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Film / Tunnelvision

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"Tunnelvision, the "no bullshit" network."
The network slogan

Tunnelvision is a 1976 satire on television. It centers on the first uncensored television network in America, Tunnelvision, and a hearing regarding its content, where approximately one hour of one day's condensed programming is shown, sketch-comedy style.

This film contains examples of:

  • Black Comedy: A lot of it.
  • Bland-Name Product: An oil company is named Axxon. You know, like the real-life oil company Exxon. Considering that Axxon kills aquatic life, might also count as a Take That!.
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  • Chekhov's Gunman: Literally! The blindfolded chef from the dinner bar commercial and other sketches later reappears as a wanted killer and shows up at the end to kill Tunnelvision's leader.
  • Credits Gag: Parodied at the end of the news segments. Also, the actual closing credits show footage from other Tunnelvision broadcasts.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: Parodied; the film reviewed on Wake Up America is stated to be from 20th Century-Paramount. Engulf+Devour strikes again!
  • Driven to Suicide: The "innocent arrest victim of the week" on Secret Camera hangs himself in the bathroom after being falsely accused of conspiring to overthrow the United States government.
  • El Spanish "-o": The language lesson early on is full of it.
  • Flipping the Bird: The subject of the "Learn How to Be Butch" ad does this at the end.
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  • Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee: The film centers on a Congressional hearing that would decide the fate of the network. The network wins.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Axxon, the Ax-Crazy oil-spilling company who kills fish "in the name of community service".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Gene Scallion, the movie critic on Wake Up America, is very obviously a parody of movie critic Gene Shalit.
  • N-Word Privileges: The N word and other slurs, including "gypsy" and "guinea", are abused on Ramon and Sonja; also, during that sketch, and the Congressional hearing bit that immediately followed, political incorrectness goes Up to Eleven.
  • Precision F-Strike: Henry Kissinger calling Richard Nixon "a colossal asshole" during a press conference in front of an audience of cheering kids.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The head of Tunnelvision prevails at the hearing but is killed by a deranged assassin almost immediately after.
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  • Show Within a Show
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Once again, Henry Kissinger is portrayed with the mouth of a sailor.
  • Sketch Comedy
  • Take That!: Apparently, in this alternate 1985 the Pep Boys are wanted robbers.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Carl in "Remember When".

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