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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 30, 2010
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Ritter, Harvey Korman, Fred Willard, Peter Riegert, Zane Buzby, Nancy Morgan, Elvis Costello & Jay Leno|
|Performer:||Meat Loaf, George Carlin & Chief Dan George|
|Directed by||Neal Israel|
|Narrated by||George Carlin|
|Composition by||Tom Scott|
|Produced by||Joe Roth|
Rating: 0.5/4 -- Americathon is a puerile exploitation of one very thin joke during 98 very long minutes. Full Review
Description by OLDIES.com:
In 1998 the world's oil supply is exhausted. The U.S. Treasury is empty and in deep debt to a billionaire businessman (Chief Dan George) who'll foreclose on the nation in 30 days. The solution: a telethon to save Uncle Sam from bankruptcy. And with this way-out-there premise as a launching pad, Americathon explodes into comic outer space. Written by Firesign Theatre veterans Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman, this wickedly funny - and 30 years later, outrageously timely - escapade stars Harvey Korman as an ego-tripping emcee, Fred Willard as a scheming White House aide and John Ritter as a mellow fellow of a President. Has the country got a prayer when the people running the show haven't got a clue? Tune in to this all-stops-out extravaganza of hilarity and - strange but true - foreboding.
The President of America realizes the government's debt can only be paid by having a massive telethon - don't laugh! The screenplay was by members of the comedy troupe, "Firesign Theatre."