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HealtH (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 12 September 1980 (USA)
A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.

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Gloria Burbank
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Isabella Garnell
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Harry Wolff
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Esther Brill
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Dr. Gil Gainey
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Colonel Cody
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Bobby Hammer
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Fred Munson
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Sally Benbow
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Daisy Bell
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Lily Bell
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Iris Bell
Allan F. Nicholls ...
Jake Jacobs (as Allan Nicholls)
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A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.

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The film has often been compared with director Robert Altman's earlier movie Nashville (1975). See more »

Quotes

Bobby Hammer: The breast that feeds the baby rules the world.
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Crazy Credits

You hear a woman's voice say "Hit it" and then you hear the drum part of the Fox fanfare without the horns and then the drum part was repeated again. See more »

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Thick and Thin
Music by Bob Ecton
Lyrics by Robert Altman
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If you're an Altman fan, worth finding
15 September 2006 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of Altman's large ensemble casts, as evidenced in major films like M.A.S.H., Nashville, Gosford Park, and lesser seen films like A Wedding, then you will no doubt be entertained by HealtH. Centered around a Health Convention where two women are running for President, HealtH contains many of Altman's latter 70s regulars like Paul Dooley (who helped write the film), Carol Burnett, and Henry Gibson, while also including top star Altman newcomers like Lauren Bacall, James Garner, and Glenda Jackson. Like a lot of Altman ensemble films there are numerous subplots in this film, but it is not nearly as overwhelming as films like Nashville or A Wedding, rather it has a more centered feel, perhaps like M.A.S.H. or Gosford Park. The whole thing is an obvious satire on the Health movement, filled with over-top, outlandish, contradictive characters, with guest stars like Dick Cavett providing a wry commentary on the whole thing. Underlining the whole election process is Altman's characteristic pessimism about politics and public appeal but what is most appealing about this film is the sheer fun most people seem to be having. This would be one of Altman's last films like this for a while!


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