The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
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Let’s go back to 1977 for one of the decades most notable horror movie characters.
The Kentucky Fried Movie is one of the first movies that took sketch comedy to a whole new level for the theaters.
The film was produced by Kim Jorgensen, Larry Kostroff, and Robert K. Weiss and directed by John Landis.
Among the numerous star cameos are George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, Henry Gibson, Barry Dennen, Donald Sutherland, Tony Dow, Stephen Bishop, and the voice of Shadoe Stevens.
According to David Zucker on the DVD commentary track, David Letterman auditioned for the role of the newscaster but was not selected. The film also features many former members of The Groundlings and members of Second City.
The “feature presentation” portion of the film stars Evan C. Kim and hapkido Grand Master Bong Soo Han.
The Kentucky Fried Movie marked the first film appearances of a number of actors who later became famous, as well as being the vehicle that launched the careers of the Zucker brothers, Abrahams, and Landis.
Landis’ work on the film was responsible for his being recommended to direct National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978.
Written by future comedy star writers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker who’d go on to write great comedy franchises including Airplane!, Top Secret!, The Police Squad television series and its film spin-offs, The Naked Gun films.
With a paltry budget of 650,000 dollars, the movie grossed over 7 million dollars at the box office
Source: Sal Amato