3 full length vhs tapes or 3 DVD set
America has been bloodlessly taken over by the Soviet Union, leading to slave-labor camps for some, collaboration for others and rebellion for yet others.
- FANTASTIC Mini-series!
After 13 years, it's hard to remember the details of this movie. I remember liking it very much which surprised me because I am not a Kristofferson fan, and I was determined to criticize the movie from the first moment I started watching it. Instead I planned 6 nights of my life around it because it was so good I couldn't stop watching it. I thought about it while at work, and was depressed when it ended. I would very much like to see it again, and was shocked when I went to buy the video and learned it has never been released on video. WHY ISN'T THIS MOVIE AVAILABLE???
The acting is great. The story is fantastic and very believable. All the elements of a great story are present (suspense, climax, character development, etc.). This movie needs to be put on video so more people can see it!
- One of the best in recent history
Even though the former Soviet Union is obsolete (maybe?), this film depicts the consequences of the liberal complacency all too prevalent in our society today. All Americans should view "Amerika". There are many enemies of the United States abroad in the world today who would love to take up the role played by the old USSR in "Amerika", most of whom would be even more objectionable as occupiers of our country. The producers have created a great learning experience here, they have GOT to get this out into VHS and DVD. And today's Americans, especially the weak-willed ones, NEED to see it. Get with it, producers; get this back into circulation!!
- Fantastic mini series.
I am one of the many of thousands who viewed the mini series Amerika and loved it. It was one of the most moving and realistic mini series I have ever seen, actually making one "believe" that we could be invaded by one of our enemies and how vunerable we all are. Since the initial viewing, I have been puzzled as to why it was never shown again, why it is not available in video stores and why half the population has never seen it.
Although parts of it are still vivid in my mind, I live to see it again. Many movies have been made but not with the power that this one relayed. Fantastic acting, realistic plot, awesome ending. It should be made available again, each and every year as with other mini series. I think any and all who have seen it would agree. I know my life stopped each night it aired as I lived in the film. My children were moved as any viewer had to be. We all needed to know that our country was as great as we believe it to be and it was. As a novelist, I believe the writers, as well as the actors all deserved to be nominated for an academy award.
- Eerie TV classic miniseries bears re-watching
We (my Dad and I) taped the AMERIKA miniseries on its premiere air dates and I'm so glad we did. I've read a couple reviews here at IMdB that claim this milestone is boring. I believe they are misinterpreting the decided communist slant of this production. The production seems off-kilter because of it is presented through "a weary and wintry Russian eye", which might be compared to the powerless angst of the Russian characters of the Dr. Zhivago film. The characters are all doomed to communism and it's fascinating to view their ways of coping. Kristofferson and Urich are both powerhouses in this vein. My favorite theme is the outlawing of sentimental media, my favorite scene when Mariel Hemingway attends the illegal performance of "The Fantasticks". Shades of George Orwell's "1984", about a communist state where things that are illegal for the masses are allowed (but not admittedly) for the elite party members. So I say "God Bless AMERIKA". I think I'll watch it again next week.
Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Cast (in credits order)
Kris Kristofferson .... Devin Milford
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Graham Beckel .... Clayton Cullen
Richard Blackburn .... KGB Agent
Pete Boughn .... High School Principal
Lara Flynn Boyle .... Jacqueline 'Jessie' Bradford
Richard Bradford .... Ward
Ivan Dixon .... Dr. Alan Drummond
David Ferry .... Laird
Dorian Harewood .... Jeffrey Wyman
Mariel Hemingway .... Kimberly Ballard
Marcel Hillaire .... Dieter Heinlander
Wendy Hughes .... Marion Andrews
Christine Lahti .... Althea Milford
Piotr Lysak .... Mikhail
Release Date:15 February 1987 (USA)
Also Known As:Miehitetty Amerikka
Filming Locations:Cobourg, Ontario, Canada