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aka - Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.
USA 1970
Directed by
Roger Corman
79 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
1.5 stars


Gasss-s-s! is what in its day might have been called a head movie  - which means that you needed to be stoned out of your gourd to watch it. Written by George Armitage who is best known for directing Grosse Point Blank, and directed by exploitation king, Roger Cormon it is a grab bag of every counter-cultural cliché known to mankind mashed together in the ever serviceable road movie template and backed up with a soundtrack by Country Joe and the Fish (who also appear) as it follows the adventures of a bunch of freaks in search of peace, love and understanding, or something like it.

Don't worry about the plot though - it's about the journey not the destination, man. Unfortunately even in its day it wasn't considered a particularly good trip. Apparently the film was re-cut by the producers, AIP, and Corman disowned it but it is difficult to believe that in any form it would have been much better than eminently disposable. Head (1968) it is not, but for anyone who wants an idea of what was considered  groovy in 1968 this has some interest and for trivia buffs, Talia Shire, best known from her brother’s Godfather trilogy and future mother of Jason Schwatzmann, appears billed as Tally Coppola playing a hippie chick

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