent "feature" films. The city of Detroit and its high crime rate are a part of a running gag throughout the clips, each reference jokingly portraying the city as a sort of hell-on-Earth. Irwin Allen (June 12, 1916 – November 2, 1991) was a television and film producer nicknamed The Master of Disaster for his work in the disaster film genre. ... A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement, typically on radio or television, broadcast for the public good. ... Theatrical trailers are 2-3 minute advertisements for movies that play in cinemas before another movie. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor...

Another notable parody in the film is Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker. Part-time airline mechanic, full-time daredevil Rex Kramer vows to take on the most dangerous situations possible "for the sake of adventure." Kramer gears up in Evel Knievel-like garb and steps across some train tracks to a group of African American men playing Cee-lo against a wall. Kramer takes a stance, breathes deeply, screams "NIIIGGERRRRSSSSS!!" and runs away, the group hot on his heels. A stunt performer is someone who performs dangerous stunts. ... Robert Craig Evel Knievel, Jr. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Cee-Lo Green is the stage name of Thomas Callaway (born Thomas Burton on May 30, 1974), an American hip hop, funk, soul, and R&B musician. ... Nigger is an offensive term used to refer to dark-skinned peoples, especially Africans or people of African descent. ...

Zinc Oxide and You is the spoof of a high school science film. The plot is straightforward - as the announcer intones "without zinc oxide, you would not have ...", then there is a "ding" and the noted object disappears, with successively more disastrous results. The results can be guessed at from the title of the next film (introduced but not shown), which is "Rebuilding your Home". Zinc oxide is a chemical compound with formula ZnO. It is nearly insoluble in water but soluble in acids or alkalis. ...

The film's original production budget was $650,000 and later increased to $1,000,000 after post-production costs were added in. The film grossed about $20 million, making it one of the most financially lucrative films of the 1970s, and one of the most successful comedies of all time.

Sketch Selection

The film's credits listed the sketches incorrectly, as the writers changed the order after the credits had been written. The following list is in the running order used in the film:

  1. 11 O'Clock News (Part 1) (:04)
  2. Argon Oil (1:13)
  3. A.M. Today (6:05)
  4. His New Car (:24)
  5. Catholic High School Girls In Trouble (2:00)
  6. (See You Next Wednesday in) Feel-A-Round (4:52)
  7. Nytex P.M. (:35)
  8. High Adventure (3:01)
  9. 11 O'Clock News (Part 2) (:05)
  10. Headache Clinic (:40)
  11. Household Odors (:40)
  12. The Wonderful World of Sex (4:55)
  13. A Fistful of Yen (31:34)
  14. Willer Beer (:58)
  15. 11 O'Clock News (Part 3) (:05)
  16. Scot Free (:58)
  17. That’s Armageddon (2:17)
  18. United Appeal For the Dead (1:42)
  19. "Courtroom" (Part 1) (4:35)
  20. Nesson Oil (:14)
  21. "Courtroom" (Part 2) (3:02)
  22. Cleopatra Schwartz (1:24)
  23. Zinc Oxide and You (1:59)
  24. "Danger Seekers" (1:02)
  25. Eyewitness News (4:24)
  26. 11 O'Clock News (Part 4)(:09)

See You Next Wednesday is a fictional film that is the trademark of film director John Landis. ...


  • The character names of Rex Kramer (from the "Danger Seekers" sketch) and Steve McCroskey (from the "Courtroom" sketch), would resurface in Airplane!, played by Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges, but as different characters.
  • Although they do not appear together in this film, Lenka Novak and Marilyn Joi later appeared together in the film Cheerleaders Wild Weekend.
  • Some consider Amazon Women on the Moon the sequel to this movie, due to the similar style of the two films and John Landis' involvment as a director of a few sketches. This is evident in the French title of the film "The Hamburger Movie".
  • In a scene from A Fistful of Yen, Loo tries to give complex instructions to a dog, which just looks at him bewildered. A still of the confused dog has become a familiar cliché on internet message boards.
  • In one scene of the same episode the actress that led Loo to the fortress couldn't stop laughing. This is when Loo tries to tell the kidnapped Ada Gronic with gesture that he will save her. After several takes they decided to simply use a take where she obviously suppresses a grin.
  • Despite taking place in Hong Kong, the majority of the actors in A Fistful Of Yen are Korean. Whenever a foreign language is spoken, Korean is used. Several of Klahn's henchmen are named for Korean foods, like Kimchee and Jjajjangmyun.
  • Not only does Klahn read out a Korean menu in the guise of calling out his guards, in his Korean monologue, Bong Soo Han is actually expressing his misgivings about the director's wishes for him to speak random gibberish without a script and also expresses doubt over the quality of the production as a whole.

Airplane! is an American comedy film, first released on June 27, 1980, produced and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, and starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lorna Patterson. ... Robert Stack (January 13, 1919 – May 14, 2003), born Charles Langford Stack, was an American actor famous for his film acting as well as his role in the television series The Untouchables and as host of Unsolved Mysteries. ... Bridges in The Sound of Fury (1950) Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. ... Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 movie written by comedy duo Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland. ... Kimchi or Gimchi is a tradition Korean dish of fermented chili peppers and vegetables, usually based on cabbage. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Zhajiang mian. ...

See also

Amazon Women on the Moon is a 1987 movie written by comedy duo Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland. ... The Groove Tube (1974), written and produced by Ken Shapiro was a low-budget comedy film. ... KFC (also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. ...

External links

  • The Kentucky Fried Movie at the Internet Movie Database
  • Educational films about Zinc, including "Zinc Oxide and You"

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