St. Helens

St. Helens

Director: Ernie Pintoff Cast: Art Carney, David Huffman, Cassie Yates


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Ernest Pintoff--jazz trumpeter, painter, animated cartoonist, film theorist--directed his first dramatic feature, Harvey Middleman, Fireman, in 1965. Since that time, Pintoff has refused to be stylistically pigeonholed, turning out everything from comedy concerts (Dynamite Chicken) to spoofish T&A exploitation (Lunch Wagon Girls). St. Helens takes Pintoff into the realm of docudrama, using film clips of the May 18, 1980 eruption of the eponymous volcano to lend credibility to his dramatic re-enactments. Art Carney plays Harry Truman--not the President, but a real-life stubborn old codger who refused to leave his St. Helen's vacation cabin despite the oncoming natural disaster. Carney brings so much vitality to the proceedings that it seems a shame Pintoff couldn't alter the facts and provide Truman with a happy ending. Appearing fleetingly in St. Helen's are Ron "Superfly" O'Neal, Albert Salmi and Nehemiah Persoff.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/2002
UPC: 0096009090296
Original Release: 1981
Rating: PG
Source: Echo Bridge
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:32:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Art Carney Harry Truman
David Huffman David Johnston
Cassie Yates Linda Steele
Ron O'Neal Otis Kaylor
Bill McKinney Kilpatrick
Albert Salmi Clyde Whittaker
Tim Thomerson Sheriff Temple
Henry Darrow Lloyd Wagner
Cesare Danova Actor
Dan Chambers Colonel Arnholt
Nehemiah Persoff Mr. Ellison

Technical Credits
Ernie Pintoff Director
Peter Bellwood Screenwriter
George Berndt Editor
Buckboard Score Composer
Peter S. Davis Producer
Larry Ferguson Screenwriter
Goblin Score Composer
Jacques Haitkin Cinematographer
Magic Lantern Special Effects
Michael T. Murphy Executive Producer
William N. Panzer Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [6:36]
2. Not a Man Alive [6:41]
3. March 24th [8:39]
4. Warm Enough Tuckert [7:47]
5. Recording Occilations [8:01]
6. Don't Get Smart With Me [11:04]
7. Check All Back Roads [6:30]
8. Founder and Pastor [9:10]
9. Dead End [9:23]
10. I Want to Stay [8:09]
11. May 18th [11:14]
12. Closing Credits [3:33]

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