The Gong Show Movie

The Gong Show Movie is a 1980 American comedy film starring, written and directed by Chuck Barris.[2]

The Gong Show Movie
Poster of the movie The Gong Show Movie.jpg
Directed byChuck Barris
Produced byBudd Granoff
Written byChuck Barris
Robert Downey
StarringChuck Barris
Robin Altman
James B. Douglas
Mabel King
Jaye P. Morgan
Rip Taylor
Music byMilton DeLugg
CinematographyRichard C. Glouner
Edited byJacqueline Cambas
James Mitchell
Sam Vitale
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 1980 (1980-05-23)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$6,621,520[1]


The film shows a fictional week in the life of Chuck Barris as the host and creator of The Gong Show, through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown (which compels him to run away and hide in the desert) and other comic hijinks in his life and work on the TV show. Among the highlights included a group of men dressed as a Roman Catholic priest and three nuns lip-synching Tom Lehrer's song "The Vatican Rag", a man blowing out a candle with flatulence, and the uncensored version of Jaye P. Morgan's infamous breast-baring incident.


The film premiered in May, 1980 alongside The Empire Strikes Back and The Shining, beating the latter at the box office in its opening weekend but losing to the former. The film received uniformly negative reviews and was withdrawn from theaters shortly after its release.

Among the many bad reviews at the time was one from George Burns, who, after seeing the movie, went on the record and said, "For the first time in 65 years, I wanted to get out of show business."[3]

Home videoEdit

The movie was occasionally seen on a few cable movie channels during the 1980s but had never been available on home video in any format until a Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory[4] on March 29, 2016.


  1. ^ "The Gong Show Movie". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "The Gong Show Movie". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02.
  3. ^ Jacobs, A. J. (June 11, 1999). "The Gong Show debuts". Entertainment Weekly. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ The Gong Show Movie - Blu-ray | Shout! Factory

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