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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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Monty Rushmore
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Vincent Vanderhoff
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Eric McMerkin
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Mouling Jackson
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Lucy Beth
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President Chet Roosevelt
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Jerry
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Moishe Weitzman
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Earl Manchester
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Sam Birdwater
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Jimmy Dunphy
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Larry Miller (Poopy Butt)
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Peter Marshall
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Abdul Muhammad
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Oklahoma Roy Budnitz
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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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During the fight scene between Oklahoma Daredevil Roy Budnitz (Meat Loaf) and the only running car left (Camaro) the wheels change shot to shot, from high-end honeycomb alloy wheels to basic steel rally wheels. 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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Lucy Beth: [Answering the phone at the Western White House] Hi! United States of America!... No, this is Lucy... Oh! Yes, Mr. Ambassador! I'll tell him you called!
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Features The Animal World (1956) See more »

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Crawling to the U.S.A.
Written and Performed by Elvis Costello
Produced by Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello
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What if Jerry Brown had become President and Linda Ronstadt "First Girlfriend?"
19 April 2001 | by (San Diego, California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Time capsule of 1970's California life-style...or where it seemed to be headed in the next decade. In the opening we see the residents of California living in permanently parked cars and commuting to work via various bicycles, skateboards, and people-powered scooters. John Ritter plays President Chet Roosevelt, a thinly veiled spoof of then California governor and presidential hopeful Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown (he dated roller skating rock star Linda Ronstadt and slept on a futon). This movie asks the question, what if Jerry became president and Linda the "First Girlfriend?" John Ritter's real life wife Nancy Morgan plays Lucy Beth, President Chet's roller-skating girlfriend. In the eighties the United States is broke and the President decides to throw a telethon on television to raise money. At the time this film was made, most television markets had no more than a few stations and watching Jerry Lewis struggle to keep awake during the MDA telethon was an interesting phenomena. Here Harvey Korman hosts an endless list of bad acts that foreshadows the humor of SCTV. Most of the humor here would be lost on anyone too young to remember the 70's or for those who don't really want to remember. Though the film takes place in the "future" eighties, for campy fun Americathon is an interesting time-capsule of the issues ripe for spoofing at the time.


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