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Robert Altman, the director responsible for M*A*S*H, came up with another acronymic title for his 1979 comedy H.E.A.L.T.H The letter stand for Happiness, Energy And Longevity Through Health--the name given a health-food convention at a Florida luxury hotel. In the tradition of his earlier Nashville and A Wedding, Altman utilizes the hotel as a gathering place for numerous interrelated, interconnecting plot threads. The unifying theme is a satire of corrupt politics, a la Watergate. Playing the unflappable hotel manager, Alfre Woodard stands out in a stellar cast including Carol Burnett, Glenda Jackson, James Garner, Lauren Bacall, Henry Gibson, Dick Cavett, and Paul Dooley (who cowrote the screenplay with Altman and Frank Barhydt). By rights, H.E.A.L.T.H should have been a real crowd pleaser, but the film's preview went so poorly that its release was held up for nearly a year. Virtually thrown away by 20th Century-Fox, H.E.A.L.T.H has appeared recently on The Fox Movie Channel, but never received a commercial video release, which hasn't helped it it attain a following.


Carol Burnett
as Gloria Burbank
Glenda Jackson
as Isabella Garnell
James Garner
as Harry Wolff
Lauren Bacall
as Esther Brill
Dick Cavett
as Dick Cavett
Paul Dooley
as Dr. Gil Gainey
Henry Gibson
as Bobby Hammer
Donald Moffat
as Colonel Cody
Macintyre Dixon
as Fred Munson
Alfre Woodard
as Hotel Manager
Margery Bond
as Daisy Bell
Robert Fortier
as Chief of Security
Julie Janney
as A Steinette
Mina Kolb
as Iris Bell
Ann Ryerson
as Dr. Ruth Ann Jackie
Dinah Shore
as Herself
Diane Stilwell
as Willow Wertz
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  • Feb 25, 2010
    Had a couple funny moments here & there but I mainly found it boring
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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