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Americathon (1979)

PG  |   |  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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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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It Was Something Different For One Great Actor
10 May 2008 | by (arizona) – See all my reviews

AMERICATHON is not a great movie, but it is not as bad as many have said. I really can add nothing to existing reviews, but I wish to point out a couple of things you may not have realized.

The always fine Canadian Indian actor Chief Dan George plays a wealthy businessman in the film. This was the ONLY film he ever made that did not trade on his typecasting as an elderly Indian. He actually got to do something different---pity it was not in a better film.

The great actor John Carradine filmed a brief scene as a drunken Uncle Sam, which ended up on the cutting room floor, sadly for Carradine fans.


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