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Whiffs (1975)

A private applies to be a test subject for the military's new chemical weapons program. After many tests he decides to use his knowledge on chemical warfare to rob banks. He will need a partner, though.

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Ted Post
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Dudley Frapper
Eddie Albert ... Colonel Lockyer
Harry Guardino ... Chops Mulligan
Godfrey Cambridge ... Dusty
Jennifer O'Neill ... Lt. Scottie Hallam
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Det. Sgt. Poultry
Don 'Red' Barry ... Sgt. Post (as Donald 'Red' Barry)
James Brown ... State Trooper
Richard Masur ... Lockyer's Aide
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... Bartender Wally (as Karl Lucas)
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Gopian
Matt Greene Matt Greene ... Sentry
Larry Marmorstein Larry Marmorstein ... Police Dispatcher
Danny Wells Danny Wells ... Civilian Doctor
Philip Roth Philip Roth ... Waiter (as Phil Roth)
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A private applies to be a test subject for the military's new chemical weapons program. After many tests he decides to use his knowledge on chemical warfare to rob banks. He will need a partner, though.

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The Army's prize guinea pigs turn on the gas! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1976 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

W.H.I.F.F.S. See more »

Filming Locations:

Dugway, Utah, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Brut Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Now That We're in Love
Music by George Barrie
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Steve Lawrence
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Contaminated by a lack of good humor.
14 December 1998 | by emmSee all my reviews

I liked the kind of idea that WHIFFS had: an Army soldier on a medical discharge who plans to make history since World War I by contaminating a small town only to rob banks. Very strange, indeed! Despite its satiric message on chemical warfare (and to take on M*A*S*H for the time), it didn't contain enough comedy and it simply tries too hard at it. It suffers unrealistically as well. There is some considerably poor acting most of the time, and if you're not deaf, you may hear somebody behind camera making noises on Elliot Gould's gaseous state. The songs were nothing special to bring home Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, either. Much improved humorous detail would've helped this one greatly. A nice shot at making a nifty satire at life after the military, but it left me wanting more. Rent this one and see what you think.


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