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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 ...
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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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According to Albert Brooks, the Linda Howard character played by Julie Hagerty was partially inspired by co-writer Monica Mcgowan Johnson who herself actually did enjoy gambling in real life. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

David Howard: Did you ever see "Easy Rider"?
Employment Agent: No. But I saw "Easy Money." Rodney Dangerfield, I like him.
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References The Fountainhead (1949) 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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Great comedy, and quite an 80's time capsule.
27 December 2000 | by (woodbridge, VA) – See all my reviews

Lost In America is one of those movies that I always meant to see, but never remembered to rent. A few weeks ago, I finally got a chance to see it, and I loved it.

Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty are perfect as the classic yuppie couple that decide to set out on the open road after a series of strange circumstances. Brooks' rave-out on his boss at the beginning of the film is priceless, as is his interaction with the unemployment office worker in the midwest... "I'll just check my $100,000 a year job file." Brooks is also great when he tries to reason with the casino owner, and arguing with Hagerty over her inability to use the words "nest" and "egg". "From now on, birds live in ROUND STICKS!!!, for breakfast, you will have THINGS over easy!!!!"

Most of the best dialogue and scenes are delivered from Brooks, but Hagerty is quite good as well, as the timid wife whos honest, yet HUGE blunder sets the tone for the rest of the film.

My only complaint is that it seemed about a half hour too short. When they decide to return to New York, I would've allowed one more wacky situation on the way back home, but it was not to be. It left me feeling that the ending was a bit rushed. But this is a minor complaint from a great film that deserves to be seen over and over.


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