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Director:
Writer:
George Armitage (screenplay)
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Release Date:
September 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
This was the last film that Roger Corman directed for American International.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 McLuhan:[to Coel] Everything you need to make it here is in that machine. Opportunity. Security. Self respect.
[showing his jacket's back]
Marshal McLuhan:One day you may be wearing these insignia. And that's democracy in action.
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Movie Connections:
References "Mag magazine" (1988)See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, but flawed Corman curio, 13 July 2003
Author: gortx from United States

This is the film that Roger Corman says was his final straw with AIP. After mildly editing WILD ANGELS and THE TRIP, their virtual elimination of "God" and the obliteration of the original ending led him to form New World Pictures.

Seeing this film at the American Cinemateque in a striking new print shows both its virtues as a one-of-a-kind (well, at least for anybody BUT Corman!) oddity as well as a failed attempt at counter-culture comedy. It's hard to see how even the original Director's Cut (if it exists at all) would really be that much of an improvement. What is on the screen is still probably about 90% of what Corman shot, and it's a scattershot affair. The Cinematography and Music stand out, as well as bits of the acting, particularly by Elaine Giftos.

Roger Corman spoke after the Cinemateque screening.

Corman said that he hadn't seen the movie since its release in 1970. It was edited before its theatrical release by AIP. Most significantly was the almost complete elimination of the voice of "God". Corman speculated that since AIP had gone public (stock market) around that time, that they were concerned that the "Jewish comic"-type voice would be considered sacriligious! Then, AIP cut the most elaborate shot in the entire film. The original ending! Elaine Giftos and Robert Corff were to "walk off into the sunset in the most cliched ending possible." This was shot in a big panaroma shot "with marching bands and the whole cast included." Corman said that it STILL bothers him that as released, the film "has no ending."

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