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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.

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Sylvia Farrel ...
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Tina Kincaid ...
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David's Secretary
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Patty
Hans Wagner ...
Hans (voice)
Brandy Rubin ...
Paul Dunn's Secretary
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Paul Dunn
Tom Tarpey ...
Brad Tooley
Robert Hughes ...
Security Guard
Raynold Gideon ...
Ray
John Di Fusco ...
Motorcyclist
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Front Desk Clerk
Radu Gavor ...
Bellman
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Storyline

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)  »

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Perdidos en América  »

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When Linda loses all their money gambling, David says that he "feels like he's in The Twilight Zone". Albert Brooks might be referring to _"The Twilight Zone" (1959) {The Fever (#1.17)} in which a man becomes addicted to a slot machine and loses all his and his wife's money. See more »

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The bite marks on the grilled cheese sandwich keep changing. See more »

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David Howard: What's this?
Bellman: Junior bridal suite.
David Howard: Gee, I gave a guy a hundred bucks to get the best bridal suite in the house. Is there a senior bridal suite?
Bellman: I don't know.
David Howard: But I gave him $100.
Bellman: I don't know.
David Howard: Can I get into this room? Is there a big living room that goes here?
Bellman: I don't know.
David Howard: Do you think there'd be a way to get one large heart mattress? I don't think you can push those together.
Bellman: I don't know.
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References It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

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The Big W
(from It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963))
by Ernest Gold
Courtesy of MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group, Inc.
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Hilarious satire from masterful Albert Brooks
17 June 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson have fashioned in their Lost in America screenplay a spot-on portrait of upper middle class malaise and its correspondent affluence atrophy -- and skewered it all with perfect vignettes of accomplished comic finesse. Most fans of this film -- and it certainly has a cult following -- will gleefully cite scenes ranging from the legendary "nest egg" speech to the job service interview as examples of terrific comedy, and I wholeheartedly agree: Lost in America is very funny. Brooks, who not only co-wrote the film but also stars and directs, only falters a bit when it comes to the overall pacing (I thought the section that opens the film spends too much time in Los Angeles before the couple decides to head out for the open road), but this is a minor complaint. Most of the time I am laughing too hard to point out any flaws.


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