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America (1986)

R | | Comedy | October 1986 (USA)
The zany crew of a New York cable television station accidentally bounce a signal off the moon, bringing them worldwide attention.


Robert Downey Sr.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Zack Norman ... Terrance Hackley
Tammy Grimes ... Joy Hackley
Michael J. Pollard ... Bob Jolly
Richard Belzer ... Gypsy Beam
Monroe Arnold Monroe Arnold ... Floyd Praeger
Liz Torres ... Dolores Frantico
Pablo Ferro ... Hector Frantico
David Kerman David Kerman ... Mr. Management
Howard Thomashefsky Howard Thomashefsky ... Earl Justice
Michael Bahr Michael Bahr ... Martin Lang
Laura Ashton Laura Ashton ... Tina Lyle
F.D. Herrick F.D. Herrick ... Mr. Hackley
Evelyn Zuker Evelyn Zuker ... Mrs. Hackley
Robert Downey Jr. ... Paulie Hackley
Lori Ann Zuker Lori Ann Zuker ... Tracy Hackley


The zany crew of a New York cable television station accidentally bounce a signal off the moon, bringing them worldwide attention.

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The Original Outrageous Comedy That Will Take You Away From it All!





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America - the good and the bad.
19 February 2003 | by JWFlemSee all my reviews

This film is pretty good, in fact it has a lot of the characteristics that are in all of Downey's best work: the weird dialogue, the almost rhythmic way in which certain characters repeat phrases throughout the film, not so much a real plot as an assemblage of vignettes involving eccentric characters, and just the way a joke's punch line can leave one as much bewildered as amused, like coming in after the joke has already started...you don't get what the punch line refers to but it sounds funny in an absurd way. My favorite character was the main anchor man, played by Earl Thomashefsky, with the over the top hair piece, who still lives with his mother, always needs $10 for reasons never divulged, and yells as he reads the news. Michael J. Pollard as a womanizer is a hoot as well. Plus, Zack Norman really does pull off wearing a skirt and still looking manly and ready for "Action News". What drags this film down is the music which is straight up trite, especially the theme song. The score almost ruins certain scenes, silence would have been preferable. Plus Richard Belzer's comedy routine after he drives through the studio's brick wall during the news cast is not very funny, and it takes up way too much time, killing the rhythm mentioned earlier. Nevertheless, the film is not nearly as bad as many reviews would have you think. Downey's worst effort is still more enjoyable than a lot of other people's best films and it may not be PUTNEY SWOPE or even MOMENT TO MOMENT but AMERICA is very much worth checking out.

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October 1986 (USA) See more »

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Moonbeam See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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ASA Communications See more »
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