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Prime Time (1977)

American Raspberry (original title)
R | | Comedy | 1977 (USA)
Some unknown source has interrupted all television transmissions around the world. In place of the regular broadcasts, a lineup of extremely tasteless programs and commercials have been ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Ainsley ...
Guard in Political Speech
Wil Albert ...
Bruno
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Miracle White Announcer
Meridith Baer ...
Switchboard Operator #2 (as Meredith Baer)
Gene Borkan ...
Attendant in Retirement Home
Jordan Brian ...
Boy in Winkles (as Jordon Brian)
Cory 'Bumper' Yothers ...
Boy in Bullseye Frozen Food (as Bumper)
Marianne Bunch ...
Girl on Beach
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Louise (as Twinkie Caplan)
Mel Carter ...
Storefront Person
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Lisa Allen
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Overdrawn Depositor
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Maxine Waldman (as Katherine Dunfee Clark)
Beatrice Colen ...
Mother
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Trucker
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Some unknown source has interrupted all television transmissions around the world. In place of the regular broadcasts, a lineup of extremely tasteless programs and commercials have been substituted. Included in the mix are such show as The Shitheads, The Charles Whitman Invitational, and commercials for a number of improbable products. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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American Raspberry  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Harris Yulin: as Charles Conlin. See more »

Goofs

When the body bag is placed into the overhead compartment on the plane, the person inside can be seen shifting around. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: The Body Shop (2010) See more »

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Funny but forgettable and occasionally dated (unless you were alive when this was made) TV spoof has more hits than misses and is worth seeing
29 April 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Closer to Tunnelvision than Groove Tube or Kentucky Fried Movie, in that it has a connecting plot this movie is pretty much 75 minutes of good TV show and commercial spoofs. The central plot has the President of the United States attempting to find out who is behind the decidedly un-family friendly shows that are playing on TVs across America.

For the most part the movie is full of very funny low brow and topical humor. Some of the topical stuff, the Biafra TV dinner for example, will mean nothing to those who weren't around in 1977 when this was made. If you were around then you'll probably find this very funny. Of course some of the jokes are topical once more with a tobacco ad spoof taking aim at organizations like Save the Children. Much of the humor is very pointed and it would probably be a good guess that it helped keep this from ever being widely released (of course the glut of movies like this didn't help either) If you can find this movie its worth taking 75 minutes to give it a shot (though look for it under the name Prime Time). Odds are you won't remember it in the morning but you will get some laughs out of it.

(Probably of interest to no one: The DVD I saw appears to have been made from an unmasked print which frequently allows lights, microphones and other goodies to be seen on the edges of the screen.)


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