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Lost in America (1985)

R | | Comedy | 8 February 1985 (USA)
2:40 | Trailer
A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago.


Albert Brooks


Albert Brooks, Monica Mcgowan Johnson (as Monica Johnson)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Brooks ... David Howard
Julie Hagerty ... Linda Howard
Sylvia Farrel Sylvia Farrel ... Receptionist
Tina Kincaid Tina Kincaid ... Model
Candy Ann Brown ... David's Secretary
Maggie Roswell ... Patty
Hans Wagner Hans Wagner ... Hans (voice)
Brandy Rubin Brandy Rubin ... Paul Dunn's Secretary
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Paul Dunn
Tom Tarpey ... Brad Tooley
Robert Hughes Robert Hughes ... Security Guard
Raynold Gideon ... Ray
John Di Fusco John Di Fusco ... Motorcyclist
Michael Cornelison ... Front Desk Clerk
Radu Gavor Radu Gavor ... Bellman


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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Did You Know?


The type of caravan-home RV vehicle that the Howards go cross-country across America in was a Winnebago. See more »


The bite marks on the grilled cheese sandwich keep changing. See more »


David Howard: As the boldest experiment in advertising history, you give us our money back.
Desert Inn Casino Manager: I beg your pardon?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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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Highly recommended for Albert Brooks fans and for adults facing a midlife crisis. Not suited for younger people who wish for a dynamic straight comedy.
17 July 2018 | by imseegSee all my reviews

"Lost In America" is a subtle, slowburning comedy portraying all the troubles that will rain down on you, once you decide to drop out (as an older adult) in a motorhome and start roaming the United States of America. (Avoid Nevada, by the way...)

The good: the midlife crisis jokes are subtle, yet true to life and spot on. Many married adults, grinding away at their boring jobs will surely find recognition in this story about wanting to break free from all the shackles that the daily boring work routine presses down upon us.

Any bad? The humour of director, writer and actor Albert Brooks is probably only suited for a smaller audience, who can appreciate some typical slowburning and subtle midlife crisis humour. Younger people who long for a fast and straight funny movie might find it boring.

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8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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$154,877, 17 March 1985

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1.85 : 1
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