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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Dorothy Stratten appears in an uncredited role wearing a Playboy Bunny style costume in the scene where Roy Budnitz donates blood. See more »
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 »
[commenting on the telethon performers]
Hard to believe all the these people, independently, came up with this for a career.
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Do not watch this movie on television. Rent it! The jokes are too fast and too subtle to get in a single viewing with commerical interruptions and no ability to rewind and double-check a gag. Like the orginal "Airplane" the funniest parts of the movie take place in the background. If you blink or miss a phrase, then you will miss the joke.
For example by 1998:
Japan defeated and annexed the Soviet Union in nuclear war;
Britain became America's 42nd State;
the monarch formerly known as Prince Charles is the host at an amusement park called "Limeyland"
Isreal and Egypt (?) Saudi Arabia (?) are conspiring to rule the world; and
NIKE stands for "National Indian Knitting Enterprises"
In short, rent this movie but be quick with the rewind button.....
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