American Raspberry (film)

American Raspberry (also known as Prime Time and Funny America) is a 1977 parody film that lampoons various films of the 1970s, much like The Groove Tube, Tunnel Vision, The Kentucky Fried Movie and Amazon Women on the Moon. It was filmed for Warner Brothers with a budget $30,000 (a copyright to Warners can be seen in the title card for the Prime Time version), but was rejected as being unreleasable. Cannon Pictures later acted as distributor during a brief showing in theaters in 1980.

American Raspberry
Directed byBradley R. Swirnoff
Produced byMarcus Tarbulus
Written byJohn Baskin
Stephen Feinberg
Roger Shulman
Bradley R. Swrinoff
StarringWarren Oates
Kinky Friedman
Dick O'Neill
Joanna Cassidy
George Furth
Fred Dryer
Harris Yulin
Murphy Dunne
Art Fleming
Music byKen Lauber
CinematographyMatthew F. Leonetti
Edited byGeoffrey Rowland
Distributed byCannon Films
Release date
  • 1977 (1977)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


American Raspberry tells the story of what happens when some strange unknown sources takes over the air waves and replaces the normal programs with rude, crude, and politically incorrect programming and commercials. The President of the United States (George Furth) demands that something be done about the distasteful programming.

Memorable commercials and TV shows

  • Celebrity Sportsman Presents: The Charles Whitman Invitational; A parody of the famous shooting that took place in Austin, Texas, on August 1, 1966.
  • The Sexual Deviation Telethon; A telethon hosted by a transvestite.
  • Peterson's Dog Food; A dog food commercial, with a Soylent Green twist.
  • Die Tough Battery; A parody of Sears' DieHard batteries that power an execution.
  • Manny's Nymphs; a direct parody of TV series Charlie's Angels.
  • Mamorax Cassette Tape; a commercial with Adolf Hitler's voice on tape with a very antisemitic ending.
  • Stay Down; a parody for a spray that will stop unwanted erections.
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