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THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE (1977)

 A film by John Landis

Cast: Evan C. Kim, Bong Soo Han and Bill Bixby.

A series of loosely connected skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films, spy films, mafia films, and the fear that somebody is watching you on the other side of the TV. A great film by John Landis It has been a long time that I have see this film. Although I hqd q great time seen it with my friends back in the day I have to see this one again. Original titles for the film included “Free Popcorn” and “Closed for Remodeling”. Presumably, both of them were rejected for the confusion they would cause when printed on a theater marquee. The budget of the film was $650,000, which was low even for 1977. Because of the low budget and poor funding, the movie was shot with a variety of different cameras at any locations that were available, using actors willing to work for near-nothing paychecks. Likewise, in order to offset the potential of the few investors pulling out due to objectionable material, the less-offensive portions were filmed first, saving the raunchy stuff for last (or just plain keeping it hidden until the last minute). The end credits (proclaiming “in order of appearance” and then beginning with cast members introduced 2/3 of the way into the movie) are actually the order in which the skits were supposed to appear; the makers ran out of money and couldn’t afford to create new ones.

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