American Raspberry (film)

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American Raspberry
Directed by Bradley R. Swirnoff
Produced by Marcus Tarbulus
Written by John Baskin
Stephen Feinberg
Roger Shulman
Bradley R. Swrinoff
Starring Kinky Friedman
Warren Oates
Dick O'Neill
Joanna Cassidy
Music by Dan Carlin Sr.
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Edited by Geoffrey Rowland
Distributed by Cannon Releasing Crop.
Release dates
Running time
75 mins.
Country US
Language English

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 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[edit]

  • 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.
  • Stay Down; a parody for a spray that will stop unwanted erections.

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