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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 »

Director:

Mark Pirro

Writers:

Mark Pirro, Alan Gries (additional material by)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pirromount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first movie Mark Pirro shot on 35mm film stock. See more »

Quotes

Luigi Pappalardo: You killed my momma!
Chuck Toedan: It was an accident.
Luigi Pappalardo: You killed my momma!
Chuck Toedan: I'm sure she didn't feel anything!
Luigi Pappalardo: You killed my momma!
Chuck Toedan: She was old, anyways!
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank everyone who bothered to stick around and read all these credits, it was very nice of you. Now go home goddamn it! See more »

Connections

References Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Deathrow Gameshow
Words and Music by Mark Pirro, Gregg Gross and Joyce Mordoh
Performed by Joyce Mordoh
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Win Or Die In Future Gameshows (Of 1991)

Mark Pirro's "Deathrow Gameshow" of 1987 is a black comedy that is extremely cheesy in many parts, but occasionally very funny nevertheless. This movie could certainly have been a lot better, the acting is terrible, and some extremely cheesy scenes make it hard to watch at times, but the concept is funny, and it has some hilarious moments.

In the near future (the year 1991), game shows have changed. Chuck Todean (John Mc Cafferty) hosts a game show called "Live Or Die", in which convicted death row inmates have the chance to play for their lives, and for money. Candidates who fail, get executed on the air using many different methods, such as guillotines, electric chairs, and other, more bizarre devices of execution, followed by applause from the cheering studio audience. The show is, of course, more than controversial, and Chuck has made lots of enemies...

"Deathrow Gameshow" is incredibly cheesy and crappy in many aspects, and the acting is terrible, but it is without doubt fun in many parts, especially if you're a fan of dark humor. You haven't missed anything if you haven't seen it, but it is definitely funny and a good time waster. 4/10


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