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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Narrator: President Roosevelt was a successful graduate of EST, Scientology, TM and Primal Grope Therapy. And he was elected on a platform unique in American political history: "I'm not a schmuck!" Even though that was Chet's only campaign promise, it looked like it would be a tough one to keep.
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Did Bill Clinton take lessons from John Ritter?
3 August 2002 | by rlcsljoSee all my reviews

Although the politics of this film is firmly rooted in the seventies, the sexuality is firmly rooted in the nineties. Bill Clinton was supposedly a knock off of Jack Kennedy, but he seems to have taken more lessons for John Ritter in this movie.

The mistress, the sleazy show business connections and scandals. This movie is almost scary.


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