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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
... 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
... Iris Bell
... 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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One of the film's actors, Paul Dooley, co-wrote the film's screenplay with writer Frank Barhydt and director Robert Altman. See more »

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Bobby Hammer: The breast that feeds the baby rules the world.
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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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Fuzzy Altman...
4 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

As disjointed as it is, HEALTH is still light years more clever than a lot of movies that get wide release so it's a real head scratcher why it sat on the shelf for so long...and is pretty much forgotten now. Assembling his standard large cast, director Robert Altman makes some pointed comments on the hypocrisy of many health food aficionados. Lauren Bacall and Glenda Jackson are well-used as rivals vying for president of a national health organization. Bacall is the best thing in the movie as she claims to be in her eighties --- and has a dog in his forties to boot! She's also senile and kept alive by a sex-starved nurse and a shady manager. Jackson is the clipped tongue naturalist who views herself some sort of Jesus figure for the Health conscious set. Carol Burnett is terrific as a government representative who grows more and more wary of the health movement the more she is exposed to it. Her interview scene with Dick Cavett, as himself, is priceless. James Garner plays Bacall's manager and he's appropriately caddish. Henry Gibson is a hoot as a political dirty trickster. Paul Dooley and Alfre Woodard have a few funny moments as well.


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