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America (1986)

R | | Comedy | October 1986 (USA)
The zany crew of a New York cable television station accidentally bounce a signal off the moon, bringing them worldwide attention.

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Robert Downey Sr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zack Norman ... Terrance Hackley
Tammy Grimes ... Joy Hackley
Michael J. Pollard ... Bob Jolly
Richard Belzer ... Gypsy Beam
Monroe Arnold Monroe Arnold ... Floyd Praeger
Liz Torres ... Dolores Frantico
Pablo Ferro ... Hector Frantico
David Kerman David Kerman ... Mr. Management
Howard Thomashefsky Howard Thomashefsky ... Earl Justice
Michael Bahr Michael Bahr ... Martin Lang
Laura Ashton Laura Ashton ... Tina Lyle
F.D. Herrick F.D. Herrick ... Mr. Hackley
Evelyn Zuker Evelyn Zuker ... Mrs. Hackley
Robert Downey Jr. ... Paulie Hackley
Lori Ann Zuker Lori Ann Zuker ... Tracy Hackley
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The zany crew of a New York cable television station accidentally bounce a signal off the moon, bringing them worldwide attention.

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The Original Outrageous Comedy That Will Take You Away From it All!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonbeam See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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ASA Communications See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Filmed in 1982, not released until 1986. See more »

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Humorous outrageousness may only confound the viewer. (spoilers)
22 November 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

As the third to comment on this movie, I'm am wavering between the two extremes of good and bad. This is a comedy that has an offbeat rhythm like 'Choose Me', but attempts to be outrageous without point like a spoof comedy (but more like 'Kentucky Fried Movie' than say, 'The Naked Gun'). So, you really have to be ready for such an odd, and almost illogical narrative and a seriously strange mix of characters who seem to exist in detachment from one another. But, this kind of humor seems to become so overdone to a point that it becomes, for me, not only ridiculous, but to the point that it just ends of being a terrible movie.

This is the story of Channel 92's rise to fame, thanks primarily to a scheme hatched by investing parents which leads to a misunderstanding between a wife and husband, which in turn leads to a turnaround in the news department and a failure of all other networks. The situation is far to weird and too varied to explain, really except that a wife, finding a woman's skirt in his briefcase, assumes that he is a repressed homosexual, and says he must prove his innocence by trying on the skirt. This somehow gives confidence to the new 'Action News' reporter and all of a sudden, every weirdo in New York has some problem for the guy to solve. And that's only half of it.

A very strange comedy indeed, but for those who like obscure, and outrageous, almost nonsensical humor, might give it a try.


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