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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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Details

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,171,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,171,763
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: Everyone all across the country was watching the telethon. From what was left of New York, to the first all-gay state, North Dakota. All eyes were glued to their sets...
[shot of men at stand-up urinals watching television]
Narrator: ...which in some cases, ruined a lot of good shoes.
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My Life
Written by Earl Brown
Performed by Harvey Korman
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It Was Something Different For One Great Actor
10 May 2008 | by parkerr86302See 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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