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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 ...
Receptionist
Tina Kincaid ...
Model
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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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The scenes shot at America's famous concrete arch-gravity Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River were filmed on both its Nevada and Arizona sides of the site which was formerly once known as the Boulder Dam. See more »

Goofs

In the final montage, between Newnan, Georgia (where David tosses the map out the window), and the approach to Atlanta, there is a shot of a water tower shaped like a giant peach. They would likely pass this water tower on their journey, but it is located in Gaffney, South Carolina, and not southwest of Atlanta as implied. See more »

Quotes

David Howard: Why don't you spend $10,000? You could rent the Goodyear blimp, fly around and flash positive things!
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)
Written by Quincy Jones (uncredited), Rod Temperton (uncredited) and Merria Ross (uncredited)
Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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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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