Dynamite Chicken (1971)

“What is obscene?”

Richard Pryor appears intermittently in this collage of skits, spoofs, and commentary on countercultural topics, including war, sex, feminism, patriotism, politics, and obscenity.


It’s difficult to know what to make of — or say about — this experimental pastiche of a film, which was surely much more relevant at the time of its release, but now simply comes across as a time capsule worthy of screening at a modern art museum. There’s some amusement to be had in “spot the celebrity” (not only Pryor but Fred Willard, Joan Baez, Andy Warhol, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono show up), and there is a clear attempt to push boundaries and taboos of every kind (viz. a scene of a stripping nun) — but… Feel free to skip this one unless you’re curious.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • A few effectively surreal and/or randomly engaging scenes and moments

Must See?
No; this one is simply an historical curiosity.


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