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George Armitage (screenplay)
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Release Date:
September 1970 (USA) See more »
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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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A Roger Corman 60's freakout, recut by its studio See more (25 total) »

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)

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)
 
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Paul Rapp .... production manager
 
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Robert Dijoux .... assistant director
 
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Peter Fain .... property master
 
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James M. Tanenbaum .... sound (as James Tanenbaum)
 
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Conrad Rothmann .... special effects supervisor
 
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Eric Maxwell .... key grip
John C. Murray .... electrician (as John Murray)
 
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Jeanne Swain .... casting: New Mexico
 
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Vana Carroll .... wardrober
 
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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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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)
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79 min
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Australia:M | UK:18 | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (2003)

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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:
Cilla:You're first.
Rapist:This is none of your business.
Cilla:I'm the rapee, I should have something to say.
[pointing]
Cilla:You're next, and then you. Come on, honey.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Roger Corman 60's freakout, recut by its studio, 26 May 2000
Author: silentgpaleo

In Roger Corman's autobiography, he says that this film, GASsss, was a deciding factor in his leaving the employ of AIP. The film, as it stands, is a valiant effort at a counterculture comedy, and although the jokes are mostly dated today, the film is an interesting bit of drive-in history.

We open in 1968, which was the current year when this was made. A hippie is running from cops, and hides in a church.The hippie dresses as a priest,and dodges the cops. While sitting in the confessional,he meets a young female scientist on the run. She can tell he's not a real priest, because he uses the F word.

The hippie learns what the scientist is running from. She had left an experiment station where a chemical gas was escaping. The gas supposedly kills everyone over 28 years old, so, in essence, the older generations would be wiped out.

This leaves the world in shambles. The hippie and his now-girlfriend scientist make a trip south, to try to locate a commune/pueblo that is setting up to shelter those who have survived.

I don't want to give much else away, except that there are several characters the two meet on their journey south. Ben Vereen and Cindy Williams(pregnant) play a hip couple, and some football players show up. There's also bikers on golfcarts (hippie: "Who are you?" , biker:"Don't get metaphysical.")and assorted failed gags, and some funny ones. I especially liked the more obnoxious characters.

But my girlfriend hated the whole film. She disliked all the whole free-love jive, and she just didn't get the jokes. I got the jokes, even the bad ones. But I enjoyed it, and she didn't. I tried to argue that Corman was talented.

In fact, until Corman set up shop with New Horizons some twenty years ago, he was consistent in making films that were not always good, but usually fairly intelligent and provocative. When Corman was hot, from the mid-50's to the late 60's, he was good.

GASsss is the tail-end of that streak.He directed one more film after this, the dull VonReichtoven and Brown, and retired to be a producer. The only other flicks I've seen him do(Frankenstein Unbound and The Phantom Eye) have been unworthy ventures.

So, my point is that GASsss was Corman's last film as director that really succeeded to entertain. Yes, the cuts that AIP imposed on some of the chancier jokes do hurt the film.(who knows how funny it would've been to hear God narrate the story with a Jewish accent? Or how breathtaking the final shot would have been, a tracking shot that Corman says was the best shot in his career, left on the cutting room floor). Then again, I'm not sure if the film would've made much more sense than it does now.

Yes, GASsss is a failure, but an interesting one. If you're feeling patient one night for a 60's time capsule, and you like Country Joe and the Fish, this the film for you.

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