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Amazon Women on the Moon is a sequel of sorts to 1977’s comedy anthology The Kentucky Fried Movie (see entry), made up of comedy sketches parodying television shows, commercials, and movies. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate producer Robert K. Weiss and executive producer John Landis hoped to duplicate the success of the first movie, which was especially popular on the midnight movie circuit.
       After seeing the comedy sketches which Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland had written for the late-night, pay-cable comedy series, Likely Stories, the producers felt the pair had the right comic sensibilities for their movie and recruited them to write their first feature film script. Barrie and Mulholland wrote sketches for a year and initially turned in a 360-page script, which was edited down to an 85-minute narrative parodying B-movies, television shows, and commercials.
       Principal photography began 20 Jan 1986, according to a 5 Mar 1986 DV production chart, which listed the film as “Untitled." The picture entailed 162 speaking parts and was shot for forty-eight days at thirty-two locations in the Los Angeles, CA area. Interiors were filmed on soundstages at S&A (Essanay) Studios. Five directors filmed the twenty sketches, with Peter Horton making his feature-film directing debut.
       John Landis directed “Mondo Condo,” “Hospital,” “Blacks Without Soul,” “Don ‘No Soul’ Simmons,” and “Video Date.” Joe Dante directed “Hairlooming,” “Bullshit Or Not,” “Critics Corner,” “Roast Your Loved One,” and “Reckless Youth.” Robert K. Weiss directed “Murray in Videoland,” “Amazon Women on the Moon,” “Silly Paté,” “Video Pirates,” “First Lady of the Evening,” and “Titan Man.” Carl Gottlieb directed “Pethouse Video,” “Son of the Invisible Man,” ... More Less

Amazon Women on the Moon is a sequel of sorts to 1977’s comedy anthology The Kentucky Fried Movie (see entry), made up of comedy sketches parodying television shows, commercials, and movies. Promotional materials in AMPAS library files indicate producer Robert K. Weiss and executive producer John Landis hoped to duplicate the success of the first movie, which was especially popular on the midnight movie circuit.
       After seeing the comedy sketches which Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland had written for the late-night, pay-cable comedy series, Likely Stories, the producers felt the pair had the right comic sensibilities for their movie and recruited them to write their first feature film script. Barrie and Mulholland wrote sketches for a year and initially turned in a 360-page script, which was edited down to an 85-minute narrative parodying B-movies, television shows, and commercials.
       Principal photography began 20 Jan 1986, according to a 5 Mar 1986 DV production chart, which listed the film as “Untitled." The picture entailed 162 speaking parts and was shot for forty-eight days at thirty-two locations in the Los Angeles, CA area. Interiors were filmed on soundstages at S&A (Essanay) Studios. Five directors filmed the twenty sketches, with Peter Horton making his feature-film directing debut.
       John Landis directed “Mondo Condo,” “Hospital,” “Blacks Without Soul,” “Don ‘No Soul’ Simmons,” and “Video Date.” Joe Dante directed “Hairlooming,” “Bullshit Or Not,” “Critics Corner,” “Roast Your Loved One,” and “Reckless Youth.” Robert K. Weiss directed “Murray in Videoland,” “Amazon Women on the Moon,” “Silly Paté,” “Video Pirates,” “First Lady of the Evening,” and “Titan Man.” Carl Gottlieb directed “Pethouse Video,” “Son of the Invisible Man,” and “Art Sale.” Peter Horton directed “Two I.D.’s.”
       Amazon Women on the Moon opened on fifty screens on 18 Sep 1987, earning $171,723 in its first three days of release, the 22 Sep 1987 DV reported.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks: Dann Allingham; Samuel L. Bronkowitz; Silverberg, Rosen, Leon & Behr; Mike Miller; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Hi Sean!” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Mar 1986.
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Daily Variety
16 Sep 1987
p. 3, 11.
Daily Variety
22 Sep 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 1987
p. 6, 16.
Los Angeles Times
18 Sep 1987
p. 14.
New York Times
18 Sep 1987
p. 12.
Variety
16 Sep 1987
p. 38.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Starring:
"Mondo Condo:"
"Pethouse Video:"
"Murrary in Videoland:"
"Hairlooming:"
Joe Pantoliano
"Amazon Women on the Moon:"
"Blacks Without Soul:"
"Two I.D.'s:"
"Bullshit Or Not:"
"Critics Corner:"
"Silly Paté:"
"Roast Your Loved One:"
"Don 'No Soul' Simmons:"
"Video Pirates:"
"Son of the Invisible Man:"
"First Lady of the Evening:"
"Titan Man:"
"Video Date:"
"Reckless Youth:"
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
John Landis Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
3d asst cam
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Best boy grip
Grip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept asst
Storyboard artist
Art dept mgr
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Leadman
Lead set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop master
Prop asst
Spec props
Const supv
Set const
Set const
Set const
Set const
Set const
Set const
Scenic artist
Sign and prop artist
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Costumers
Costumer
Costumer
Seamstress
Spec ward
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
1st asst sd eff ed
Apprentice
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual & photog eff for "Amazon Women On The
Mechanical eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Asst prod
Asst to Roger LaPage
Prod controller
Prod accountant
Prod auditor
Prod secy
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Craft service
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
First aid
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Extras casting
"Bip" the Titan mascot
Food stylist
Casting asst
Unit pub
Film archivist
Prod payroll service
Completion guarantors
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
ANIMATION
Murray anim
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"If This Is It," performed by Huey Lewis and the News, courtesy Chrysalis Records, Inc. ℗
& © 1983, written by J. Colla/H. Lewis.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 September 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 September 1987
Production Date:
began 20 January 1986
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
85
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Los Angeles, California, a man returns to his apartment and opens a can of beer, but it sprays all over his face. He eats a sandwich, but it is rancid. He puts the food down a garbage disposal, but when he turns it on, his tie gets caught in the drain. He plugs in the television, gets an electric shock, and the television explodes. A bookcase falls onto him and when the man gets up, he stumbles out the window, plummeting to the ground below. On television, a public service announcement discusses the short attention span of today’s youth, but someone quickly changes the channel. A Pethouse video shows Taryn Steele, the “Pethouse Plaything of the Month,” who goes about town naked. An elderly man named Murray is excited by the new remote control for his television, but presses the wrong button and is transported inside the television to the local weather report. As his wife, Selma, presses the remote control button trying to get him back, she transports Murray into a music video by Huey Lewis and the News, then King Kong, then Bambi. Finally, Selma transports him into a live broadcast of President and Mrs. Reagan disembarking Air Force One and Secret Service men arrest him. In a hospital, Brenda and Harry are anxious to see their newborn son, but the doctor refuses. When they insist, they are presented with a "Mr. Potatohead" doll. Finally, the doctor reports their son has been misplaced, but a moment later, the nurse arrives with the baby. The television channel ... +


In Los Angeles, California, a man returns to his apartment and opens a can of beer, but it sprays all over his face. He eats a sandwich, but it is rancid. He puts the food down a garbage disposal, but when he turns it on, his tie gets caught in the drain. He plugs in the television, gets an electric shock, and the television explodes. A bookcase falls onto him and when the man gets up, he stumbles out the window, plummeting to the ground below. On television, a public service announcement discusses the short attention span of today’s youth, but someone quickly changes the channel. A Pethouse video shows Taryn Steele, the “Pethouse Plaything of the Month,” who goes about town naked. An elderly man named Murray is excited by the new remote control for his television, but presses the wrong button and is transported inside the television to the local weather report. As his wife, Selma, presses the remote control button trying to get him back, she transports Murray into a music video by Huey Lewis and the News, then King Kong, then Bambi. Finally, Selma transports him into a live broadcast of President and Mrs. Reagan disembarking Air Force One and Secret Service men arrest him. In a hospital, Brenda and Harry are anxious to see their newborn son, but the doctor refuses. When they insist, they are presented with a "Mr. Potatohead" doll. Finally, the doctor reports their son has been misplaced, but a moment later, the nurse arrives with the baby. The television channel is changed, to a commercial for Hair Looming, a company that installs carpeting on bald men’s heads. The 1955 movie Amazon Women on the Moon portrays a spaceship about to land on the moon. When the film breaks, the station airs a commercial about the tragedy of African Americans who are born without “soul” and end up behaving like white people. On another station, Jerry picks up Karen for a blind date, but she insists on running a compatibility report reviewing his dating history. Karen quizzes him on the report, then refuses to go out with him, saying, “The statistics don’t paint the picture of a mature man.” On another channel, the show “Bullshit Or Not” examines the Jack the Ripper murders and suggests that the killer was really the Loch Ness Monster. A movie criticism show reviews the life of viewer Harvey Pitnik, with two critics commenting on Harvey’s miserable life. As Harvey watches on his television, the critics discuss him suffering a heart attack. Harvey screams at the television, telling them to stop talking about his life, and suffers a heart attack. The movie Amazon Women on the Moon resumes with the spaceship landing on the moon. A commercial for “Silly Paté” airs, promoting the new Silly Putty in the form of edible paté, available in both toy stores and gourmet food shops. Harvey Pitnik’s funeral airs on television with various comedians roasting his life, followed by Harvey’s wife. A commercial airs for black singer Don Simmons’s new album of “non-threatening,” middle-of-the-road music typically sung by white singers. The movie Video Pirates airs with a pirate ship boarding the MCA Home Video boat and plundering all the movies available in VHS, Beta, and Laser Disc. The video pirates discover a treasure trove of unreleased movies including Son of the Invisible Man, in which a scientist has recreated his father’s formula for rending people invisible. As the scientist takes off his bandages and clothes, he believes he is invisible, but everyone can see him. Amazon Women on the Moon resumes as the space crew is in the throne room of "Queen Lara," but the film quickly breaks again. When it resumes, Queen Lara holds the men prisoner. A commercial airs for the Cosmopolitan Museum of Art, which has lost its lease and is holding a going-out-of-business sale. They’re selling all their treasures at highly reduced prices, saying “every Van Gogh must go.” A commercial airs for the paperback release of the novel First Lady of the Evening, about a former prostitute who marries the U.S. President. On another channel, teenager George is on a date with Violet and stops at a drugstore to purchase condom, but the pharmacist knows the teen’s family. When George purchases a box of Titans, he is the condom company’s one-billionth sale and is named the “Titan King” in a public ceremony. Amazon Women on the Moon resumes with the men escaping prison. They make it back to their spaceship and take off just seconds before the moon explodes. The ship heads back to Earth, where the captain and Queen Lara, who escaped with them, plan to start a life together. At a video store, the clerk gives Ray a personalized pornographic video. When played, Sherrie, the star of the video, speaks directly to Ray. As she simulates making love to him, her boyfriend, Frankie, returns home, gets jealous, and shoots Sherrie, then himself. As Ray watches on his television, police come in and arrest him for the murders. The movie Reckless Youth airs with young Mary Brown visiting her doctor because she has a “social disease.” Mary explains that after winning a beauty pageant in Iowa, she moved to New York City, but went to a party and contracted the disease. When she returned to Iowa to marry her sweetheart, Ken, she infected him, and he slowly began going blind. The doctor locks Mary in a dungeon to protect society from her, warning viewers to “resist temptation” or they will end up like Mary. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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