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Americathon (1979)

 -  Comedy  -  10 August 1979 (USA)
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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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Himself
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Storyline

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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10 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Americanada 1998  »

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Dorothy Stratten appears in an uncredited role wearing a Playboy Bunny style costume in the scene where Roy Budnitz donates blood. 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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10 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like the wacky comedy of John Ritter of Harvey Korman, this is the movie for you. This film has a star-studded cast that can only be rivaled by an episode of "The Love Boat"! Such stars as Fred Willard (Roseanne, Fernwood2Nite), Meat Loaf (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Elvis Costello and the irrepressible George Carlin as the narrator contribute to this movie's legacy. See how the world has decided the peace is better than war. See if the leaders of the powerful "Hebrab Republic" can stop looking at blondes long enough to buy the US. Vietnam as SE Asia's "French Riviera" (what a prediction!) Show you patriotism and see if President Roosevelt's idea can save the US (minus San Diego)!


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