Americathon on VHS. Starring John Ritter, Peter Riegert, Harvey Korman, Fred Willard, Zane Buzby, Chief Dan George, Elvis Costello, Jay Leno, Meat Loaf, George Carlin. Written by Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman. Directed by Neal Israel. 1979.
From the box:
It’s the 1990’s and the world’s oil is gone. The United States Treasury is empty and a billionaire loan shark is about to foreclose on the nation explaining “We all gotta eat.” The solution: a telethon to save Uncle Sam from Bankruptcy. With this as a launching pad Americathon explodes into comic outer space. Written by Firesign Theater veterans Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman, this wicked and screamingly funny satire stars Harvey Korman, Fred Willard and Peter Riegert with a very special appearance by John Ritter as President of the United States. You also notice the brilliant cameo appearances by Elvis Costello and George Carlin. This cult classic will have you in stitches as the fate of the nation is decided by the lunatic fringe!
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