Director: Roger Corman Cast: Robert Corff, Elaine Giftos, George Armitage

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They used to say "don't trust anyone over 30," but there's no one over 30 left to distrust in this loosely plotted satirical comedy directed by Roger Corman. During the opening ceremonies for a chemical and biological weapons facility in Alaska, an experimental gas is accidentally released which has an unusual effect -- it rapidly advances the aging process of those over 25, while those under 25 are left untouched. Soon, the world's elders are dead, with the planet left to the youth. Wisecracking hippy Coel (Robert Corff) and his girlfriend, Cilla (Elaine Giftos), discover that rookie cops and conservative frat rats have taken over their hometown of Dallas, TX, so they hit the road in his vintage Ford Edsel in search of a friendly commune in New Mexico. Along the way, they pair up with music-obsessed Marissa and her radical boyfriend, Carlos (Ben Vereen), and as they look for their new home, they encounter Hell's Angels-turned-country club members, a neo-fascist football team, a pack of painfully shy would-be sexual predators, rock star and self-proclaimed "godhead" A.M. Radio (Country Joe McDonald), and Edgar Allen Poe (Bruce Karcher), who roams the highways on his motorcycle. Gas-S-S-S! (aka Gas-s-s-s...or, It May Become Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It) proved to be the last of Roger Corman's many projects for American International Pictures; according to Corman, AIP subjected the film to severe prerelease cutting without his consent, and the interference was one of the factors that inspired him to start his own company, New World Pictures. The film also provided early supporting roles for Bud Cort and Talia Shire, the latter billed as Tally Coppola; psychedelic rock band Country Joe & the Fish appear in a concert sequence and provide the film's musical score.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2016
UPC: 0887090128117
Original Release: 1970
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 48,472

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Corff Coel
Elaine Giftos Cilla
George Armitage Billy The Kid
Alex Wilson Jason
Alan Braunstein Dr. Drake
Ben Vereen Carlos
Cindy Williams Marissa
Bud Cort Hooper
Country Joe & the Fish F.M. Radio
Lou Procopio Marshall McLuhan
Jackie Farley Ginny
Phil Borneo Quant
Gary Caplan Raincoat Harry
Peter Fain Policeman
Stephan Graham Thief
David R. Osterhout Texas Ranger
Pat Patterson Demeter
Mike Castle Hippie
Talia Shire Coralee
Alan DeWitt Dr. Murder
Country Joe McDonald AM Radio

Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director,Producer
George Armitage Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Country Joe & the Fish Score Composer
Ron Dexter Cinematographer
Stephan Graham Set Decoration/Design
Barry Melton Score Composer
David Nichols Art Director
Paul Rapp Production Manager
James Tanenbaum Sound/Sound Designer
George Van Noy Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gas-S-S-S!
1. Chapter 1 [7:16]
2. Chapter 2 [8:35]
3. Chapter 3 [8:56]
4. Chapter 4 [11:06]
5. Chapter 5 [9:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:52]
7. Chapter 7 [10:53]
8. Chapter 8 [10:54]
9. Chapter 9 [:11]

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