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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.




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Kris Kristofferson ...  Devin Milford 6 episodes, 1987
Robert Urich ...  Peter Bradford 6 episodes, 1987
Wendy Hughes ...  Marion Andrews 6 episodes, 1987
Sam Neill ...  Colonel Andrei Denisov 6 episodes, 1987
Cindy Pickett ...  Amanda Bradford 6 episodes, 1987
Armin Mueller-Stahl ...  General Petya Samanov 6 episodes, 1987
Richard Bradford ...  Ward Milford 6 episodes, 1987
Ivan Dixon ...  Dr. Alan Drummond 6 episodes, 1987
Ford Rainey ...  Will Milford 6 episodes, 1987
Graham Beckel ...  Clayton Cullen 6 episodes, 1987
Reiner Schöne ...  Major Helmut Gurtman 6 episodes, 1987
Christine Lahti ...  Alethea Milford 6 episodes, 1987
Dorian Harewood ...  Jeffrey Wyman 5 episodes, 1987
Marcel Hillaire ...  Dieter Heinlander 5 episodes, 1987
Mariel Hemingway ...  Kimberly Ballard 5 episodes, 1987
Lara Flynn Boyle ...  Jackie Bradford 5 episodes, 1987
Steve Drury Steve Drury ...  Scott 5 episodes, 1987
Don Reilly Don Reilly ...  Justin Milford 4 episodes, 1987
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ...  Melanie Blackstone 4 episodes, 1987
Errol Slue Errol Slue ...  Reverend Blackstone 4 episodes, 1987
Kelly Proctor Kelly Proctor ...  Billy Milford 3 episodes, 1987
Keram Malicki-Sánchez ...  Young Caleb 3 episodes, 1987
Jason Wild Jason Wild ...  Youth Communist Leader 2 episodes, 1987
Deanna Dunagan ...  Betty Milford 2 episodes, 1987
David Ferry ...  Laird 2 episodes, 1987
Allan Royal ...  President 2 episodes, 1987
Mag Ruffman ...  Sally, VFA 2 episodes, 1987
John Towey ...  Herb Lister 2 episodes, 1987
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ...  KGB Agent 2 episodes, 1987
David Boles ...  Undercover Rebel 2 episodes, 1987
Sheila Lynn Buckley Sheila Lynn Buckley ...  Modern Dance Judge 2 episodes, 1987
Marek Krawczyk Marek Krawczyk ...  Mental Hospital Patient 2 episodes, 1987
Peg Sheldrick ...  Dierdre's Mother 2 episodes, 1987
Timothy Skulish Timothy Skulish ...  Body Guard 2 episodes, 1987
Sam Stone Sam Stone ...  Rebel 2 episodes, 1987
Toby Tarnow Toby Tarnow ...  Helen 2 episodes, 1987


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. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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1997. The world is different. The dream is the same. Let freedom ring.


Action | Drama | Fantasy







Release Date:

15 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerika See more »

Filming Locations:

Little Rock, Arkansas, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Lara Flynn Boyle's first major role. She had filmed a bit part for Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), but it was cut prior to the movie's release. See more »


Peter Bradford: If you'd landed troops on the beaches, maybe it would have been different.
Colonel Andrei Denisov: What we did not expect was that, without communications, the United States would revert to a collection of separate peoples.
Peter Bradford: You just got the drop on us.
Colonel Andrei Denisov: [shaking off the suggestion] I don't believe it. It worked because you lost your country before we ever got here.
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Big, bloated, empty-headed mess
21 June 2000 | by JMartin-2See all my reviews

I was too young to have viewed this movie when it originally aired, but my parents taped it and for some reason kept it around for thirteen years. I finally decided to give it a whirl, thinking it would be an adaptation of the Franz Kafka story (I know, I know.....). This was my first mistake.

My second mistake was actually watching the thing at all. At 870 minutes, this makes the 10-hour "The 10th Kingdom" seem like a short subject by comparison, yet the whole thing could have easily been pared down by half without compromising the storyline. Why? Simple: the plot is pathetic. You would think that by 1987 people would have realized the Soviet Union was NEVER going to take over the U.S., but I guess someone forgot to tell writer-director Donald Wrye, since he insists on rehashing the tired old "communist subversion" schtick that went out -- and deservedly so -- in the mid-60s. The dialogue is corny and hackneyed and seems to begin repeating itself at the halfway mark, while the direction is uninspired (although pretty much average by TV movie standards). Sam Neill manages to maintain his dignity in this midst of all this nonsense, but everyone else comes out looking as silly as the film itself.

By itself, "Amerika" is harmless piffle that, if nothing else, would make a good double bill with "Dr. Strangelove," which so effectively manages to ridicule and ultimately destroy the reactionary plot. But the ideology behind the story, and the reactions it has inspired among some of my fellow IMDb reviewers, is completely idiotic, almost frightening. The series' ultimate and highly questionable message is that we should remain ever vigilant against the communist threat, and that it will take any guise need be to bring down our society from within -- latter-day McCarthyism if I ever heard it. Thank goodness this 870-pound turkey is scarcely remembered today.

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