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Lost in America (1985)

A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago.



, (as Monica Johnson)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Farrel ...
Tina Kincaid ...
David's Secretary
Hans Wagner ...
Hans (voice)
Brandy Rubin ...
Paul Dunn's Secretary
Paul Dunn
Tom Tarpey ...
Brad Tooley
Robert Hughes ...
Security Guard
Raynold Gideon ...
John Di Fusco ...
Front Desk Clerk
Radu Gavor ...


David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives travelling around America...in a Winnebago! (This is a kind of large, luxurious mobile home which suits a 1980's yuppie more than the counterculture dropout approach of Easy Rider.) His idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to go spectacularly wrong. Written by Reid Gagle

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22 August 1985 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Perdidos en América  »

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Actor-writer-director Albert Brooks has said in a 2012 interview for "The Essentials" that he started working on this film about two years after his previous picture Modern Romance (1981) whom he also co-wrote with this film's co-writer Monica Mcgowan Johnson. See more »


When the characters are supposedly arriving in New York, it can be clearly seen from the position of the Empire State Building that they are travelling the wrong way. See more »


David Howard: Say it! Say it! Say "I lost the nest-egg." Go on, say it!
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Bubbles in the Wine
Written by Bob Calame (uncredited), Frank Loesser (uncredited) and Lawrence Welk (uncredited)
Performed by Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music Makers
Courtesy of Ranwood Records
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One of Brooks' funniest films; the ultimate road trip!
11 April 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

LOST IN AMERICA (1985) ***1/2 Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty, Garry Marshall. Hysterically funny film by Brooks about his character, David Howard, a yuppie who loses his job after his dream of a promotion falls through as an ad exec and decides to take his scatter-brained wife (Hagerty) cross country a la "Easy Rider" but in a Winnebago but gets seriously side-tracked in Las Vegas. Brooks has never been finer and gives the ultimate scene in cinema's history of being fired and quitting at the same time!

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