Albert Brooks

Lost in America

Lost in America

In this hysterical satire of Reagan-era values, written and directed by Albert Brooks, a successful Los Angeles advertising executive (Brooks) and his wife (Julie Hagerty) decide to quit their jobs, buy a Winnebago, and follow their Easy Rider fantasies of freedom and the open road. When a stop in Las Vegas nearly derails their plans, they’re forced to come to terms with their own limitations and those of the American dream. Brooks’s barbed wit and confident direction drive Lost in America, an iconic example of his restless comedies about insecure characters searching for satisfaction in the modern world that established his unique comic voice and transformed the art of observational humor.

Film Info

  • Albert Brooks
  • United States
  • 1985
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #887

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Albert Brooks, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation with Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide
  • New interviews with actor Julie Hagerty, executive producer Herb Nanas, and filmmaker and screenwriter James L. Brooks
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Albert Brooks, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation with Brooks and filmmaker Robert Weide
  • New interviews with actor Julie Hagerty, executive producer Herb Nanas, and filmmaker and screenwriter James L. Brooks
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias
Lost in America
Cast
Albert Brooks
David Howard
Julie Hagerty
Linda Howard
Michael Greene
Paul Dunn
Garry K. Marshall
Casino manager
Maggie Roswell
Patty
Tom Tarpey
Brad Tooley
Ernie Brown
Pharmacist
Joey Coleman
Skippy
Art Frankel
Employment agent
Donald Gibb
Ex-convict
Raynold Gideon
Ray
Charles Boswell
Highway patrolman
Michael Cornelison
Hotel clerk
Radu Gavor
Bellman
Herb Nanas
Mercedes driver
Credits
Director
Albert Brooks
Written by
Albert Brooks
Written by
Monica Johnson
Producer
Marty Katz
Executive producer
Herb Nanas
Director of photography
Eric Saarinen
Editor
David Finfer
Production design
Richard Sawyer
Sound
Bill Nelson
Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein
Casting
Barbara Claman
Set decorator
Richard Goddard
Costumes
Julie Glick
Makeup
Rick Sharp
Hair
Ramsey
Still photographer
Bruce Birmelin

From The Current

Lost in America with Albert Brooks
Lost in America with Albert Brooks

One of the wittiest chroniclers of modern American life, Albert Brooks talks with filmmaker Robert Weide about how he arrived at the concept for Lost in America. Also: a few words from James L. Brooks.

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Lost in America: The $100,000 Box
Lost in America: The $100,000 Box

Albert Brooks brings the gift for comic deconstruction he honed in his stand-up career to this uproarious satire of baby boomer values.

By Scott Tobias

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