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Americathon (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 10 August 1979 (USA)
In a story told in narrative flashbacks, a young TV consultant is hired by the President of a bankrupt USA to organize a telethon in order to prevent the country from being repossessed by wealthy Native Americans.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Monty Rushmore
... Vincent Vanderhoff
... Eric McMerkin
... Mouling Jackson
... Lucy Beth
... President Chet Roosevelt
... Jerry
... Moishe Weitzman
... Earl Manchester
... Sam Birdwater
... Jimmy Dunphy
... Larry Miller (Poopy Butt)
... Peter Marshall
... Abdul Muhammad
... Oklahoma Roy Budnitz
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In the not too distant future, the United States government is virtually bankrupt and in danger of being foreclosed on by a group of Native Americans, now owners of the massive Nike Corporation. A desperate President decides to make a last-ditch effort to save the country... by raising money with a telethon! Written by <mycroft@reactiveware.com>

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The ultimate spectacle is now a movie.

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Comedy

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10 August 1979 (USA)  »

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1998 - Die vier Milliarden Dollar Show  »

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$6,171,763
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1.85 : 1
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Dorothy Stratten appears in an uncredited role wearing a Playboy Bunny style costume in the scene where Roy Budnitz donates blood. See more »

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The movie mentions that people all over the country were watching the telethon, including people from the first gay state, North Dakota. We then see a picture of Mount Rushmore which is in South Dakota See more »

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Western White House Tour Guide: All right, people, let's move it! Please, ma'am, no spitting in the hallway!
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Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
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Written by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward
Performed by 3 Gals, 3 Guitars (aka The DelRubio Triplets)
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Harbinger of doom!
4 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I will give the film points for being extremely prescient. The year is 1998. The world is completely out of oil and America is deep in debt thanks to dimwit President Chet Roosevelt (Ritter) who was elected by a TV worshiping public merely because of the family name. Sound familiar? Scary! Anyway, Chet and media specialist Riegert decide to hold a 30 day telethon to save America (home to the first gay state North Dakota!). To host it they choose washed up actor Monty Rushmore (Korman), who is now the pill popping star of a cross dressing sitcom called "Both Mother and Father." But sneaky Presidential aide Vincent Vanderhoff (Willard) wants this to fail so the Hebarabs (the Jews and Arabs have joined forces) can take over America. His plan? Booking only ventriloquist acts. Whew!

Wow, how can a film starring Peter Riegert, Harvey Korman, Fred Willard and John Ritter be so painfully unfunny? I only laughed once during this futuristic comedy (at a joke involving Peter Marshall!). Director Neal Israel really blows it here. He has no idea how to set up a proper sight gag and everyone seems so subdued. The whole time I kept thinking how much better it would be if Mel Brooks had directed it. The only lively performance is by Zane Busby as Vietnamese "puke rock" sensation Mouling Jackson. Bizarre cameos include Meat Loaf, Elvis Costello and Jay Leno.


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