With Han Bong-soo, George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, Tony Dow, Evan C. Kim, Donald Sutherland, Uschi Digard, John Bailey, Tara Strohmeier, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Branscombe Richmond, Leslie Nielsen, Marcy Goldman, Henry Gibson, Marilyn Joi, Barry Dennen, Robert Starr, Victoria Carroll
The Kentucky Fried Movie is an 1977 American anthology comedy film, released in 1977 and directed by John Landis.
The film's writers were the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, who would go on to write and direct Airplane!, Top Secret! and the Police Squad! television series and its film spinoffs, The Naked Gun films. The "feature presentation" portion of the film stars Evan C. Kim and hapkido Grand Master Bong Soo Han.
Among the numerous cameo stars were George Lazenby, Bill Bixby, Henry Gibson, Barry Dennen, Donald Sutherland, Tony Dow, Stephen Bishop, and the voice of Shadoe Stevens. According to David Zucker in the DVD commentary track, David Letterman auditioned for the role of the newscaster, but was not selected. The film also features many former members of The Groundlings theater, as well as some from The Second City.
The Kentucky Fried Movie marked the first film appearances of a number of actors who later became famous as well as being the vehicle that launched the careers of the Zucker brothers, Abrahams and Landis. It was Landis' work on this film that was largely responsible for him being recommended to direct National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978.