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      Gas-s-s-s

      R Released Feb 17, 1971 1 hr. 19 min. Musical Comedy List
      Reviews 19% 50+ Ratings Audience Score After a chemical accident releases a deadly gas killing everyone over 25, the world is left in the hands of its youth. Sardonic hippie Coel (Robert Corff) takes off with his girlfriend, Cilla (Elaine Giftos), in search of better areas after inexperienced authorities overrun their hometown. Heading west, the pair is joined by Marissa (Cindy Williams) and Carlos (Ben Vereen), another couple looking for answers. Encountering freaks and eccentrics, the foursome forges ahead, trying to survive. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Has a goofy, groovy 1960s charm, but it's pretty dumb. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Everyone under 25 dies and then...nothing happens. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Even Roger Corman should be embarrassed over this one. One of the highleghts was a Golf Cart chase. Horrible acting, horrible music and both Cindy and Ben must have really needed the money. One star is generous Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member By the end of the 1960's, producer and director Roger Corman wanted to comment on hippy idealism, and also comment on the alienation of Vietnam on America. So, he made this post-apocalyptic satire, which was a good idea at the time, But, American International delayed it's release by a year due to the Manson murders and re-cut it. Corman would never work for them again as a result. This is set after an accidental military gas leak, which kills everyone on Earth over the age of 25. But there are some police officers around, rounding up hippies. One of which is Coel (Bob Corff) who ends up on the run and ends up with Cilla (Elaine Giftos), a scientist who is looking for a lost hippie called Utopia. On the road to New Mexico, they pick up revolutionary Carlos (Ben Vereen) and his pregnant girlfriend Marissa (Cindy Williams) and their hippie friends Hooper (Bud Cort) and Coralee (Talia Shire). But along the way they see sights such as a football team on dune buggies and Country Joe and the Fish on a golf course. It's clear that this is trying to be an American take on Richard Lester's films, especially The Bed-Sitting Room (1969), but it doesn't work, and our heroes go from one hippy happening to another. If Corman's The Trip (1967) showed one side of hippy culture, this shows the other, if the lunatics got power, and it looks bad. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is kind of like "Lord of the Flies" meets "Woodstock" but with dune buggies. Roger Corman delivers a farcical tale of what happens when the kids of the psychedelic 60s find themselves in charge of the world after a mysterious gas kills everyone over the age of 25. The film is something of a disjointed mess, but it has a good cast that includes Bud Cort, Talia Shire (billed as Tally Coppola), Ben Vereen, and Cindy Williams. The film was also written by George Armitage, who later went on to direct some memorable films including "Miami Blues" and "Grosse Pointe Blank". But you can't really blame Corman for the film's disjointedness. The film was actually taken out of his hands and re-edited by the studio against his wishes, but despite this, it's still a pretty funny and clever film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is a little Benny Hill combined with an hippy odyssey where those under 25 have to choose between old societal structures or create a new one. Sometimes the satire is flat, but other times the intellectual references are dead on. The bikers spouting capitalist's platitudes is hilarious, and reflect many dynamics in America to this day. Far too whimsical for just entertainment, but if you're in the mood to be whimsical; you can go places by going here. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      John Hofsess Maclean's Magazine ... the nadir of "youth cult" pandering and Corman's long-and-always-low film career. Oct 21, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It takes more than a few hits on the bong to get into this messy pic. Rated: C May 22, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis After a chemical accident releases a deadly gas killing everyone over 25, the world is left in the hands of its youth. Sardonic hippie Coel (Robert Corff) takes off with his girlfriend, Cilla (Elaine Giftos), in search of better areas after inexperienced authorities overrun their hometown. Heading west, the pair is joined by Marissa (Cindy Williams) and Carlos (Ben Vereen), another couple looking for answers. Encountering freaks and eccentrics, the foursome forges ahead, trying to survive.
      Director
      Roger Corman
      Screenwriter
      George Armitage
      Production Co
      San Jacinto Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 17, 1971, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 19, 2017