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Groove Tube
     

The Groove Tube

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Cast: Ken Shapiro, Mary Mendham, Bill Paxton, Lane Sarasohn

 

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Ken Shapiro's irreverent mix of sex, drugs, and comedy The Groove Tube comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical

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Ken Shapiro's irreverent mix of sex, drugs, and comedy The Groove Tube comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a decent release from Hen's Tooth that will be of interest primarily to cult comedy fans.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
While not the most artistically successful sketch comedy, The Groove Tube, is easily the most willfully offensive. Those who are not bothered by such onscreen antics as a talking penis, the freestyle sex Olympics, and lots of nudity will probably laugh consistently. Gleefully vulgar, The Groove Tube is a film that teenagers can bond over because it sets out to upset the establishment with copious amounts of sex, drug, and scatological humor. Like most sketch comedies, the material is very hit-and-miss. Director Ken Shapiro hosting a very adult kids show, a news anchorman dealing with some oddly named world locations, and a parody of the old "let your fingers do the walking" ad campaign stand out as the pieces that best achieve a balance between vulgarity and pop-culture smarts. While some of the objects of satire and the drug references may date the film, The Groove Tube should remain a touchstone for comedy fans as it contains the first film work of Chevy Chase.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2000
UPC:
0759731406222
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Henstooth Video
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
19,850

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Mendham Actor
Bill Paxton Actor
Lane Sarasohn Actor
Ken Shapiro Koko the Clown,Kramp TV Kitchen,The Dealer,Newscaster
Alex Stephens Butz Beer
Richmond Baier The Hitchhiker
Richard Belzer President,The Dealer
Chevy Chase Geritan/Four Leaf Clover
Berkeley Harris Actor
Victoria Medlin Mouth Appeal
Paul Norman Mouth Appeal
Jennifer Welles Geritan
Bill Kemmill Butz Beer
Buzzy Linhart The Hitchhiker

Technical Credits
Ken Shapiro Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Bob Bailin Cinematographer
Buzzy Linhart Musical Direction/Supervision
Pat O'Neill Animator
Lane Sarasohn Screenwriter
Linda Taylor Animator

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. The Hitchhiker
3. Koko the Clown
4. Gramp TV Kitchen
5. Geritan
6. Fingers
7. The Dealers
8. Butz Beer
9. Channel One News
10. Sex Olympics
11. Four Leaf Clover
12. Safety Sam
13. Just You Just Me

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The Groove Tube 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this when it came out in 1972 on the big screen. I still remember laughing until my sides hurt. I've tried to retell these sketches to some of my friends ...You had to have been there. Great film!