In a story told in narrative flashbacks, a young TV consultant is hired by the President of a bankrupt USA to organize a telethon in order to prevent the country from being repossessed by wealthy Native Americans.

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President Chet Roosevelt
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Monty Rushmore
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Vincent Vanderhoff
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Sam Birdwater
Richard Schaal ...
Jerry
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Eric McMerkin
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Lucy Beth
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Mouling Jackson
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Oklahoma Daredevil, Roy Budnitz
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The Earl of Manchester
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Danny Olson (as Terry McGovern)
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Jimmy Dunphy
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Kip Margolis
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Larry Miller (Poopy Butt)
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In the not too distant future, the United States government is virtually bankrupt and in danger of being foreclosed on by a group of Native Americans, now owners of the massive Nike Corporation. A desperate President decides to make a last-ditch effort to save the country... by raising money with a telethon! Written by <mycroft@reactiveware.com>

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The ultimate spectacle is now a movie.

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1998 - Die vier Milliarden Dollar Show  »

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As part of the promotion for this film's release in 1979, Ted Coombs traveled on roller-skates across the USA for a total of 5,193 miles, setting a world record. He is now a technology author, futurist, artist, and scientist. See more »

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The movie mentions that people all over the country were watching the telethon, including people from the first gay state, North Dakota. We then see a picture of Mount Rushmore which is in South Dakota See more »

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[opening sequence; two dinosaurs fighting]
Narrator: What you're looking at is downtown Pittsburgh, one million B.C. Those two big guys are fighting for a parking space. This is where our story begins. If they could have just learned to live together like decent human beings, they'd still be around and there never would have been an energy crisis. But they died out, and what was left of them turned into fossil fuel... Oil. See, it's not cute when eleven tons gets cranky. Their problem was they were all ...
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Get A Move On
Written by Eddie Money, Paul Collins and Lloyd Chiate
Performed by Eddie Money
Produced by Bruce Botnick and Eddie Money
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Geez, man! It's not _that_ bad!...
29 May 2015 | by (Taichung, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

At the very least, it can be said that Americathon is a labor of love, turning decent comic professionalism to the holy cause channeling the incomparable humor of Peter Bergman!

And I don't use the word "incomparable" lightly. Bergman (RIP) was a rare and gifted man. Read up on him on Wikipedia... and Firesign heads already know what I'm talking about.

Sure, it's cheezy. But it's self aware in its cheese. The film knows what it wants, and it exerts itself mightily to get it. For the life of me, I can't think why it gets such low marks on IMDb: It's worth at least a 7, for its "period" value, if nothing else.

Check it out.


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