Chicken Park

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Chicken Park
Chicken Park.jpg
Directed by Jerry Calà
Produced by Galliano Juso
Written by Gino Capone
Galliano Juso
Starring Jerry Calà
Alessia Marcuzzi
Rossy de Palma
Music by Giovanni Nuti
Umberto Smaila
Cinematography Blasco Giurato
Distributed by Metro Film
Release date
  • 5 April 1996 (1996-04-05) (Turkey)
  • 21 August 1996 (1996-08-21) (Spain)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Italy
Language English

Chicken Park is a 1994 comedy parody film directed by and starring Jerry Calà that parodies various movies, especially the 1993 film Jurassic Park.[1] The movie was released on April 5, 1996 in Turkey and Calà's directorial debut.[2]


When Vladimiro's (Jerry Calà) chicken is stolen while he's in the Dominican Republic for a cockfight, he immediately begins trying to get it back. During his searches he discovers an entire zoo full of gigantic chickens.[3]



The film was shot between Santo Domingo and Rome.[4][5] It was filmed in English.[6] The budget was two billion and a half lire.[6][7] The film marked both the directorial debut of Calà and the film debut of actress Alessia Marcuzzi.[8] It was also the last work as special effects artist for Antonio Margheriti.[9] Calà had previously announced his debut as director with a completely different project, a biographical drama film about Umberto Bossi and Lega Nord, Il Longobardo, that was eventually abandoned.[5]


The film mainly parodies Jurassic Park but also references many outher films and cultural icons in some gags, such as The Addams Family, Home Alone, The Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket, Sister Act, Pretty Woman, Hot Shots!, Il Postino: The Postman and Edward Scissorhands. Moreover, Pope John Paul II appears as washer.


Chicken Park premiered at the 14th edition of Fantafestival, in which it entered the main competition.[10] Due to production problems, it was not released theatrically in Italy.[7] Broadcast by Italia 1, at its television premiere the film was seen by over 4 million people.[11] The film was later released in Turkey as Piliç parki and subsequently in Spain as Pollo jurásico.


Critical reception for the film was generally negative,[2] with L'espresso calling the film "trash" and MDZ Online commenting that the film was of such poor quality that it had the potential to become a cult classic.[12][13] Film critic Marco Giusti described the film as "supertrash", "more stupid than funny" and a film in which the best actor probably is Jo, the chicken owned by Calà.[4] According to film critic Paolo Mereghetti the film fails almost entirely to raise a smile and the English version of the film, with Calà self-dubbing himself, is a must for trash-lovers.[14] According to author Massimo Bertarelli, the film is just made of "exasperating drollery and depressing sloppiness".[15]


  1. ^ "Scheda del film Comico di Jerry Calà". Il Cancello. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "When Comedy Fails: Two reviews by SC magazine contributor Mike Sullivan". Shock Cinema Magazine. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Pino Farinotti; Rossella Farinotti. Il Farinotti 2012. Dizionario di tutti i film. Newton Compton, 2011. ISBN 88-5413-182-2. 
  4. ^ a b Marco Giusti. Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer, 1999. ISBN 88-200-2919-7. 
  5. ^ a b Giovanna Grassi (12 January 1994). "Cala' : con i polli sfido Spielberg". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b F. C. (10 March 1995). "Attenti al gallo, è un vero gigante". La Stampa. p. 27. 
  7. ^ a b Giovanna Grassi (9 March 1995). "Cala' : mi gioco Demetra contro Lorella". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Andrea Scalzi (29 December 2005). "Ero "bona" ora sono timida". La Stampa. p. 29. 
  9. ^ Luca M. Palmerini; Gaetano Mistretta; Margot Winick. Spaghetti nightmares. Fantasma Books, 1996. ISBN 09-6349-827-4. 
  10. ^ "Roma capitale dell' horror: saranno le donne a scegliere il mostro piu' " bello "". Corriere della Sera. 8 June 1994. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Alessandra Comazzi (12 March 1995). "Nell'orticello di Jerry Calà un gallo non è un dinosauro". La Stampa. p. 25. 
  12. ^ "Joyas del "cine basura": "Pollo Jurásico", esas películas malas que da gusto mirar". MDZ Online. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  13. ^ L'Espresso, Volume 42, Issues 1-8. L'Espresso Publishing. 1996. p. 97. 
  14. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 88-6073-626-9. 
  15. ^ Massimo Bertarelli. Millecinquecento film da evitare. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 88-8440-264-6. 

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