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Americathon -- In 1998 the world's oil supply is exhausted. The U.S. Treasury is empty and in deep debt to a billionaire businessman who'll foreclose on the nation in 30 days.


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Release Date:
10 August 1979 (USA) See more »
The ultimate spectacle is now a movie.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Ritter ... President Chet Roosevelt

Harvey Korman ... Monty Rushmore

Fred Willard ... Vincent Vanderhoff

Chief Dan George ... Sam Birdwater
Richard Schaal ... Jerry

Peter Riegert ... Eric McMerkin

Nancy Morgan ... Lucy Beth

Zane Buzby ... Mouling Jackson

Meat Loaf ... Oklahoma Daredevil, Roy Budnitz

Elvis Costello ... The Earl of Manchester

Terence McGovern ... Danny Olson (as Terry McGovern)

Tommy Lasorda ... Jimmy Dunphy

Howard Hesseman ... Kip Margolis

Jay Leno ... Larry Miller (Poopy Butt)

Peter Marshall ... Himself

Nellie Bellflower ... Missy, VP Advertising
Jimmy Weldon ... Big Jim, VP Research
Robert Beer ... David Eisenhower

Allan Arbus ... Moishe Weitzman

David Opatoshu ... Abdul Muhammad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Ahlman

Geno Andrews ... Chris Broder
Selma Archerd ... Telethon Phone Celebrity
Stan Barrett ... Stage Hand
Elizabeth Barrington
Bobby Baum ... Tailor
Sophia Bibbs
Eric Boles
May Boss ... Adele Miller
Bruce Brann
Jimmy Briscoe
Alison Brown ... Americathon stage dancer
Jim Burke ... Commando #1
Tony Cappola

Elizabeth Carder ... Clergy

George Carlin ... Narrator
Carl Carlsson ... Juggler (as Carl Carlson)
Ruth Carlsson ... Juggler (as Ruth Carlson)

John Carradine ... Uncle Sam (scenes deleted)
David S. Cass Sr. ... Commando #2 (as Dave Cass)
Olesley Cole ... Costumer
Maurice Cook (as Maurice Cooke)
Regis Cordic ... Herb
John Creamer ... Oliver Holmes
Frank Delfino
Darlene Joy Dirkquist ... Monty's Girl #1
Terry Donohue ... Technical Director
Frank Fabio
Carmen Fanzone
Joe Finnegan ... Assistant Electrician

George Fisher ... Al Feisal
Lenard George ... Lenny Birdwater
Greta Stephanie Gratz ... Princess Birdwater
Merrill Hardy
Karen Hartman
Steven Hauptman ... Bicyclist
Chester Hayes
Sosimo Hernandez ... Juan Flan
Dede Howard ... Cindy
Georgi Irene ... Baby Irene
Jeannine Irene ... Irene's Mother
Neal Israel ... Rabbi Protester
Keenan Jackson
Jef Labes ... Band Member
Althea Lawton ... Sherri
Jerry Layne
Gene LeBell ... Referee
Eric Lee

Fred Lerner ... Commando #3
Lori Lieberman ... Singer (as Lori Leiberman)
Anita Liebert

John Lone ... Chinese
Christopher Lowry
Dom Magwili ... Mouling's Manager
Jerry Maren
Jamie Masada ... Commando #5 (as Jaime Mizada)
Ronald J. May
John Mayhan
Mike McCartney ... Ventriliquist #2
Mike H. McGaughy ... Commando #4
George Memmoli ... Pinky Fun

Michael Mislove ... Mickey
Linda Montana
Harry Monty
Rollin Moriyama ... Chinese
Art Musto
Henry Newmark
Johnny Oliver
Valerie Danielle Perri ... T.V. Production Assistant
Tom Platz

David Pomeranz ... Singer

J.A. Preston ... Morty
Ron Prince ... Head Electrician
Damon Bradley Raskin ... Timmy (as Damon Raskin)
Richard Reicheg ... Commando #6
Joe Rizkallah ... Commando #7
Jay Ross ... Cameraman
Richard Rossington

Zelda Rubinstein
Teri Schwartz ... Tourist

Cybill Shepherd ... Gold Girl
Fred Spencer
Janie Squire ... Student
Doug Steckler ... Reporter #2

Jake Steinfeld (as Jake Steinfeldt)
Kal Szkalak (as Kalman Z. Szkalak)
Kurt Taylor ... Reporter #1
Dennis Tinerino

Ben Fong Torres ... Chinese
Willie Tyler (as William Tyler)
Skeeter Vaughan
Ilona Wilson ... Monty's Girl #2 (as Ilona V. Wilson)
Cynthia Windham ... Dancer
Dick Winslow

Gary Wood ... Paul Claude Terrando
Smith Wordes ... Dancer
Mitsu Yashima ... Chinese
Jim Yosenchak
Pat Zicari
Cynthia Zigeti ... Secretary

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Eadie Del Rubio ... Singing Guitarist (uncredited)
Elena Del Rubio ... Singing Guitarist (uncredited)
Milly Del Rubio ... Singing Gutarist (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... On the Telephone (uncredited)

Dorothy Stratten ... Americathon Stage Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Neal Israel 
Writing credits
Phil Proctor (play) (as Phillip Proctor) &
Peter Bergman (play)

Phil Proctor (adaptation) (as Phillip Proctor) &
Peter Bergman (adaptation)

Neal Israel (screenplay) &
Michael Mislove (screenplay) &
Monica Mcgowan Johnson (screenplay) (as Monica Johnson)

Produced by
David Nichols .... associate producer
Edward Rosen .... executive producer
Joe Roth .... producer
Original Music by
Tom Scott 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld 
Film Editing by
David Blangsted 
John C. Howard (supervising editor)
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
Costume Design by
Daniel Paredes 
Makeup Department
Benjamin Douglas .... makeup artist (as Benjamin V. Douglas)
Virginia G. Hadfield .... hair stylist (as Virginia Hadfield)
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Baran .... first assistant director
Stan Jolley .... second unit director
William R. Lasky .... key second assistant director
Alice West .... key second assistant director
Art Department
Ian Campbell .... graphics
Howard Cole .... second prop man (as Howard R. Cole)
Olesley Cole .... assistant prop man
Mark Fabus .... set designer (as Mark L. Fabus)
Thomas Gark .... property master
Phil Garner .... additional graphics
Richard D. Kent .... set director
Tony Silver .... americathon logo by
C.D. Taylor .... graphics
Randal Woodward .... stand-by painter
Robert L. Anderson .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Paul J. Campanella .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Max Montoya .... swing gang (uncredited)
Fred Morrison .... swing gang (uncredited)
Joseph M. Posateri .... swing gang (uncredited)
Gene Poseteri .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer (as Lester Fresholtz)
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects supervisor
Dick Kupper .... dialogue editor
James LaRue .... sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
Phil Mitchell Jr. .... boom man (as Phil Mitchell)
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Forest Williams .... boom man (as Forrest R. Williams)
Joe Finnegan .... stunt coordinator
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Bohny .... camera operator
Marvin E. Cody .... second grip
John Greene .... electrician (as John C. Greene)
Michael Laws .... electrician (as Michael J. Laws)
Daniel D. Nowack .... grip
Brice Porter .... electrician (as Brice D. Porter)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tony Rivetti .... steadicam
Ed Simmonds .... electrician
Alex Skvorzov .... best boy
Gerald Szillinsky .... grip (as Gerald T. Szillinsky)
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... second assistant camera
Louis Tobin .... gaffer
Bob West .... key grip (as Robert West)
Charles Williams .... dolly grip
Marv Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Eve Brandstein .... casting executive
Robin Stoltz .... casting: telethon
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andy Hylton .... costumer (as Andrew R. Hylton)
Jane Ruhm .... costumer: women
Mel Sawicki .... assistant costumer (as Melvin F. Sawicki)
Editorial Department
John C. Howard .... supervising editor
Mary Scott .... assistant film editor
Bobbie Shapiro .... assistant film editor (as Bobby Shapiro)
Russel Wiles .... assistant film editor
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Pam O'Har .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Bodie Chandler .... music supervisor
Dick DeBenedictis .... additional orchestrations
Jay Levy .... executive in charge of music
John E. Oliver .... music production coordinator (as Johnny Oliver)
D'Vaughn Pershing .... additional orchestrations
George Probert .... music editor
Ken Runyon .... music editor
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
James M. Downs .... driver (uncredited)
John Downs .... driver (uncredited)
Bill Gray .... driver (uncredited)
Michael McDuffee .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Henry Richard Sanders .... driver (uncredited)
Gary Vermillion .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Marisa Alcaraz .... production coordinator
Tita Bell .... secretary
David Chaves .... assistant choreographer
Michael Dilbeck .... liaison: CBS
Francis X. Feighan .... unit publicist
Althea Lawton .... secretary to the director (as Althea Lawton Pomeranz)
Stuart Lippman .... script supervisor
Laura McInteer-Rimpau .... auditor
Michael Mislove .... production consultant
Jaime Rogers .... choreographer
Scott Winant .... assistant to director
Tina Winkler .... secretary to the producer
Smith Wordes .... assistant choreographer
Kendall Knapp .... medic (uncredited)
Roland T. Love .... craft service (uncredited)
Donna Nichols-Laster .... payroll (uncredited)

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86 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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During the fight scene between Oklahoma Daredevil Roy Budnitz (Meat Loaf) and the only running car left (Camaro) the wheel change from shot to shot from higher end honey Combe alloy wheels to basic steel rally wheels.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 DakotaSee more »
Sam Birdwater:[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?See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Rent It, 20 May 2001
Author: tmsindc-2 from Washington, D.C

Do not watch this movie on television. Rent it! The jokes are too fast and too subtle to get in a single viewing with commerical interruptions and no ability to rewind and double-check a gag. Like the orginal "Airplane" the funniest parts of the movie take place in the background. If you blink or miss a phrase, then you will miss the joke.

For example by 1998:

Japan defeated and annexed the Soviet Union in nuclear war;

Britain became America's 42nd State;

the monarch formerly known as Prince Charles is the host at an amusement park called "Limeyland"

Isreal and Egypt (?) Saudi Arabia (?) are conspiring to rule the world; and

NIKE stands for "National Indian Knitting Enterprises"

In short, rent this movie but be quick with the rewind button.....

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