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Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  September 1970 (USA)
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A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.

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Coel (as Robert Corff)
Elaine Giftos ...
Cilla
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Hooper
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Coralee (as Tally Coppola)
Ben Vereen ...
Carlos
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Marissa
Alex Wilson ...
Jason
Lou Procopio ...
Marshal McLuhan
Phil Borneo ...
Quant
Alan Braunstein ...
Dr. Drake
Jackie Farley ...
Ginny
David Osterhout ...
Texas Ranger
Juretta Taylor ...
Zoe
Michael D. Castle ...
Burroughs (as Mike Castle)
Alan DeWitt ...
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A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.

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Invite a few friends over to watch the end of the world!

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for some language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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The title comes from a statement by an U.S. Army officer during the Vietnam War who defended the destruction of a Vietnamese village by saying they had to "destroy the village in order to save it." See more »

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After breaking a road barrier, the car of the main character has 3 out 4 headlights broken, later they are intact, while it does not seem probable they would be repaired. See more »

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Marissa: Listen, I just can't bring a child into this kind of a world. Maybe later. Huh, Carlos?... Huh?
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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A true achievement - the worst Roger Corman flick ever
28 January 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

I don't hand out "ones" often, but if there was ever a film that deserved this sort of attention, it's "Gas!" This is self-indulgent crap that reaches for some of the ambiance of M*A*S*H and falls completely flat on its face in the attempt.

I see what Corman was going for - Malcolm Marmorstein and Elliott Gould tried to reproduce Gould's deathless role in the original movie version of M*A*S*H with a similar plot (in the movie "Whiffs" - look it up here in IMDb, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073891/ for more information).

Marmorstein and Gould got closer to the brass ring with "Whiffs" than Corman did with "Gas!" but didn't quite get there. Neither one of those films even got close to the success of M*A*S*H.

What's wrong with "Gas!"? What isn't? No one comes close to really acting at a level above junior high school theatrics. The production values stink. Someone else here mentioned the magically regenerating headlights on a getaway car, and there's more of that lack of attention to detail. Nothing works the way it's supposed to in this film, and nobody cares. A gang rape is treated as an entertaining spectator sport.

"Gas!" actually put me to sleep. It's not a sure cure for insomnia, but really close. On the Cinematic Sleep Induction scale, "Gas!" falls somewhere between "Last Year at Marienbad" and George Clooney's remake of "Solaris" (which itself was remarkable for being more boring than the Mosfilm original, despite that studio's seeming unfamiliarity with the idea of keeping the audience's attention by judicious editing).

Judicious editing would have decimated "Gas!" to about twenty minutes. The result would be pointless, but no more so than the original film.

Certain films are so bad that they have a compelling quality that makes them worth watching anyway. This isn't one of them. Don't waste your time. It's not even amusingly bad.


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