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Americathon Due Out November 2
October 23, 2010

Americathon cover

One of my favorite bad movies of all time, Americathon, is coming to DVD courtesy the Warner Archive on November 2. This news thrills me, because I can’t wait to own a copy.

Made in 1979, it’s a time capsule of the era. John Ritter is the young (and dumb) President of an America with no oil (so everyone jogs and lives in their parked cars) that’s going bankrupt. National Indian Knitting Enterprises (hee hee) calls the debts due, so what to do? Hold a telethon! Hosted by Harvey Korman and featuring Meat Loaf as a daredevil who attacks a car with a sledgehammer. Also starring Elvis Costello, Fred Willard, and Howard Hesseman, although I don’t remember their roles.

It’s not subtle satire, but I found it funny, and a poignant reminder of the 70s. The theme song is “It’s a Beautiful Day”, by the Beach Boys, and I still enjoy hearing it. This reminds me how much I miss lazy summer days and an HBO that ran more movies (from all studios and eras) than boxing events.

5 Responses  
Grant writes:  

Wow, that’s funny. I saw that when it first came out and I think it aired on tv like once or twice since then. That was a great bad movie.

 
Jim Kosmicki writes:  

i have a copy that I digitized from the VHS – that was a videotape I watched very rarely because I wanted it to last as long as possible. I will be waiting to see how the Warner Archive version of Legend of the Superheroes looks before I order something else from them, however.

 
steve B. writes:  

never saw the movie but I remember that poster well.

 
Mark E. writes:  

athe movie is only fair but the movie opening music video “Its A Beautiful Day” by the Beach Boys was ahead of its time and with the current economic situation,its time has come again. It is outstanding.

 
The Last Dinosaur » DVDs Worth Watching writes:  

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