In a small town in rural Kansas, a troubled veteran attempts to restore an old merry-go-round ride.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The American Soldier
Jess's daughter
Mike the garageman
Arnold Herzstein ...
Old Storekeeper
Sandy Ignon ...
John / Jack (as John Barrymore III)
Greg Walker ...
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Glenna Walters ...
Old Lady
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Wrecking Yard Man
Claire Townsend ...
Rick Van Ness ...
Grateful Dead Fan
Buz Storch ...
New Storekeeper
Jake (as Dan Haggarty)


In a small town in rural Kansas, a troubled veteran attempts to restore an old merry-go-round ride.

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There's a dark horse in the American Dream.




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Based on the book The Perfect Round, by Henry Morton Robinson. See more »


This may or may not be an error, but his beret is brown at the start of the film and becomes green before he loses it. But maybe he had two. It also is worn in a style that is most definitely not U.S. military. But maybe that's intentional. Paratroopers in the service (he's supposed to be former 101st Airborne) wore maroon berets, not brown or green. Special Forces wore green ones. But again, maybe that's all intentional. See more »


Let Me Take You Around
Written by David Carradine
Sung by Calista Carradine and David Carradine
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Understated to the extreme ......
30 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Americana" is one laid back film. David Carradine wanders into a small Kansas town, evoking curiosity among the locals, as to why his obsession with repairing an old carousel. That's it, and if that sounds like not much of a plot, you are correct. With non actors playing the folksy inhabitants, Barbara Hershey in a rather meaningless role, and Carradine sleepwalking, the movie totally lacks momentum. One curious aspect is a nice assortment of dogs that appear throughout. You can try and imagine meaning in every scene, but my take is that this is simply a very understated film, that demands extreme patience to finish. Not really boring, but far from exciting. - MERK

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