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Americathon (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 10 August 1979 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
President Chet Roosevelt
Monty Rushmore
Vincent Vanderhoff
Sam Birdwater
Richard Schaal ...
Eric McMerkin
Lucy Beth
Mouling Jackson
Oklahoma Daredevil, Roy Budnitz
The Earl of Manchester
Danny Olson (as Terry McGovern)
Jimmy Dunphy
Kip Margolis
Larry Miller (Poopy Butt)


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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Watch Meatloaf Battle A Car
17 March 1999 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

It's 1998, America is out of gas both literally and figuratively. People live in permanently parked cars, walking, jogging and biking to work.

When a Native American billionaire who loaned money to the government to cover the national debt threatens to foreclose on the nation, a telethon is held to raise the money to save the country.

An early work from Neal Israel, the man who would later create such classics as the *original* "Police Academy" and "Real Genius," the movie brims with humorous high-concept jokes. For example, in schemes to raise money, San Diego is sold to Mexico and a daredevil (played by Meatloaf) battles a car.

Aside from the comedy, there's a great soundtrack with songs by the Beach Boys and Elvis Costello (who makes a cameo appearance). One of my favorite films of the late 70's, this is a great addition to anyone's video collection.

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