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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Health See more »

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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Has never been released on video or DVD due to a music clearance issue. 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

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

Soundtracks

Health
Songs by Allan F. Nicholls (as Allan Nicholls) and The Steinettes
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A film way ahead of its time....
30 September 2005 | by rngmastaSee all my reviews

This was the very first film I was in as an actor. Robert Altman himself chose me as "The Carrot" after casting director Rick Sparks suggested me for the role. The total experience filming was nothing but positive. Mr. Altman was a delight to work with and watch him gleefully direct his cast of repertory actors. The film was "shelved" for a few years before it was finally released nationwide in limited release. His films are more for "groupies" who "get" his brand of humor, where today Christopher Guest's improvisational films featuring a "rep" group of actors seem to be more widely accepted and understood. Mr. Altman is a sincere passionate director and lets his ensemble of players breathe life into the improvisational scenes. Carol Burnett is a class act on and off the screen. Glenda Jackson equals her. Lauren Bacall was more aloof. James Garner would spend hours signing autographs on the beach for the gallery of fans in the hot sun following the long hours of shooting. He is the consummate pro. Many people may not "get" HEALTH, but it was way ahead of its time and today would be a hit with the world's political scene more controversial as this cast of characters is. P.S. I played "the carrot" in the opening and closing scenes! how's that for getting "roots" as an actor?


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