The Gong Show Movie is a 1980 film that shows how Chuck Barris lives through a week of being the host and creator of The Gong Show, through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown (which compels him to run away and hide in the desert) and other comic hijinks in his life and work on the TV show. It was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America, which allowed it to be even more outrageous than the TV version. Among the highlights included a group of men dressed as ministers singing Tom Lehrer's song "The Vatican Rag" and the uncensored version of Jaye P. Morgan's infamous breast-baring incident.
The film failed at the box office. Among the bad reviews at the time, George Burns, after seeing the movie, went on the record and said, "For the first time in 65 years, I wanted to get out of show business".
The film was never released by Universal's MCA Home Video (Beta, VHS, or LaserDisc), although it has occasionally turned up on specialty cable movie services such as The Sundance Channel.