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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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
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 »
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 »
[in a press conference]
God knows I am a patriot. I loaned the country 400 Billion. And I want my 400 Billion back. Does that make me a bad guy? I've got to eat too, you know! So I'm giving the President until the end of September this year to pay me back, or I'll be forced to foreclose. What can I do? I've got to eat too, you know! Does that make me a bad guy?
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At the very least, it can be said that Americathon is a labor of love, turning decent comic professionalism to the holy cause channeling the incomparable humor of Peter Bergman!
And I don't use the word "incomparable" lightly. Bergman (RIP) was a rare and gifted man. Read up on him on Wikipedia... and Firesign heads already know what I'm talking about.
Sure, it's cheezy. But it's self aware in its cheese. The film knows what it wants, and it exerts itself mightily to get it. For the life of me, I can't think why it gets such low marks on IMDb: It's worth at least a 7, for its "period" value, if nothing else.
Check it out.
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