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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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Neal Israel

Writers:

Phil Proctor (play) (as Phillip Proctor), Peter Bergman (play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Korman ... Monty Rushmore
Fred Willard ... Vincent Vanderhoff
Peter Riegert ... Eric McMerkin
Zane Buzby ... Mouling Jackson
Nancy Morgan ... Lucy Beth
John Ritter ... President Chet Roosevelt
Richard Schaal ... Jerry
Allan Arbus ... Moishe Weitzman
Elvis Costello ... Earl Manchester
Chief Dan George ... Sam Birdwater
Tommy Lasorda ... Jimmy Dunphy
Jay Leno ... Larry Miller (Poopy Butt)
Peter Marshall ... Peter Marshall
David Opatoshu ... Abdul Muhammad
Meat Loaf ... Oklahoma Roy Budnitz
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1998 - Die vier Milliarden Dollar Show See more »

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Gross USA:

$6,171,763
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Mouling Jackson: [singing] Don't you ever say 'No' to me / Listen, I'm a lady, period. / Classy, too. / Wont'cha come over here / And I'll prove it to you / And then if you still don't think / I got style and grace / I'm gonna oh, so gracefully / rip the lips off of your face!
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Where's the DVD?
22 May 2005 | by mgconlanSee all my reviews

This is a move that has never got the respect it deserves. I loved it the first time I saw it — its creators were previously involved in the Firesign Theatre comedy troupe and they brought the same envelope-pushing irreverent spirit to it that they had to their great records — and ever since I've never forgiven the critics for savaging it on its initial release. It's the late John Ritter's finest big-screen performance, it contains the last truly great song recorded by the original Beach Boys, Elvis Costello's music video is an added bonus, and though some of the satire is a bit dated, much of it — particularly the idea of how drastically life in this country will change when we inevitably run out of oil — holds up beautifully. I haven't seen this in years but I wanted to post this to defend this marvelous film and demand a DVD release pronto. (Put me down as mgconlan from Tijuana Heights.)


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