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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ATCN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Amerika - suggesting a Russified name for the United States - is an American television miniseries that was broadcast in 1987 on ABC. The miniseries inspired a novelization entitled Amerika: The Triumph of the American Spirit. Amerika starred Kris Kristofferson, Mariel Hemingway, Sam Neill, Robert Urich, and a 17-year-old Lara Flynn Boyle in her first major role. Amerika was about life in the United States after a bloodless takeover engineered by the Soviet Union. Not wanting to depict the actual takeover, ABC Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard set the miniseries ten years after the event, focusing on the demoralized American people a decade after the Soviet conquest. The intent, he later explained, was to explore the American spirit under such conditions, not to portray the conflict of the Soviet coup. Described in promotional materials as "the most ambitious American miniseries ever created," Amerika aired for 14½ hours (including commercials) over seven nights (beginning February 15, 1987), and reportedly cost US$40 million to produce. The miniseries was filmed in the Golden Horseshoe and southwestern Ontario Canadian cities of Toronto, London,[1] and Hamilton,[2] as well as various locations in the U.S. state of Nebraska - most notably the small town of Tecumseh, which served as "Milford," the fictional setting for most of the series. Donald Wrye was the executive producer, director, and writer of Amerika, while composer Basil Poledouris scored the miniseries, ultimately recording (with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra) eight hours of music - the equivalent of four feature films.

Customer Reviews

Would love to see it released on DVD.
J.F.R.
To prove my point that this movie told to much, try n find this movie anywhere, it's pretty much impossible to find.
Amazon Customer
Americans are forced into the same life as their Russian counterparts.
Jay Landry

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Black on May 2, 2005
I remember watching this mini-series when it first came out. I thought it was very well-done and a good "What if?" scenario. I hope this series gets put to DVD sometime in the very near future. I would buy it immediately.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Hokanson on June 5, 2007
If they released this on DVD I would buy it in a second. The mini series etched a place in my mind as a child. The Russians invade the United States and wipe-out the leadership. I will never forget the scene where Congress is massacred. It gave me nightmares. This mini-series when viewed in its context of the Cold War and Red scare phenomenon is frightening. I can't wait until they release it on DVD!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jay Landry on December 17, 2004
Amerika, the novel, explains more than the movie ever could.

The American President, supposedly Carter, receives a call from the USSR. Their communication satellites are really nuclear weapons, hovering over the US. The US has 8 hours to surrender or be destroyed. After confirmation, the U.S. President forces through the annexing of the US by the USSR.

The USSR, poor and starving, pillages the US of all it's resources. Money, food and anything that is not nailed down goes to the new owners, not to the people. Americans are forced into the same life as their Russian counterparts.

At the same time, the USSR props up the House, Senate and the figurehead President as puppets for Moscow.

Some of it is way too over the top. But, the thought of a bloodless coup is nothing surprising in today's society.

It is slightly scary, with some elements very timely in the age of a 9/11 society.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marco on April 10, 2006
I also would like to see Amerika put on DVD, with at least one version skillfully edited to retain the important political and human truths in a more viewer-friendly length.

Amerika looks at the possibility of terrible human suffering in our country, from a materialistic point of view--which may make it more accessible to some viewers. In doing this, however, the story's mostly political explanation of how such things could happen here (and have already happened in other places) makes it a less effective preventative.

After the series aired, our local TV station broadcast a discussion open to everyone in the community. At that time, there were many people who had recently escaped totalitarian regimes--e.g., Vietnamese "boat people." They were adamant in telling viewers that Amerika's warning was neither wild-eyed paranoia nor idle speculation.

We still need to remember Amerika.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.F.R. on May 16, 2009
I watched this series and found it deeply thought provoking even in the 80's. Would love to see it released on DVD. It seems the thought police are not interested in this being revived, and yet this movie will touch the soul of our great nation. It challenges the stale emptiness of a land who has lost her passion for the price of freedom. I did find a link on Utube to the original trailor. Kris Kristofferson delivers on his performance, and actually, at the time, caused my wife & I to seek out other films he was cast, as well as Sam Neil. If you get the chance to see it... don't miss it. IMHO
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shorebird on November 15, 2005
Having just seen Kris Kristofferson in "Dreamer", it brought back memories of his performance in "Amerika". I'm amazed this has not found its way into DVD. As a baby boomer, I remember the times when it first aired on TV. The basic message is still relevent, and could make for lively discussion in political science classes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Rudick on November 26, 2009
I too watched this series back in the 80s with great interest.

Yes, it could happen here.

Most of us would admit that possibility.
Especially with the current packing of our leaders with types that would not cry over a takeover by Ratchet-Fascism or force.

Do not hold your breath to see this on DVD with out putting out some big bucks on your part and converting it over yourself.

This video has been taken off the shelf.

Ever hear of book burning?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By eric vanden hount on September 24, 2005
this is a good lession, of what could happen here and it could be done by our own goverment from the inside. if this came out on dvd i would get it for my colection.
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