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In the future (the distant year of 1997), the United States of America is in crisis. The oil shortage has grown to epic proportions, leading to people living in their cars and bicycling to work. Cigarettes and meat have been outlawed, gold coins are needed to operate common household appliances, and the Western White House (located in a luxury apartment in California) has been forced by economic necessity to operate round-the-clock tours for vacationing Chinese citizens. The economy is deep trouble; President Chet Roosevelt (John Ritter) has borrowed four billion dollars from Native American tennis shoe manufacturer Sam Birdwater (Chief Dan George), and he's foreclosing on the loan. When a media expert, Eric McMerkhin (Peter Riegert), is summoned for advice (since despite all hardships, Americans refuse to give up their televisions), he suggests a telethon. It's a great idea, except the President's assistant Vincent Vanderhoff (Fred Willard) is in cahoots with the United Heb-Rab Republic, a sinister coalition of Israeli and Arab nationals who want to snap up America if the debt can't be paid. He ensures that the show is stocked with endless ventriloquists and insists on Monty Rushmore (Harvey Korman), a washed-up, drug-addicted television personality as host. The star of the popular sitcom "Both Mother and Father," he is sure to self-destruct over the grueling 30-day-and-night telethon schedule. Despite terrorist attacks and the kidnapping of President Roosevelt, the patriotic spirit prevails and American citizens dig deep and pledge their gold to the cause. This outrageous farce (based on a play by Firesign Theatre alumni Philip Proctor and Peter Bergman) features cameos from Elvis Costello, Jay Leno, Meat Loaf and the Del Rubio Triplets, and is narrated by George Carlin. The Beach Boys, Eddie Money, and Nick Lowe contribute to the musical soundtrack. ~ Fred Beldin, Rovi

Cast

Peter Riegert
as Eric
Harvey Korman
as Monty
Fred Willard
as Vanderhoff
Zane Buzby
as Mouling
Nancy Morgan
as Lucy
Richard Schaal
as Jerry
Chief Dan George
as Sam
Meat Loaf
as Oklahoma Roy
Terry McGovern
as Danny Olsen
Allan Arbus
as Hebrabs
Robert Beer
as David Eisenhower
George Carlin
Elvis Costello
as Earl
Howard Hesseman
as Kip
Tommy Lasorda
as Announcer
Jay Leno
as Larry
David Opatoshu
John Ritter
as Chet
Jimmy Weldon
as VP Research
John Ritter
as Chet
Jimmy Weldon
as VP Research
Jay Leno
as Larry
Tommy Lasorda
as Announcer
Allan Arbus
as Hebrabs
Elvis Costello
as Earl
Howard Hesseman
as Kip
Robert Beer
as David Eisenhower

Crew

Neal Israel
Director
Joe Roth
Producer
Monica Johnson
Screenwriter
Michael Mislove
Screenwriter
Neal Israel
Screenwriter
Philip Proctor
Screen Story
Philip Proctor
Play Author
Jim Steinman
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Steinman
Songwriter
Elvis Costello
Composer (Music Score)
Reggie Knighton
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Parsons
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Scott
Composer (Music Score)
David Pomeranz
Composer (Music Score)
John C. Howard
Editor
Stan Jolley
Production Designer
Edward J. Rosen
Executive Producer
Mark Fabus
Set Designer
Daniel Paredes
Costume Designer
Jack Baran
First Assistant Director
Jaime Rogers
Choreography
James B. Rogers
Choreography
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