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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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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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Americanada 1998  »

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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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Morning Radio Announcer: [in an overly cheerful voice] ... and we're going to have a complete report right here on K-BOB at 11 tonight! And now the weather. Beautiful beach day if you can get there! Freeway condition's heavy. This report brought to you by Magic Seat! The bicycle seat that fits you like a glove, and grabs you like a friend! And now, here they are, still going strong after 40 years, the Beach Boys!
[lead into "It's A Beautiful Day" by the Beach Boys]
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Cast is game...script and direction is lame
27 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somewhere in "Americathon" there is a great movie that has been buried in mediocrity. The unbelievably clever idea of a national telethon to save the country from bankruptcy could have been turned into a classic comedy. Unfortunately a phenomenal cast is mostly wasted by the cartoon-like script. This leaves the viewer feeling cheated, because what you get is not quite a musical with some comedy, nor is it a comedy with some music. High in concept but dull on delivery, "Americathon" is just too lame. The only real highlights are Jay Leno's prizefight with his mother, Zane Busby's interaction with John Ritter, and the Beach Boys song that opens and closes the film. What "Americathon" needed was a director like Paul Bartel. Paul Bartel was willing to take chances (see "Eating Raoul") Neil Israel played it way too close to the vest and lost. - MERK


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