Retro: The Unquiet American

LOST IN AMERICA

Albert Brooks
USA 1985
91min
V'09

Twenty years after its release, Albert Brooks’s third feature is still such a hilarious send-up of yuppie ­mentality that it might have been made yesterday. Brooks plays an obnoxious west-coast ad executive who’s so enraged when he fails to get an expected promotion that he quits his job, persuades his wife (Julie Hagerty) to do the same, and, spurred by
fond ­memories of <![CDATA[<i>]]>Easy Rider<![CDATA[</i>]]>, takes off with her in a newly purchased Winnebago. As they travel cross-country with their $200,000 nest egg, an unforeseen disaster sends them deeper into the heart of the ­heartland than they’d counted on. All of Brooks’s comedies are good, but he hasn’t yet surpassed the first three – <![CDATA[<i>]]>Real Life<![CDATA[</i>]]> (1979), <![CDATA[<i>]]>Modern Romance<![CDATA[</i>]]> (1981), and this one. Director Garry Marshall has a great cameo as a Las Vegas casino owner, and Monica Johnson collaborated with Brooks on the script.
(Chicago Reader)

Credits
  • Albert Brooks - Steven Phillips
  • Garry K. Marshall
  • Julie Hagerty
  • Albert Brooks
  • Monica Johnson
  • Elliot Tyson
  • Eric Saarinen
  • David Finfer
  • Arthur B. Rubinstein
  • Richard C. Goddard
  • Cynthia Bales
Geffen Pictures (nicht mehr existent)

Warner Bros Inc.

Warner Bros GmbH
35 mm
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