America has been bloodlessly taken over by the Soviet Union, leading to slave-labor camps for some, collaboration for others and rebellion for yet others.
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1987  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Devin Milford 6 episodes, 1987
...  Peter Bradford 6 episodes, 1987
...  Marion Andrews 6 episodes, 1987
...  Colonel Andrei Denisov 6 episodes, 1987
...  Amanda Bradford 6 episodes, 1987
...  General Petya Samanov 6 episodes, 1987
...  Ward Milford 6 episodes, 1987
...  Dr. Alan Drummond 6 episodes, 1987
...  Will Milford 6 episodes, 1987
...  Clayton Cullen 6 episodes, 1987
...  Major Helmut Gurtman 6 episodes, 1987
...  Alethea Milford 6 episodes, 1987
...  Jeffrey Wyman 5 episodes, 1987
...  Dieter Heinlander 5 episodes, 1987
...  Kimberly Ballard 5 episodes, 1987
...  Jackie Bradford 5 episodes, 1987
Steve Drury ...  Scott 5 episodes, 1987
Don Reilly ...  Justin Milford 4 episodes, 1987
Patricia Idlette ...  Melanie Blackstone 4 episodes, 1987
Errol Slue ...  Reverend Blackstone 4 episodes, 1987
Kelly Proctor ...  Billy Milford 3 episodes, 1987
...  Young Caleb 3 episodes, 1987
Jason Wild ...  Youth Communist Leader 2 episodes, 1987
...  Betty Milford 2 episodes, 1987
...  Laird 2 episodes, 1987
...  President 2 episodes, 1987
...  Sally, VFA 2 episodes, 1987
...  Herb Lister 2 episodes, 1987
Richard Blackburn ...  KGB Agent 2 episodes, 1987
...  Undercover Rebel 2 episodes, 1987
Sheila Lynn Buckley ...  Modern Dance Judge 2 episodes, 1987
Marek Krawczyk ...  Mental Hospital Patient 2 episodes, 1987
...  Dierdre's Mother 2 episodes, 1987
Timothy Skulish ...  Body Guard 2 episodes, 1987
Sam Stone ...  Rebel 2 episodes, 1987
Toby Tarnow ...  Helen 2 episodes, 1987
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America has been bloodlessly taken over by the Soviet Union, leading to slave-labor camps for some, collaboration for others and rebellion for yet others. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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1997. The world is different. The dream is the same. Let freedom ring.

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15 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Miehitetty Amerikka  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Kris Kristofferson insisted on removing unfavorable references to the United Nations. See more »

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Dieter Heinlander: America is now part of the history of Communism. Interesting way to think of it, wouldn't you say?
Gerta: We would have been better off in East Germany.
Dieter Heinlander: Yes... it's one of life's little jokes.
Gerta: At least, there, we grew up in it.
Dieter Heinlander: But we didn't stay... maybe we are just meant to be outsiders.
[to Devin]
Dieter Heinlander: A little bit like you.
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Big, bloated, empty-headed mess
21 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was too young to have viewed this movie when it originally aired, but my parents taped it and for some reason kept it around for thirteen years. I finally decided to give it a whirl, thinking it would be an adaptation of the Franz Kafka story (I know, I know.....). This was my first mistake.

My second mistake was actually watching the thing at all. At 870 minutes, this makes the 10-hour "The 10th Kingdom" seem like a short subject by comparison, yet the whole thing could have easily been pared down by half without compromising the storyline. Why? Simple: the plot is pathetic. You would think that by 1987 people would have realized the Soviet Union was NEVER going to take over the U.S., but I guess someone forgot to tell writer-director Donald Wrye, since he insists on rehashing the tired old "communist subversion" schtick that went out -- and deservedly so -- in the mid-60s. The dialogue is corny and hackneyed and seems to begin repeating itself at the halfway mark, while the direction is uninspired (although pretty much average by TV movie standards). Sam Neill manages to maintain his dignity in this midst of all this nonsense, but everyone else comes out looking as silly as the film itself.

By itself, "Amerika" is harmless piffle that, if nothing else, would make a good double bill with "Dr. Strangelove," which so effectively manages to ridicule and ultimately destroy the reactionary plot. But the ideology behind the story, and the reactions it has inspired among some of my fellow IMDb reviewers, is completely idiotic, almost frightening. The series' ultimate and highly questionable message is that we should remain ever vigilant against the communist threat, and that it will take any guise need be to bring down our society from within -- latter-day McCarthyism if I ever heard it. Thank goodness this 870-pound turkey is scarcely remembered today.


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