5.8/10
545
14 user 8 critic

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.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A repressed, middle-aged divorced U.S. Greek meets a young singer through a dating service and becomes smitten.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Titos Vandis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

This is an insane and fast-paced romantic comedy about a bizarre dinner date among Bruce (Goldblum) and Prudence (Hagerty), and their lunatic therapists, and Bruce's jealous, gun-wielding ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Julie Hagerty, Jeff Goldblum, Glenda Jackson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A down on his luck gambler links up with free spirit Elliot Gould at first to have some fun on, but then gets into debt when Gould takes an unscheduled trip to Tijuana. As a final act of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: George Segal, Elliott Gould, Ann Prentiss
Quintet (1979)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces ... and only the winner survives.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Paul Newman, Vittorio Gassman, Fernando Rey
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A cynical Buffalo Bill hires Sitting Bull to exploit him and add his credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his Wild West Show.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy
A Wedding (1978)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The daughter of a Louisville truck driver marries the scion of a very wealthy family, but reception at the family estate is boycotted by the invited guests.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Carol Burnett, Desi Arnaz Jr., Paul Dooley
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Bud Cort, Shelley Duvall, Sally Kellerman
Streamers (1983)
Crime | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Matthew Modine, Michael Wright, Mitchell Lichtenstein
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing, their special talent and claim to fame. The youngest of the three falls in ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck
Countdown (1967)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Desperate to reach the moon first, NASA sends a man and shelter separately, one-way. He must find it to survive; he can't return until Apollo is ready.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Joanna Moore
Fool for Love (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

May is waiting for her boyfriend in a run-down American motel, when an old flame turns up and threatens to undermine her efforts and drag her back into the life that she was running away from. The situation soon turns complicated.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Sam Shepard, Kim Basinger, Harry Dean Stanton
Secret Honor (1984)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Philip Baker Hall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gloria Burbank
...
Isabella Garnell
...
Harry Wolff
...
Esther Brill
...
Dr. Gil Gainey
...
Colonel Cody
...
Bobby Hammer
Diane Stilwell ...
Willow Wertz
MacIntyre Dixon ...
Fred Munson
...
Sally Benbow
...
Dr. Ruth Ann Jackie
Margery Bond ...
Daisy Bell
...
Lily Bell
Mina Kolb ...
Iris Bell
Allan F. Nicholls ...
Jake Jacobs (as Allan Nicholls)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

H.E.A.L.T.H.  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's title is known to have three different spellings: Health, HealtH, and H.E.A.L.T.H. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Hammer: The breast that feeds the baby rules the world.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Thick and Thin
Music by Bob Ecton
Lyrics by Robert Altman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Health of Nations
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some of the acknowledged Altman "masterpieces" seem sadder to me now. Maybe it's me. Like the last reviewer, I even like this "lesser" Altman (shown recently on FMC), although I don't think he was aiming at a wide audience. Organization politics as a "microcosm" for public campaigns. Some of this satirical "docudrama" is now dated, like Dick Cavett watching the Tonight Show, but I found much of the dialog funny and insightful (e.g. "You are for real. That means you're no threat to anyone"). The story isn't "profound," but I liked it. And the performances are funny, especially Cavett (as "himself"), Lauren Bacall as an aging conservative figurehead, Glenda Jackson (who actually became a member of Parliament) as a left wing ideologue (in the opening scene lecturing someone dressed as a carrot on the sanctity of politics), and Carol Burnett as a basket case. All in the inimitable Altman style, although maybe not quite as inimitable as usual. But pretty inimitable.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?