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Writer:
George Armitage (screenplay)
Release Date:
September 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Invite a few friends over to watch the end of the world!
Plot:
A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Bob Corff ... Coel (as Robert Corff)
Elaine Giftos ... Cilla

Bud Cort ... Hooper

Talia Shire ... Coralee (as Tally Coppola)

Ben Vereen ... Carlos

Cindy Williams ... 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 ... Dr. Murder
Bruce Karcher ... Edgar Allen
Stephen White ... Sergeant Sentry Collar
Raye Birk ... Mort Catafalque (as Ray Birk)
George Armitage ... Billy the Kid
Abe Santillanes ... Na Wanka
Gary Caplan ... Raincoat Harry
Country Joe McDonald ... AM Radio (as Country Joe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick Bailey ... (uncredited)
Pat Patterson ... Demeter (uncredited)
Lennie Weinrib ... Various Voices (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
George Armitage (screenplay)

Produced by
George Armitage .... associate producer
Roger Corman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Barry Melton (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Ron Dexter 
 
Film Editing by
George Van Noy 
 
Art Direction by
David Nichols 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephan Graham 
 
Makeup Department
Dean Cundey .... makeup artist (as Dean Cundy)
 
Production Management
Paul Rapp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Dijoux .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Fain .... property master
 
Sound Department
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound (as James Tanenbaum)
 
Special Effects by
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Maxwell .... key grip
John C. Murray .... electrician (as John Murray)
 
Casting Department
Jeanne Swain .... casting: New Mexico
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vana Carroll .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Barry Melton .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Frances Doel .... assistant to producer (as Francis Doel)
David Osterhout .... location manager
Stephanie Rothman .... production executive (as Stephanie Rothmann)
Charles S. Swartz .... production executive
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gas-s-s-s" - USA (promotional title)
"Gassss" - USA (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some language, sexuality and drug content (re-rating) (2003)
Runtime:
79 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | UK:18 | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2003)

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Trivia:
The Warrior football team in the movie is the actual name of the Socorro High School team, in Socorro, New Mexico, where part of this movie was filmed, and the real Warrior's colors really are blue and white.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Marshal's man:I say we run them out of town
Marshal McLuhan:That's not the American way! Underneath those ridiculous clothes and destructive attitudes there beats a heart crying: Give me another chance! Who knows, they may be just around a dog lick from... good citizenship.
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Movie Connections:
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"Arrow-feather!", 4 April 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Roger Corman's Gas-s-s-s, his final film as director for AIP, is dated (and probably even was for the period it got released), but somehow it's almost part of its charm. It's an irreverent comedy about a noxious gas that wipes out everybody- at least in the US much as we can figure- who's over the age of 25. Party-time! In what appears to be, in the premise, as a slight twist on Corman's own Last Woman on Earth, it's an epic of low-budget proportions, a rampant fiasco of kids in hippie-wear (or not as case turns out) and the Darwinian struggles that take place as the roughnecks, jocks and bikers-on-country-clubs face off against those darn 'commie-anarchists'. Certainly a good premise indeed, at least for those who love the exploitation fare of the period (myself counted, even as I'm from after that era).

While it might be one of Corman's (intentionally) funnier pictures, there's a nagging feeling that something's not totally there. It is cheap, it is slapdash, it's episodic. The problem, as with some of Corman's other movies, is that a little more effort would make something even more interesting. If there was, for example, another snappy and sharp writer alongside George Armitage, who could whip the script into a tight and awesome shape, it could even be one of the great exploitation films. As it stands, it's merely OK overall. Luckily the good tries to outweigh the bad, which is that there are some really, actually clever one-liners ("Hey, we all have our own inconsistencies, that doesn't stop the revolution," to "Drop that chloride, you commie anarchist!") and seeing the biker country-clubbers and the God lightning bolt climax.

Best of all is to see a running-gag in-joke for Corman- probably more than one, actually. The first is more obvious, and laugh-out-loud, which is a biker Edgar Allen Poe, who just shows up here and there like some sage wise-man (who is, of course, not over 25) with his wife and occasional raven on his shoulder spouting garbled quotes. The second is a little more subtle, which seems to be a play on his film the Trip, as in the psychedelic-type scenes (i.e. dancing to Country Joe and the Fish) with the camera zooming in and out fast, lots of hand-held, etc). Corman's gone through this all before, so it has to be questioned: how much of this is tongue in cheek, and how much is just almost shoddy film-making? Can't be sure. At least there was consistent chuckling to be had, especially at seeing a young Bud Cort in a cowboy hat, and, of all people, Talia Shire!

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