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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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10 August 1979 (USA)  »

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$6,171,763
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As part of the promotion for this film's release in 1979, Ted Coombs traveled on roller-skates across the USA for a total of 5,193 miles, setting a world record. He is now a technology author, futurist, artist, and scientist. See more »

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When Monty Rushmore is shot, he grabs his left side, just over his hip. Later, there is a bloody bandage on his left shoulder. See more »

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News Reporter: Mr. Vanderhoff, would you care to comment on the rumor that President Roosevelt has been assassinated?
Vincent Vanderhoff: [to the assembled reporters] Guys, how am I supposed to know that? I haven't been upstairs yet. Excuse me.
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Crawling to the U.S.A.
Written and Performed by Elvis Costello
Produced by Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello
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It Was Something Different For One Great Actor
10 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

AMERICATHON is not a great movie, but it is not as bad as many have said. I really can add nothing to existing reviews, but I wish to point out a couple of things you may not have realized.

The always fine Canadian Indian actor Chief Dan George plays a wealthy businessman in the film. This was the ONLY film he ever made that did not trade on his typecasting as an elderly Indian. He actually got to do something different---pity it was not in a better film.

The great actor John Carradine filmed a brief scene as a drunken Uncle Sam, which ended up on the cutting room floor, sadly for Carradine fans.


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