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Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. -- A mysterious gas released from an Alaskan defense plant kills everyone on Earth over the age of 25. The power of the world is thus thrust into the hands of young people.  In HD.


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September 1970 (USA) See more »
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A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old. | Add synopsis »
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Totally freaky movie See more (25 total) »


  (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)

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)
Lorenzo P. Lampthwait .... production assistant
David Osterhout .... location manager
Stephanie Rothman .... production executive (as Stephanie Rothmann)
Charles S. Swartz .... production executive

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Also Known As:
"Gas-s-s-s" - USA (promotional title)
"Gassss" - USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for some language, sexuality and drug content (re-rating) (2003)
79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:18 | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2003)

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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 »
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 »
Cilla:You're first.
Rapist:This is none of your business.
Cilla:I'm the rapee, I should have something to say.
Cilla:You're next, and then you. Come on, honey.
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Movie Connections:
References The Sound of Music (1965)See more »
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Totally freaky movie, 6 February 2002
Author: jonfukk from Uppsala, Sweden

This is the kind of movies that make me feel good. The kind of movies that makes you say: Man! Me and my friends could have made this one!

Anyway.. it's the greatest hippie-road-trip-movie I have ever laid my eyes on


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