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The Groove Tube (1974)

R | | Comedy | 5 June 1975 (Sweden)
A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer.

Director:

Ken Shapiro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Shapiro Ken Shapiro ... Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')
Richard Belzer ... Rodriguez / Leo Batfish / The President / The Hooker
Chevy Chase ... The Fingers / Geritan / Four Leaf Clover
Buzzy Linhart ... The Hitchhiker
Richmond Baier Richmond Baier ... The Girl
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... The Rich Guy
Jennifer Welles Jennifer Welles ... The Geritan Girl
Roy Wallace Roy Wallace ... The Gorillas
Kirtus Allen Kirtus Allen ... Gorilla
Laura Glicken Laura Glicken ... The Gorillas
Hal Fore Hal Fore ... Gorilla
Jennifer Zens Jennifer Zens ... The Gorillas
Leo Petrie Leo Petrie ... Gorilla
Lane Sarasohn Lane Sarasohn ... The Dancing Policeman / The Assassin
Paul Norman Paul Norman ... Mouth Appeal / Sex Olympics
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Storyline

A collection of skits that make fun of television. Everything from commercials to the nightly news are spoofed. Chevy Chase makes a brief (as well as his debut), appearance. Written by K.L.

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dealers See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD sleeve notes declare that this movie was a "prototype for Saturday Night Live (1975)" and a "predecessor to The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)". See more »

Goofs

Microphone visible in "Dealers" bathroom scene. See more »

Quotes

Ko-ko: It seems a boy from Newton let his parents stay in the room during "make belief time", or at least it was his mother, because she called the station, and it's a good thing the management doesn't watch the show, because they thought it was a prank call. Now, I am only mentioning this to tell you that, really, it's very important that you make sure the big people leave the room during "make belief time", because, if you don't do that the management will catch on to what we're doing, and we'll ...
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Alternate Versions

An edited PG-rated version was released as a double feature with a similarly edited "Kentucky Fried Movie". See more »

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Butz Beer
Arranged by Ellen Starr
Produced by Kevin Gavin
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Forever Funny
23 October 2000 | by bostonredSee all my reviews

How can a movie that features the singing of Curtis Mayfield be bad? It can't! The Groove Tube is a series of scatological black-out sketches that makes fun of anything from 2001 to the olympics. The highs, (Koko the clown, the easy lube recipe) outnumber the lows (an all too long "The Dealers"), but even the lows are funny. Best of all is Ken Shapiro's manic dance down a busy Manhattan sidewalk.(That is Shapiro, not Nat King Cole singing Just You, Just Me). Definitely dated now, but at the time The Groove Tube was irreverent, bold, shameless and hysterically funny. Ken Shapiro made this minor cult hit, then 7 years later made the Christmas day opening bomb, Modern Problems (though I enjoyed it} and since then, unfortunately, nothing.(He could possibly be playing drums in a jazz group) The Groove Tube remains to me an unending burst of positive energy, a movie that 26 years after my initial viewing, still brings me real joy!


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