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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
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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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$10,179,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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

During the final cross-country montage, as they are approaching New York City, we see the Winnebago driving up the exit ramp from the Lincoln Tunnel, with Manhattan visible in the background. That road is taking them away from Manhattan, into New Jersey, not to Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

David Howard: I've seen the future! And it's a bald-headed man from New York!
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Soundtracks

New York, New York
Written by John Kander (uncredited) and Fred Ebb (uncredited)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Bristol Productions, Inc. and Reprise 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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