Americathon

In 1998 the world's oil supply is exhausted. The U.S. Treasury is empty and in deep debt to a billionaire businessman who'll foreclose on the nation in 30 days.


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Americathon
 
3.9

(based on 12 reviews)

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92%

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  • Entertaining (10)
  • Funny (5)
  • Great comedians (5)
  • Engaging characters (3)
  • Original idea (3)

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    • Adult viewers (4)
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    Comedy Classic!

    I saw AMERICATHON theatrically when I was 9 years old and thought it was hilarious. It's a delight 30 years later to finally see a widescreen DVD release of this comedy classic. Wacky and...Read complete review

    I saw AMERICATHON theatrically when I was 9 years old and thought it was hilarious. It's a delight 30 years later to finally see a widescreen DVD release of this comedy classic. Wacky and memorable performances abound from Harvey Korman, John Ritter, Zane Buzby and more.Thanks to WB Archive for making the movie available. The picture quality is very good, and it looks just like any other DVD. Strongly recommended to '70s comedy fans.DSS

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    WILLNOT PLAY ON MY LAPTOP ... cannot vi

    I bought this to view on my laptop. Alax, there is a lock that won't let it work on some DVD, including laptops. THIS WAS NOT STATED PRIOR TO PURCHASE!! totally anti-consumer

    I bought this to view on my laptop. Alax, there is a lock that won't let it work on some DVD, including laptops. THIS WAS NOT STATED PRIOR TO PURCHASE!! totally anti-consumer

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    5.0

    Sleeper Comedy

    By Lone Wolf

    from NW Georgia

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    Pros

    • Great Comedians
    • Topical Comedy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers

      Comments about Americathon:

      This was overlooked by almost everyone--a real loss for fans of good comedy. Some great pokes at politicians, and institutions of the day.

       
      5.0

      Great Nostalgia Trip

      By Mark and Roxy

      from Athens, GA

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      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Great Comedians
      • Original Idea

      Cons

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        • At Home
        • In The Car

        Comments about Americathon:

        Fantastic Service a always w/WB Archives

         
        4.0

        Finally available on DVD

        By Alltherage

        from Cisco, TX

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        Pros

        • Broad Appeal
        • Entertaining
        • Funny
        • Good Acting
        • Great Comedians
        • Great quality video
        • Original Idea

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          • Perfect Gift

          Comments about Americathon:

          A great comedy with lots of stars and groovy music. Long out-of-print, it's finally available on DVD for the first time. "Americathon" is set in the future United States of 1998. The oil has run out, and bad leaders have borrowed tons of money from a Native American tycoon, who threatens to repossess the country unless America can pay it's debt. In order to raise money, the President (John Ritter) decides to hold a telethon to raise the funds, an "Americathon". The cast includes Harvey Korman, Zane Busby, Meatloaf, Elvis Costello, and many others. Really funny and strangely prophetic. Good quality video and sound.

           
          4.0

          A strangely prescient look at the USA.

          By D-dog

          from Orilando, FL.

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          Pros

          • Entertaining

          Cons

          • Limited Appeal

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers

          Comments about Americathon:

          Nice film done in the 1970's describing a USA that is broke and about to fall apart--an apt description of what's happening right now! Harvey Korman is quite entertaining as the MC of the last chance to redeem the country!

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          WILLNOT PLAY ON MY LAPTOP ... cannot vi

          By Anne

          from central va

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                Comments about Americathon:

                I bought this to view on my laptop. Alax, there is a lock that won't let it work on some DVD, including laptops. THIS WAS NOT STATED PRIOR TO PURCHASE!! totally anti-consumer

                 
                5.0

                Absuperbly hiilaryus

                By Joe Knowitso

                from Mission Viejo, CA

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                Pros

                • Entertaining
                • Funny
                • Great Comedians

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                  Best Uses

                  • Adult Viewers
                  • At Home
                  • Special Needs

                  Comments about Americathon:

                  Laughter is theraputic

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  All too prophetic

                  By Unidyne

                  from Henderson, NV

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                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Funny
                  • Great Comedians

                  Cons

                  • Clumsy editing
                  • Somewhat dated humor

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                  • At Home

                  Comments about Americathon:

                  The film that proved all too prophetic. The USA is broke and out of oil, people living in their cars, wealthy Native Americans having great clout, Vietnam becoming the playground of Asia's elite and China becoming a global economic superpower. Back in 1979, it was a all a joke. Today, it's reality! It's so nice to watch a clear copy that's not on an aging VHS cassette, and the widescreen presentation along with the coming attractions trailer are a plus. While not a great film (the clumsily edited ending seemed like an afterthought), it is enjoyable and, in hindsight, eerie to see comical predictions coming true.

                   
                  4.0

                  Foreboding Comedy about the USA's Future

                  By Wonderfulbill1967

                  from Farmingdale, New York

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                  Pros

                  • Entertaining
                  • Funny
                  • Original Idea
                  • Satire that's a Blast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Great for Movie Night

                    Comments about Americathon:

                    I remember seeing this film on cable when I was 11-12 years old. This was a Great Blast from the past! It's plot is Foreboding about a grim economic future of the USA. Its' satirical look at how Big Government seems to be run by people who don't have a clue.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good picture and sound quality

                    By garhunt

                    from Richmond, KY

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                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Funny

                    Cons

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                      • At Home

                      Comments about Americathon:

                      It would have been nice if the DVD had chapter listings.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      this could be 2011!

                      By hemihead

                      from the bronx, n.y.

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Original

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                        • At Home

                        Comments about Americathon:

                        seems like somethings never change.

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