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Dynamite Chicken


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  • Actors: John Lennon; Joan Baez; Yoko Ono
  • Directors: Ernest Pintoff
  • Writers: Pintoff Ernest
  • Producers: Pintoff Ernest
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JP63OC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,925 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dynamite Chicken" on IMDb

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A collection of parodies; skits and musical performances.

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Campagna on January 11, 2006
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
After renting this movie I went straight to Amazon to order a copy, and I'm still reeling over all the poor reviews on this page! First, note that this is NOT a Richard Pryor comedy film, this is comedy in the field of the Monkees' "Head" or "200 Motels", very acidic, very spontaneous and creative in the way you'd expect from 60's; pissed off and confrontational with flickers of blissed-out chaos. The film is loosely narrated through sequences of Richard Pryor walking down the street with a basketball in his hand, talking and cracking jokes to the cameraman. The film tackles the usual issues of USA as police state and the protest of Vietnam, feminism, drugs, etc with Monty Python-like abandon of convention and the use of psychedelic free association. Its not linear at all, and I think that's the turn off for most Amazon folks who turned in the poor reviews, but haven't we watched too many films with the usual beginning, middle and end? If you're one of the few who get kicks out of quasi-psychedelic documentation from a pissed off and enraged generation, you'll love this film. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Oppendike on July 30, 2007
Format: DVD
I had never heard of this movie before but it looked somewhat interesting and was only three bucks so I decided to take a chance on it. This film is sort of like a late 60's guerilla precursor to later parody compilations like The Groove Tube and Kentucky Fried Movie although it is nowhere nearly as funny or as well done as either. The whole point of this "free-form" film escaped me other than it was apparently primarily intended to mock the "establishment" circa 1969. It is a random assortment of brief sketches, monologues, film clips, musical performances, and "Hippy" political statements. There's also a fair amount of female nudity on display (if this film were rated it would be rated R). A young Richard Pryor does a number of brief monologues and a couple of sketch comedy groups (one including a young Fred Willard) do their thing, more political statements are made, there are some montages of old movies and commercials, and there are a couple of running gags which aren't that funnny. There are also some "man in the street" interviews (primarily about what the American flag means to various people).

Overall this thing is pretty disjointed and doesn't make a whole lot of sense...but the DVD is cheap and possibly worth the purchase price simply as a time capsule of what the radical left was thinking around 1969-70 and also as a glimpse into what underground comedy amounted to at the time.

The picture and sound quality are pretty lackluster and the DVD is obviously a direct transfer from a rather beat up print of this low budget film but is still watchable. I can't imagine anyone is ever going to bother to clean this up any further so what you see is what you get...again the price is pretty low, so taking that into account, it's okay.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon T. Mattson on February 3, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
This film was recommended to me and I quickly found out it was out of print so I checked out Amazon. The reviews listed at the time were wretched, all one star and yuck. The film was available for 5 bucks so I bought it. Well this film is wonderful. It's a look at the culture of the late 60's from a youth perspective with humor and music of the time. It's something like the first music video with a humanist, historic bent. I think all the reviews panning this film are comming from a political viewpoint that doesn't care for anything different or critical of the status quo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Interview on June 9, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This 1.25 hour movie is like a documentary, but it's so fast moving that you can't even read the printed placards that go by, and it's kind of jumbled. I watched this movie free on Amazon (Prime member), and I'm glad I didn't purchase it. John Lennon's appearance is about 1 minute long (if that). Viewing it on Amazon videos Prime for free is really good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Mislove on April 7, 2009
Format: DVD
One of the best films of this type we've ever seen, dealing with the late 60's & early 70's counter-culture mix of music, comedy, etc., with some of the biggest stars-to-be of the era. Highly recommended.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Francois Rabelais on February 6, 2009
Format: DVD
Excellent Film!!! It does a great job of taking the clothes off of the already naked emperor. Many poignant parallels with today's problems as it was made during the bombing of Vietnamese people. It attacks racism, nationalism & small-mindedness in general, in a lighthearted, brave & funny way. Slaps complacent conformists upside the head! Maybe that's why you get a lot of, "I can't figure this one out," sorta reviews on it. Because this film was created as a non-linear collage of images & outtakes, it may go over the head of someone used to typical Hollywood flicks that spell out every banal detail with canned laughter. Some really clever insights in the film. Many witty parodies of this pyramid scheme that we all have come to love so much. An amazing use of reactions to the U.$. flag to delineate the intense schisms in this society (i.e. freedom vs. blind obedience). The Uber Alles attitude that people were fighting against then, is unfortunately still a cancer today.
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I have to say, I found this film (which was a collage of 60's images and a series of bold skits and sketches) to be completely hilarious, uproariously funny and right on! "Dynamite Chicken" was directed by Ernest Pintoff and was released in 1972. Anyway, it is really an interesting and one-of-a-kind experience. This is a time-capsule and a look back at a volatile period (just like the one right-now!), in the history of this country, when things were really coming to a head. The 60's counter-culture generation never really made the lasting impact we read and talk so much about (the corporations won out in the end, no surprise there!). The powers-that-be made it their priority (via infiltration and dissension), in shutting them down fast and quick! From watching this film, we get a sense of the reason why that was. The honesty and genuine dedication a lot of the people of that generation had in making changes to the social-conditions of the world as they existed then and now were very real. Most of the opinions and ideas these people shared, were considered dangerous and a threat to the status-quo of the power-establishment. Their non-partisan and truly anti-establishment stance (they attacked both parties and their candidates), in how they mocked the system (the sham-democracy we have), is something that's completely lacking and missing in today's activists. Here we get a small glimpse of: the civil-rights movement, the women's-movement, the anti-war movement, etc., etc. Without any of the bias or prejudice of: for-or-against, all in less than 80 mins. How can you beat a history lesson like that! And even better, it has a young Richard Pryor (in some very candid moments), giving us his street-wise philosophy and humor. Fred Willard and the 'Ace Trucking Co.Read more ›
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