In this satirical comedy from 1979, it is the year 1998. America is broke. They ran out of fuel and now everyone is living in their non-running cars and traveling by foot, skate, or bike. The president had to resort to selling the White House and moving into a sublet condo named the Western White House. Not only that, but America is on the verge of ''foreclosure'' unless the country can raise 400 billion dollars in 30 days. Their solution? To have a non-stop telethon -- or an Americathon -- but those who would rather see the U.S.A. fall will stop at nothing to sabotage it. Adapted from the play by FiresignTheatre alumi Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman.

!!This film provides examples of:

* FantasticRacism: Implied by a protest sign reading, "Equality for Test Tube Children". The world's first ''in vitro'' fertilization birth had recently occurred at the time the film was made, so this has a bit of a RippedFromTheHeadlines air to it.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: The Soviet Union still exists, but lost most of its territory to China after a nuclear war. On the other hand, the film accurately predicts China's emergence as a capitalist superpower.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: The current president is Chet Roosevelt. His predecessor was David Eisenhower.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: President Chet Roosevelt is a parody of California governor and presidential hopeful Jerry Brown.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Chet Roosevelt is President Personable to an annoying degree. In his speech, he finishes by saying to the people, "This is the President and I love you," and when he gets sworn in, he hugs the Justice of the Peace. Naturally, he's also a bit of a President Buffoon. Incidentally, John Ritter would, at the time of filming, be too young to be president according to the Constitution.
* RidiculousFutureInflation: In one scene a bum asks for $25 to get himself a cup of coffee. Justified by the fact that double-digit inflation that seemed invincible, coupled with slow or nonexistent growth ("stagflation") was a very real chronic economic problem during the 1970s, and had it continued at the same pace that's probably what a cup of coffee, about 50 cents at the time of the film's release, would have cost by 1998.
* {{Telethon}}: Or an Americathon.
* CocaPepsiInc: Israelis and Palestinians settled their differences by creating the United Hebrab Republic.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: So very 1970s. The film basically takes place in a world where TheSeventies never ended, both in terms of the culture and in terms of the energy crisis. (Well okay, maybe they were right about the energy crisis part.)
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