I never heard about this one before, but stumbled upon it on this blog-post
anybody seen it or knows how to get a copy?
Why would you post a topic about a dead man’s health? No offense, but you’re disingenuous, sick, or stupid.
I don’t think it’s ever been released on either VHS or DVD. It’s not very good, it’s worse than A Wedding, to give you an idea of where it stands in the Altman filmography.
one of his best films
insightful film about the health boom of the time with a lot of silly jokes some of which are hilarious
the only time Garner acted for Altman and Bacall and Cavett are great.
I would really love to see this film.
With only 1 or 2 exceptions, I tend to believe that Robert Altman’s “bad” films are actually really quite bad, and HealtH is no exception.
LOL @ Z. Bart.
Oh, I saw it on a bootleg VHS copy years ago. I think it was taped off TV. I’m sure there’s a torrent of it somewhere….
Yeah, it’s hard to find for a reason. A torrent of somebody’s thirty year old videotape of a TV broadcast is about as good as one is likely to do at this point.
it shows up on turner classic movies or Fox Movie channel occasionally
I’ve been trying to find this for a while with no success. Even the video store that seems to have lots of rarities doesn’t have this one.
Interesting fact: this was said to be Ronald Reagan’s least favourite movie. And that’s the end of my contribution to this discussion.
(Would love to see this of course, I generally enjoy Altman even on his supposed bad days – I think I’m one of the three people who actually liked Dr. T and the Women, for instance).
EDIT: Just read a review in which the reviewer apparently saw a serialised version of the film on YouTube. I sent him a message asking for the link – I’ll get back to this thread if anything materialises!
" I think I’m one of the three people who actually liked Dr. T and the Women, for instance)"
Dr. T is one of my exceptions.
I like the idea of it as Reagan’s least favorite film. I would think the Gipper would have also hated O.C. & Stiggs. I dunno. I think I have trouble when Altman tries to be funny.
No offense Z. Bart but you sound like you might be a prick, asshole or stupid. Read the link before you attack somebody you fool.
Come on americanwatergummo, detect a joking sarcastic tone before you attack someone for being a prick! Z. Bart was clearly kidding.
HEALTH is an exceptionally weak Altman. But it’s the debut of Alfre Woodard who’s the best thing in it. Even at his worst Altman always offers something.
I’m a big fan of “O.C. & Stiggs” BTW.
Kidding, Gummo. Go back to creating your inanely tasteless threads.
Saw H.E.A.L.T.H. at a film festival in 1980. I don’t believe it ever had a commercial release until VHS sometime much later. Although not as bad as some of Altman’s failures it is pretty forgettable. Considering what a great filmmaker he was (and I think he is unequaled) he has in his filmography some of the greatest stinkers of all time (A Perfect Couple, Quintet, O.C. and Stiggs, Beyond Therapy, Kansas City and more).
I really liked a wedding saw it last week 4 out of 5 and anyone who dosen’t like it can go suck an egg
Aw man, I hate suckin’ eggs!
Reagan probably hated it because he’s a pretty obvious satirical target.
If you have Fox Movie Channel, keep an eye on their schedule, they’ve shown it. DVRed it off of them myself.
Put me down as a big fan of Quintet & OC & Stiggs.
A Wedding is one of my favorite Altman films.
Wow, I may have to have another look at O.C. and Stiggs – if I can find it (but you can’t make me sit through Quintet again. I’ve seen it at least twice and it only gets worse with each viewing). Still, I love that there are fans of what I consider to be the worst of the worst of Altman’s films. He is my favourite filmmaker and a terrible Altman film is generally more interesting than the average fare. Except Kansas City. That’s just terrible.
I also love OC and Stiggs. Witty farce, equal parts loving and fierce. Imagine John Hughes drunk on Mescal and immersed in Guy Debord.
I quite like Kansas City. But A Wedding as favorite Altman film, Santino? Really? In the words of Santino, that’s crazy talk.
lol – It’s got Carol Burnett! It’s a sure-fire crowd pleaser!
one would have to be against jazz music to hate Kansas City
its very good
Health isn’t even in the database. How awful can it be?
^I’d call it unHealthy
Reagen apparently screened it at Camp David and called it (and I quote) “the world’s worst movie” in his diary.
I think HEALTH has a lot of funny things in it…the whole send up of the health food craze & the performers are all great…Glenda Jackson with her Jesus complex, Lauren Bacall as that ancient virgin, Paul Dooley is hilarious and Henry Gibson is in it! It appears as though Carol Burnett is improvising everything…her diatribe to Dick Cavett is priceless.
I am a pretty huge Altman fan and i’ve never heard of this film. I will definitely be looking into it.
also, LOL @ Z.Bart Why would you post a topic about a dead man’s health? No offense, but you’re disingenuous, sick, or stupid. this was the first thing from the internet that actually made me outwardly chuckle today.