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|Directed by||Roger Corman|
|Produced by||Roger Corman|
|Written by||George Armitage|
|Music by||Country Joe & the Fish
|Editing by||George Van Noy|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
|Running time||79 min.|
Gas-s-s-s (also known as Gas! or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It) is a 1971 motion picture produced and released by American International Pictures. It was producer Roger Corman's final film for AIP, after a long association. He was unhappy because AIP made several cuts to the film without his approval, including removing the final shot where God commented on the action - a shot which Corman regarded as one of the greatest he had made in his life.
The movie is a post-apocalyptic dark comedy, about survivors of an accidental military gas leak, of an experimental agent that kills everyone on Earth over the age of twenty-five. (A cartoon title sequence shows a John Wayne-esque Army General announcing — and denouncing — the "accident"; the story picks up after the victims have died.)
The lead characters, Coel and Cilla, were played by Bob Corff and Elaine Giftos, and the cast features Ben Vereen, Cindy Williams, Bud Cort and Talia Shire (credited as "Tally Coppola") in early roles. Country Joe McDonald makes an appearance, as spokesman "AM Radio".
- Jeremiah, a 2002 TV series set in a post-apocalyptic future where most of the adult population has been wiped out by a deadly virus (based on the 1979 Belgian comic book of the same name).
- Roger Corman & Jim Jerome, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never lost a Dime, Muller, 1990 p 166
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