Release dateJuly 24, 1981 WriterSusan Scranton (story), Dick Wolf (screenplay), Dick Wolf (story) CastHowie Mandel (Matt Lloyd), Donald Sutherland, Susan Anspach, Sterling Hayden, Helen Shaver Similar moviesShred (2008)
TaglineThe comedy that pumps the fun into summer.
gas movie ad from 1981
(not to be confused with a similar-sounding 1970 film Gas-s-s-s)
Gas is a 1981 Canadian comedy film released by Paramount Pictures, the plot of which was inspired by the 1979 energy crisis.
A small Midwestern town is thrown into chaos when the local oil tycoon (Sterling Hayden) orchestrates a phony oil shortage in order to increase profits. A news reporter (Susan Anspach) tries to uncover the plot, and a radio DJ in a helicopter (Donald Sutherland) reports on the craziness caused by the gasoline shortage.
Susan Anspach ... Jane Beardsley
Howie Mandel ... Matt Lloyd
Sterling Hayden ... Duke Stuyvesant
Helen Shaver ... Rhonda
Sandee Currie ... Sarah Marshal
Peter Aykroyd ... Ed Marshal
Keith Knight ... Ira
Alf Humphreys ... Lou Picard
Philip Akin ... Lincoln Jones
Michael Hogan ... Guido Vespucci
Paul Kelman ... Nino Vespucci
Donald Sutherland ... Nick the Noz
Dustin Waln ... Earl Stuyvesant
Vlasta Vrána ... Baron Stuyvesant
Harvey Chao ... Lee Kwan
The film was released November 11, 1998 by Paramount Home Video on VHS. It has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray.