Americathon

77
  • PG
  • Genre(s):Comedy
  • Release year: 1979
  • Running time: 86 min
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.read more
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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.

Original Release

08/10/1979

US Release

08/10/1979

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Directors

Neal Israel

Writers

Michael Mislove, Neal Israel, Phil Proctor, Peter Bergman, Monica Mcgowan Johnson

Cast

Producers

Editors

John C. Howard, David Blangsted

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