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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)



Critic Consensus: The now obscure pop culture references and spoofed commercials add to Kentucky Fried Movies anarchic, anything-goes spirit and wit.

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The Kentucky Fried Movie is a collection of skits and satiric vignettes from director John Landis and the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker writing team.

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Marilyn Joi
as Cleopatra
Saul Kahan
as Schwartz
Marcy Goldman
as Housewife
Joe Medalis
as Paul Burmaster
Neil Thompson
as Newscaster
George Lazenby
as Architect
Newell Alexander
as The Firechief
Henry Gibson
as Himself
Bill Bixby
as Himself
Richard Barrett
as Bald Beer Drinker
Stephen Bishop
as Charming Guy
Derek Murcott
as Pennington
David Clover
as Husband
Tony Dow
as Wally
David Zucker
as Various Roles
Jerry Zucker
as Various Roles
Uschi Digard
as Woman in Shower
Jim Abrahams
as Various Roles
Agneta Eckemyr
as Ming Chow
Tony Gaznick
as CIA Agent
Ed Griffith
as Host (Danger Seekers)
Eloise Hardt
as Sheila Hamilton
Dulcie Jordan
as Guest #1
Michael Kearns
as Man in Shower
Janice Kent
as Barbara Duncan
Michael Lawrence
as Frank Bowman
Gracia Lee
as Guest #2
Mark Levine
as Boy Going Blind
Colin Male
as Argon Spokesman
Jeff Maxwell
as Man (Feel-A-Round)
Lenka Novak
as Linda Chambers
Manny Perry
as Big Jim Slade
Ellen Regan
as Judy Morton
Jack Roberts
as The Governor
Sheila Rogers
as Guest #3
Felix Silla
as Crazed Clown
Stephen Stucker
as Stenographer
William Tregoe
as John Fitzsimmons
Gwen Van Dam
as Mrs. Burke
Dick Yarmy
as Taylor
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Critic Reviews for The Kentucky Fried Movie

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

The Kentucky Fried Movie misses as often as it hits, but when the writers and Landis arrive at a great idea ... it's like watching an entire fruitful comic perspective being spawned.

July 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Smart and satirical but very dated, obviously.

April 1, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's easy to spoof cliches; it's something else again to string them together with the insight into narrative structure these boys evidence.

April 1, 2008 | Full Review…

Great fun for an undemanding night out.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The range of its satire and comedy, as displayed in 22 segments running from a minute or two up to 30 minutes, is fairly narrow.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Kentucky Fried Movie boasts excellent production values and some genuine wit, though a few of the sketches are tasteless.

February 13, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kentucky Fried Movie


Written by the ZAZ Team (Airplane! The Naked Gun, etc) and directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers, etc), this is one of, if not the earliest spoof film. There's not really much of a plot, as this is more of an anthology of mostly unconnected sketches that parody various television programs, commercials, and different films, namely of the exploitation and educational varieties. There's also a hilarious jab at cinematic gimmicks, where a man goes to a movie being shown in "feel around"...which results in him being physically accosted by an usher. The film is very politically incorrect, rude, stupid, silly, and goofy, but I mostly had a good time with it. A lot of it is pretty smart with the satire, and really dead on, but then there's a fair amount that just left me feeling kinda "meh", despite a sly grin on my face. I think the biggest issue here is that the film, though clever and well done, is quite dated, and some of the jokes are no longer as effective thanks to the passage of time, with audiences growing more accustomed to raunch. All in all though, it is enjoyable, but not nearly as groundbreaking as later stuff like Airplane! That being said, I must give special praise to the level of detail and care that went into the Kung fu parody, as well as the fact that the film features a midget dressed in a clown suit whipping half naked Catholic schoolgirls chained up in a dungeon. If this sounds like your thing, then give it a shot.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Just when I thought it safe to go on watching, there I go again laughing Hysterically.
SHAMLESS FUNNY. zuckNuckLe My MAN! One the Number 1 on my ZuckNuckle Top Ten Movies. I dont really care what people say but this Movie is just too friggin too funny to miss. For a low Budget and for a Seventy Spoof it was Hilarious. warning not for kids!

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer


Crude, nude and not for the prude! As one of the first satire films ever to have been made, this marks the historic birth of a subgenre, that with time has come to generate a whole ocean's worth of offsprings. Very raunchy and experimental by form, yet for the better part quite funny. Some of the jokes are really top-of-the-line, even if the editing and visuals look awfully dated and low-budget. For when they do hit their target, they do so to side-splitting results. One thing that entertained me in particular was the spoof on Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon. Having recently seen said martial arts flick, just made it all the more hilarious. So if you're into this special flair of comedy, I can definitely recommend you to give it a go. That is, if you're not too easily offended by its raw and unapologetic humor. Because if there's one thing this movie doesn't do, it's holding back its punches.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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