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Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)

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Mike O'Donoghue's parody of "Mondo Cane" showcases curious performers, strange musicians, celebrity mutations and unusual short films, including Thomas Alva Edison's "Elephant Electrocution".

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Michael O'Donoghue

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Mitch Glazer (as Mitchell Glazer), Michael O'Donoghue | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Donoghue ... Mr. Mike
Dan Aykroyd ... Church of Jack Lord leader / Himself
Rhonda Coullet Rhonda Coullet ... Singer at Church of Jack Lord
Jane Curtin ... Herself
Carrie Fisher ... Herself
Teri Garr ... Herself
Joan Hackett ... Herself (voice)
Debbie Harry ... Herself (as Deborah Harry)
Sarah Holcomb ... Herself
Margot Kidder ... Herself
Bill Murray ... Man on the Street
Laraine Newman ... Herself
Gilda Radner ... Herself
Sid Vicious ... Himself
Foster MacKenzie III Foster MacKenzie III ... Root Boy Slim / Himself (as Root Boy Slim)
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Mike O'Donoghue's parody of "Mondo Cane" showcases curious performers, strange musicians, celebrity mutations and unusual short films, including Thomas Alva Edison's "Elephant Electrocution".

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The TV show that can't be shown on TV!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Broadway Video, Project X See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first cat thrown into the pool was Michael O'Donoghue's cat, Cal. The scene was supervised by armed ASPCA agents. Dirk Wittenborn's chest was scratched heavily by the cats. See more »

Quotes

Dan Aykroyd: I'm proud to say I'm an actual genetic mutant.
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Crazy Credits

(After the credits): If you enjoyed "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" you'll love "Mr. Mike's Gandhi" soon to be a major motion picture directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley. See more »

Alternate Versions

The home video version omits Sid Vicious' version of "My Way" We still see the footage, but there is no sound and we get a roller caption explaining that the publishing company refused to allow them to include the song on the tape. See more »

Connections

References The Bullwinkle Show (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie 'Til You Puke
Performed by Foster MacKenzie III (as Root Boy Slim) and the Sex Change Band with the Rootettes
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Very promising, but fails to deliver
27 October 2003 | by xlthtlxSee all my reviews

I rented this last night, after having been impressed by the credentials and the fact that NBC refused to air it. Very rarely has a video failed to live up to such lofty expectations; then again, I may have expected too much.

Even though I knew from the first two sketches that this was going to be a very annoying and unfunny video, I stayed with it, expecting that, at some point or another, the show would connect--say something funny, make some sort of original statement, anything. Nothing. It aims to be shocking, but ends up extremely boring. (Throwing a cat into the pool is funny. Turning that one single act into a long, slo-mo montage of cats being throwin into the pool--well, it seemed like five minutes instead of two. And two minutes is about 100 seconds longer than this sketch had to be.)

Much of this is stream-of-consciousness in the vein of Monty Python, only without any of the wit. Most of the jokes seem to have been written by O'Donoghue at three a.m. while coked out in a room with only a typewriter. (Am I far from the truth? I'm not up on my SNL trivia.)

Watch this video as a lesson on how to take what is potentially hilarous and cut it off at the knees. It also stands out as a document that testifies to a very empty and decadent niche in our cultural history.

In short, it stinks on so many levels.


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