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The Kentucky Fried Movie

The Kentucky Fried Movie theatrical poster
Directed by John Landis
Produced by Kim Jorgensen
Larry Kostroff
Robert K. Weiss
Written by Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Starring Bill Bixby
George Lazenby
Evan C. Kim
Tony Dow
Donald Sutherland
Tara Strohmeier
Music by Igo Kantor
Cinematography Robert E. Collins
Stephen M. Katz
Editing by George Folsey Jr.
Distributed by United Film Distribution
Starz Home Entertainment (DVD)
Release date(s) August 10, 1977
Running time 90 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $600,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $20,000,000 (Global) = $15,000,000 (USA) + $5,000,000 (Non-USA)

The Kentucky Fried Movie is an American comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis. The film's writers were the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker. This same team would go on to write and direct Airplane!, Top Secret! and the Police Squad! television show and its movie spinoffs, The Naked Gun films. The "feature presentation" portion of the film stars Evan C. Kim and hapkido Grand Master Bong Soo Han. Among the numerous cameo stars were George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, Tony Dow, Donald Sutherland, and the voice of Shadoe Stevens. The movie also features many former members of The Groundlings theater, as well as some from The Second City.

This film is number 87 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies".[1]


Production background

David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams made the rounds of the Hollywood studios and were rejected by all of them, being told that "audiences didn't like movies comprised of sketches". Since the three believed in their material, which they had honed in front of the audiences in their 140-seat improvisational troupe billed as Kentucky Fried Theater, they decided to make the movie on their own.[2]

A wealthy real estate investor offered to finance the film if they would write a script. After completion of the screenplay, the investor had second thoughts and decided he did not want to finance the film alone. He said he would try to attract other investors if the three filmmakers would produce a ten-minute excerpt of the film, which he would finance. However, when the trio presented a budget of the short film to the investor, he backed out.[3]

However, the prospect of shooting the short film so excited the trio that they decided to pay for it themselves. The ten-minute film cost $35,000, and with it they again approached the Hollywood studios. This time they attached young director John Landis to the project. However, once again, the studios turned them down.[3]

Curious as to how audiences would react to their film, they persuaded exhibitor Kim Jorgenson to show it before one of his regularly scheduled movies. When Jorgenson saw the short, he "fell out of his seat laughing." He was so impressed that he offered to raise the money needed to make the full-length version. By having his fellow exhibitors screen the film before audiences in their theaters, he convinced them to put up the $650,000 budget. When released, Kentucky Fried Movie was a box-office success, returning domestic American rentals of $7.1 million.[3]


The 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 spoof kung-fu movies (particularly Enter the Dragon, as displayed in the film's "feature presentation"/longest segment), courtroom TV shows, women-in-prison movies and pornography (or more specifically, advertising for pornography).

A common target of these sketches is exploitation films (such as the kung-fu and women-in-prison genre), 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 martial arts 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.

One preview appears for the disaster film That's Armageddon. 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 part of a running gag throughout the clips, each reference jokingly portraying the city as a sort of hell-on-Earth.

Another notable parody in the film is Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker. The bit parodies the 1973-1974 television show, Thrill Seekers.[4] Part-time airline mechanic, full-time daredevil Rex Kramer vows to take on the most dangerous situations possible "for the sake of adventure." (The name Rex Kramer would later be given to Robert Stack's character in Airplane!.) In this film, Rex walks into the middle of a group of African-American men, shouts a racial slur, and then quickly runs as they chase him.

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.

A.M. Today presents several animals, including a "rare" specimen that looks just like a golden hamster. Between cuts to a bland news show it also features a gorilla who rips off the female host's clothing and then destroys the studio.

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. It has become a cult favorite for fans of the comedy genre.

Some consider Amazon Women on the Moon to be a sequel to this movie, due to the similar style of the two films and John Landis' involvement as a director of a few sketches. This is evident in the French title of the film The Cheeseburger Movie, while The Kentucky Fried Movie is The Hamburger Movie. Also, IMDB lists one of the film's working titles as "The Kentucky Fried Sequel."

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: Sketch Details

  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) (video clip)
  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) (video clip)
  25. Eyewitness News (4:24)
  26. 11 O'Clock News (Part 4) (:09)

Sketch details


  1. ^ Nicole Cammorata and James Duffy (2006-07-25). ""Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies of All Time"". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-01-24.  
  2. ^ Litwak, Mark (1986). Reel Power: The Struggle For Influence and Success in the New Hollywood. New York: William Morrow & Company. pp. 135. ISBN 0-688-04889-7.  
  3. ^ a b c Litwak, p. 136
  4. ^ Thrill Seekers on

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From Wikiquote

The Kentucky Fried Movie is a 1977 film with a series of short, highly irreverent, and quite often tasteless skits.

Directed by John Landis. Written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.
This movie is totally out of control!



  • Never before has the beauty of the sexual act been so crassly exploited!
  • Brutal! Savage! Beyond Perversion!

Dr. Klahn

  • [after decapitating a prisoner] Now take him to be tortured!
  • We are building a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude. We forge our tradition in the spirit of our ancestors. You have our gratitude.
  • [telephone rings, answering machine picks up] Herro. This is Dr. Klahn. I'm not home right now. Leave a message when you hear the beyep. You have our gratitude. [gong sound]
  • No! Not water! Ah! Ah! Ah! Ohhh! I'm melting! I'm melting! What a world, what a world! It was a fighting force of extraordinary magnitude!

Henry Gibson

  • Although, so far there's no known treatment for death's crippling effects, still everyone can acquaint himself with the three early warning signs of death: one, rigor mortis; two, a rotting smell; three, occasional drowsiness.
  • In the past year, over 800,000 millions have died. Despite millions of dollars of research, death continues to be our nation's number one killer.
  • It is also important to know what to do you when you die. 1) Don't try to drive a car. 2) Do not operate heavy machinery. 3) Do not talk.


  • The popcorn you are eating has been pissed in, film at eleven.
  • I'm not wearing any pants, film at eleven.
  • Moscow in flames, missiles headed to New York, film at eleven.


  • Argon Spokesman: Here at our multi-billion dollar refinery in Fairbanks, we're extracting 2.5 billion barrels of crude oil each day from teenagers' faces.
  • Argon Spokesman: At Argon, we're working to keep your money!
  • A.M. Newscaster: It's 19 minutes after the hour, and now it's time for our daily feature The Astrological Hour. A quick reminder these reports are not intended to foster belief in astrology, but merely to support people who cannot take responsibility for their own lives.
  • Loo: What was that? This is not a chawade. We need total concentwation.
  • Announcer: It's been said that the test of a man's courage is how he performs in the face of danger. Well, in the next half hour, you're gonna meet a very unique breed of cat. The kind of man who doesn't know the meaning of the word fear. Rex Kramer, part-time airline mechanic, full-time daredevil. A man willing to risk his life for the sake of adventure. He has to chase it, confront it, and whip it. Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker!
  • Game Show Announcer: Guard number one is a senior on Klahn's mountain, and aspires to be a research chemist. Welcome, please, Hung Well! Guard number two is a real skating buff. A warm welcome for Long Wang! Traveling comes naturally to guard number three, as he's a licensed airplane pilot. Welcome, please, Enormous Genitals!
  • Pennington: Klahn has been connected with every sort of nefarious activity. You name it - opium, weapons traffic, assassination, motion picture distribution...
  • Mrs. Hefsteder: Three years ago our Johnny died. We thought there was no hope, but then we discovered the United Appeal for the Dead. They showed us that despite Johnny's handicap, he could still be a useful member of our family and the community. Our United Appeal for the Dead caseworker showed us that the absence of life from Johnny's body didn't have to mean his absence from our daily lives.
  • PA Announcement: This is not a drill - drills go Black-and-Decker-Black-and-Decker-Black-and-Decker...


(During natural disaster)

The Architect: What are you saying?
The Nurse: Leave her... come back to Montana with me.
The Architect: I could no sooner run away from her than myself.
The Nurse: I'm not asking you to run, I'm asking you to face reality!
The Architect: Whose reality, yours or mine?
The Nurse: My reality AND yours, that's whose!
The Architect: What are you saying?
The Nurse: Leave her! Come back to Montana with me!
The Architect: I could no sooner run away from her than myself!
The Nurse: I'm not asking you to run, I'm asking you to face reality!
The Architect: Whose reality, yours or mine?
The Nurse: My reality AND yours, that's whose!
The Architect: What are you saying?

1st guest: Fish for dinner last night?
2nd guest: Phewww... Harvey still smoking those cigars?
3rd guest: CHRIST! Did a cow shit in here?

Newscaster: Rams plagued by fumbles as earthquakes rock Los Angeles. Film at eleven.
Narrator: If you were thrilled by "The Towering Inferno," if you were terrified by "Earthquake," Then you will be SCARED SHITLESS at the Samuel L. Bronkowitz production of "That's Armageddon!"

Game Show Host: If I were asleep, and you were my alarm clock, how would you wake me up?
Guard #2: I wouldn't - I'm no ding-a-ling.

Claude LaMont: I live ze unknown, I love ze unknown, I am ze unknown.
Paul Burmaster: Claude, where are you living now?
Claude LaMont: Zat... is unknown. I don't know.

Pennington: These are the Hartz Mountains of Asia. A terrain so rugged, so treacherous, no country will claim it.
Asquith: Worse then Detroit?
Pennington: I'm afraid so.

Loo: And who are they?
Dr. Klahn: Refuse, found in waterfront bars.
Loo: Shanghaied?
Dr. Klahn: Just lost drunken men who don't know where they are and no longer care.
Prisoner #1: Where are we?
Prisoner #2: I don't care!
Loo: And these?
Dr. Klahn: These are lost drunken men who don't know where they are, but do care! And these are men who know where they are and care, but don't drink.
Prisoner #3: I don't know who I am?
Prisoner #4: And I don't drink!
Dr. Klahn: Guards! [to prisoner] Do you care?
Prisoner #5: No.
Dr. Klahn: Put this man in cell #1, and give him a drink.
Guard: What do you drink?
Prisoner #5: I don't care.

Dr. Klahn: The CIA thinks they can infiltrate the Mountain of Dr. Klahn!
CIA Agent: You can't scare me, you slant-eyed yellow bastard.
Dr. Klahn: Take him to... Detroit!
CIA Agent: No! No, not Detroit! No! No, please! Anything but that! No! No!

Husband: Well, what's our little skeptic doing today?
Housewife: She's frying the cat in pure Nesson oil. [cat screams]

A.M. Newscaster: In the meantime this is A.M. Today. It's 18 minutes after the hour and time for our daily feature of debate: Count/Pointercount. Once again here are John Fitzsimmons and Sheila Hamilton.
John Fitzsimmons: [alternately to Sheila and camera] Well Sheila, I guess even you and your liberal cronies have found the light at the end of love with our beloved president. The intellectuals have been much agitated and now, having gotten the presidency by exploiting the problems they themselves have manufactured, he has done his best to fuel their anxieties about him. Sheila. Will you and your pack of bleeding heart liberals never learn that expanding welfare roles only accelerate inflation and inevitably hurt most those they purport to help?
Sheila Hamilton: Why John, you old stick in the mud. [to camera] I've been listening to that horse shit of yours for months, and you can take that crap and blow it out your ass. And for good measure, sit on THIS [flips the bird] John.


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