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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.

Director:

Robert Altman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Gloria Burbank
Glenda Jackson ... Isabella Garnell
James Garner ... Harry Wolff
Lauren Bacall ... Esther Brill
Paul Dooley ... Dr. Gil Gainey
Donald Moffat ... Colonel Cody
Henry Gibson ... Bobby Hammer
Diane Stilwell Diane Stilwell ... Willow Wertz
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Fred Munson
Alfre Woodard ... Sally Benbow
Ann Ryerson ... Dr. Ruth Ann Jackie
Margery Bond Margery Bond ... Daisy Bell
Georgann Johnson ... Lily Bell
Mina Kolb ... Iris Bell
Allan F. Nicholls ... 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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In 2000, according to the "Robert Altman: Interviews" (2000), director Robert Altman said to David Sterritt of his relationship with the film's original 20th Century Fox studio head: "[Alan Ladd Jr.] had great faith in me. He put his own job on the line". See more »

Quotes

Bobby Hammer: The breast that feeds the baby rules the world.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Health
Songs by Allan F. Nicholls (as Allan Nicholls) and The Steinettes
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Good Altman
14 July 2005 | by spectre316-1See all my reviews

Having only seen two of his pictures previously, I've come to terms with Altman. Before, though, I always labeled his style of film-making "boring." You just have to be in the right mind to appreciate his crazy genius.

"HealtH" is fairly underrated, and very questionably out of print. In fact, I don't think it's ever even been issued to VHS. Why is that? When all of these crappy films get DVD releases daily, this one is left behind for no good reason? Honestly, I had no real problems with this film. It was, for the most part, consistently amusing and funny. Almost all of the scenes are mysteriously interesting for some reason, be it the wonderful dialogue or the subtle performances. There is real skill here.

And Paul Dooley's stint on the bottom of the pool halfway through is fascinating.

If you can, try to find a copy of this forgotten little gem. It's not perfect, but it's much better than most of the sludge out there getting DVD releases. Hell, I'd be happy with a nice VHS copy of this thing.

It's often on the Fox Movie Channel, though, so look out for it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Health See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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