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Deathrow Gameshow (1987)

R | | Comedy | 4 December 1987 (USA)
Chuck Toedan's the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes ... See full summary »


Mark Pirro


Mark Pirro, Alan Gries (additional material by)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John McCafferty ... Chuck Toedan
Robyn Blythe ... Gloria Sternvirgin
Beano ... Luigi Pappalardo
Darwyn Carson ... Trudy
Mark Lasky ... Mama Pappalardo / Spumoni
Bill Whitehead Bill Whitehead ... Don Stuart
Kent Butler Kent Butler ... Stage Manager
Debra Lamb ... Shanna Shallow
Paul Farbman Paul Farbman ... Dinko
David Martinson David Martinson ... Page
Felicia Cavazos Felicia Cavazos ... Page
Esther Elise ... Groupie
Jim Bruce Jim Bruce ... Featured Convict
Zachary Harris Zachary Harris ... Featured Convict (as Zach Harris)
Paul Bruno Paul Bruno ... Featured Convict


Chuck Toedan's the host of a gameshow featuring death row convicts competeing in life-or-death contests in hopes of cheating the executioner or, at the very least, winning some nice prizes for their next of kin. Not surprisingly, Chuck has made more than a few enemies, from outraged viewers trying to ban his show, to families of losing contestants looking for revenge. A hitman hired by one such family has shown up at Chuck's office, and he'll need to enlist the help of his most outspoken critic to keep from ending up like most of his contestants. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Chuck Toedan Wants You ... To Die Laughing! See more »




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Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Pirromount Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The large crowd shots of the audience cheering and clapping around the 15 minute mark in the movie were taken from the 1984 movie The Muppets Take Manhattan. See more »


Gloria Sternvirgin: Hey! Meathead!
Chuck Toedan: Are you talking to me?
Gloria Sternvirgin: I don't see any other meatheads around!
Chuck Toedan: Well... stick around, and I'm sure you'll attract them.
Gloria Sternvirgin: Not unless your wife shows up first.
Chuck Toedan: I'm not married.
Gloria Sternvirgin: I'm not surprised.
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Crazy Credits

Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution, so don't try us, pal! See more »


References The Toy (1982) See more »


Deathrow Gameshow
Words and Music by Mark Pirro, Gregg Gross and Joyce Mordoh
Performed by Joyce Mordoh
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It Stinks
15 April 2011 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Deathrow Gameshow takes a potentially hilarious premise and wastes it. It has a few humorous scenes interspersed with a lot of crud. A bit of satire, in this case, does not go a long way.

The film's low budget does it in. With a title like Deathrow Gameshow, you would expect a lot of funny death sequences. However, few of the deaths are actually shown on screen, probably due to the lack of a special effects budget. Instead, the film relies on scenes of a fat man chewing spaghetti with his mouth open for laughs.

Also, the acting plain reeks. The lead is boring, as is the supporting cast. The line delivery is amateurish and stilted. Only a few of the jokes, such as a reference to a character as a "human rectum," manage to survive.

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