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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.

Director:

Robert Altman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Gloria Burbank
Glenda Jackson ... Isabella Garnell
James Garner ... Harry Wolff
Lauren Bacall ... Esther Brill
Paul Dooley ... Dr. Gil Gainey
Donald Moffat ... Colonel Cody
Henry Gibson ... Bobby Hammer
Diane Stilwell Diane Stilwell ... Willow Wertz
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Fred Munson
Alfre Woodard ... Sally Benbow
Ann Ryerson ... Dr. Ruth Ann Jackie
Margery Bond Margery Bond ... Daisy Bell
Georgann Johnson ... Lily Bell
Mina Kolb ... 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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Comedy

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Trivia

One of the first cinema movies of actress Alfre Woodard. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Altman (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Health
Songs by Allan F. Nicholls (as Allan Nicholls) and The Steinettes
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Nashville, Jr.
13 August 2005 | by RodReels-2See all my reviews

"HEALTH" never comes near the brilliance of Robert Altman's earlier political satire, "Nashville"; but it has its moments. I found it interesting because of the good characterizations from all of the participants, but bringing it all together into a unifying theme seems to be absent from this Altman effort. The movie starts out promising but seems to lose steam before its hour and 45 minute running time is over. The ending disappoints because the outcome is so obvious from the first few frames. Still the viewer can have fun along the way: Lauren Bacall lifting her hand for purity and then sometimes inexplicably dropping off into oblivion; Paul Dooley lying at the bottom of the swimming pool as a campaign stunt; Dick Cavett relaxing in his hotel room watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Granted you would have to be a certain age to appreciate that last joke. Still, one wonders what was in Altman's mind in creating this film. Since it was made in 1980, I would think it would be a veiled criticism of Ronald Reagan's ascension to the presidency. But it never stretches itself far enough to really make that point. So I may be reading more into it than is intended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Health See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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