Americathon

1979

Neal Israel
Director
United Artists
Studio

Following the oil crisis, a bankrupt America stages a telethon to raise funds. . .

Scattershot satire on Americana similar to the later (and better) Idiocracy. Ritter is a hoot as the dim bulb President, but the latter half of the film depends on your fondness for the increasingly frenetic Korman.



10th August 1979
Cinema



86 mins
1.85:1


10th January 2011
DVD



86 mins
1.85:1




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John Ritter
President Chet Roosevelt
Fred Willard
Vincent Vanderhoff
Nancy Morgan
Lucy Beth
Richard Schaal
Jerry
Nellie Bellflower
Missy, VP Advertising
Regis Cordic
Herb
J.A. Preston
Morty
Jimmy Weldon
Big Jim, VP Research
Michael Mislove
Mickey
Robert Beer
David Eisenhower
Althea Lawton
Sherri
John Creamer
Oliver Holmes
Peter Marshall
Himself
George Memmoli
Pinky Fun
Gary Wood
Paul Claude Terrando
Ben Fong Torres
Chinese
John Lone
Chinese
Rollin Moriyama
Chinese
Mitsu Yashima
Chinese
Chief Dan George
Sam Birdwater
Greta Stephanie Gratz
Princess Birdwater
Lenard George
Lenny Birdwater
Allan Arbus
Moishe Weitzman
David Opatoshu
Abdul Muhammad
George Fisher
Al Feisal
Jim Burke
Commando #1
David S. Cass Sr.
Commando #2
(as Dave Cass)
Fred Lerner
Commando #3
Mike McGaughy
Commando #4
Jamie Masada
Commando #5
(as Jaime Mizada)
Richard Reicheg
Commando #6
Joe Rizkallah
Commando #7
Harvey Korman
Monty Rushmore
Peter Riegert
Eric McMerkin
Zane Buzby
Mouling Jackson
George Carlin
Narrator
Tommy Lasorda
Jimmy Dunphy
Jay Leno
Larry Miller
Meat Loaf
Oklahoma Roy Budnitz
Terence McGovern
Danny Olson
(as Terry McGovern)
Elvis Costello
The Earl of Manchester
Howard Hesseman
Kip Margolis
Dede Howard
Cindy
Geno Andrews
Chris Broder
Michael Collins
Mr. Broder
Sosimo Hernandez
Juan Flan
Damon Bradley Raskin
Timmy
(as Damon Raskin)
Georgi Irene
Baby Irene
Jeannine Irene
Irene's Mother
May Boss
Adele Miller
Dom Magwili
Mouling's Manager
Ron Prince
Head Electrician
Joe Finnegan
Assistant Electrician
Gene LeBell
Referee
Kurt Taylor
Reporter #1
Doug Steckler
Reporter #2
Valerie Danielle Perri
T.V. Production Assistant
Darlene Joy Dirkquist
Monty's Girl #1
Ilona Wilson
Monty's Girl #2
(as Ilona V. Wilson)
Cynthia Zigeti
Secretary
Olesley Cole
Costumer
Bobby Baum
Tailor
Neal Israel
Rabbi Protester
Stan Barrett
Stage Hand
Jon Robbins
Stage Hand
Charles A. Tamburro
Stage Hand
(as Chuck Tamburro)
Bill Ford
Stage Hand
Jay Ross
Cameraman
Teri Schwartz
Tourist
Janie Squire
Student
Selma Archerd
Telethon Phone Celebrity
Robert Starr
Art Musto
Act
Karen Hartman
Act
Jerry Layne
Act
Mike St. Clair
Act
Willie Tyler
Act (as William Tyler)
Elena Del Rubio
Act (1 in 3 chance)
Milly Del Rubio
Act (1 in 3 chance)
Eadie Del Rubio
Act (1 in 3 chance)
Eric Lee
Act
Carl Carlsson
Juggler (as Carl Carlson)
Ruth Carlsson
Juggler (as Ruth Carlson)
Tony Cappola
Act
Dick Winslow
Act
Jerry Maren
Act
Zelda Rubinstein
Act
Jimmy Briscoe
Act
Elizabeth Barrington
Act
Harry Monty
Act
Frank Delfino
Act
Anita Liebert
Act
David Beckett
Act
Chester Hayes
Act
Linda Montana
Act
Skeeter Vaughan
Maurice Cook
(as Maurice Cooke)
Sophia Bibbs
Alison Brown
Americathon Stage Dancer
Elizabeth Carder
Clergy
John Carradine
Uncle Sam (Deleted Scene)
Terry Donohue
Technical Director
Steven Hauptman
Bicyclist
Helen Kelly
On the Telephone
Jef Labes
Band Member
Mike McCartney
Ventriloquist #2
Cybill Shepherd
Gold Girl
Dorothy Stratten
Americathon Stage Dancer
Cynthia Windham
Dancer
Michael McLoughlin
Larry Ahlman
Merrill Hardy
Ronald J. May
Bruce Brann
Keenan Jackson
Roy Jackson
Ronald Jackson
Fred Spencer
Al Alan Peteron
Eric Boles
Bob Strom
Don Seigal
Kal Szkalak
(as Kalman Z. Szkalak)
Dennis Tinerino
Jake Steinfeld
(as Jake Steinfeldt)
Tom Platz
Jim Yosenchak
Tony Clark Stewart
Christopher Lowry
Richard Rossington
Fred Wilson
David Pomeranz
Singer
Lori Lieberman
Singer (as Lori Leiberman)
Billy Barnum
Singer
Maxine Anderson
Singer
Lee Lund
Dancer
Smith Wordes
Dancer
Cynthia Lynne Devore
Dancer
Sandra Roveta
Dancer
Eddie Verso
Dancer
Edward J. Heim
Dancer
Marianna Pecora
Dancer
Deborah Ann Routson
Dancer
Warren Lucas
Dancer
Bruce Keeler
Dancer
Johnny Oliver
The Band
Chris Page
The Band
John Wolff
The Band
John Mayhan
Pat Zicari
Carmen Fanzone
Michael Egan
The Band
Michael George
The Band
Bob Rafkin
The Band
Frank Fabio
Henry Newmark
Neal Israel
Rabbi Protester
Jimmy Carter
President (archive)