Americathon

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy

Shoddy comedy with a potentially funny premise. It is 1998. Chet Roosevelt (great-grandson of Franklin) is President. The US government runs out of money, and the President is forced to hold an international telethon to raise enough money to bail out the most powerful nation in the free world. Sounds like it could be funny? It isn't. The film is ruined...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.

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Shoddy comedy with a potentially funny premise. It is 1998. Chet Roosevelt (great-grandson of Franklin) is President. The US government runs out of money, and the President is forced to hold an international telethon to raise enough money to bail out the m… (more)

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