How to Beat the High Cost of Living 41 years old

A hilarious new comedy for everyone who ever wanted to give the oil companies gas pains, turn off the power companies lights and make the banks stand in line for a change.

How to Beat the High Cost of Living

Oregon, 1980: Jane, Elaine and Louise are all feeling the effects of inflation and cannot afford the high cost of living. Jane cannot afford a babysitter or get married and if she wants privacy with her boyfriend, she has to sleep in the car. Even worse, her war veteran father comes to live with her to turn her life upside down. Louise lives a happy life with her veterinarian husband, Albert. She runs an antique shop on the side, but since it doesn't take in any profit, the IRS considers it a hobby. She needs to come up with the money to keep it going, or she will be trouble with the IRS. Elaine's husband has left her for another woman and without any money. She is in a constant struggle with banks, power companies, and gas stations. She needs money to get by and also catches the eye of police officer Jack. The local mall is having a contest that features a giant money ball that states it will help fight the inflation.

Credits

Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange

Louise

Garrett Morris
Garrett Morris

Power & Light Man

Sybil Danning
Sybil Danning

Charlotte

All Cast

Name Character
Jessica Lange She was 31, now 72 years old as Louise
Eddie Albert He was 74, 99 years old when he died as Max
Dabney Coleman He was 48, now 89 years old as Jack Heintzel
Art Metrano He was 43, now 84 years old as Gas Station Attendant
Michael Bell He was 41, now 83 years old as Tom
Fred Willard He was 40, 80 years old when he died as Robert
Richard Benjamin He was 42, now 83 years old as Albert
Sybil Danning She was 28, now 69 years old as Charlotte
Jane Curtin She was 32, now 73 years old as Elaine
Cathryn Damon She was 49, 56 years old when she died as Natalie
Garrett Morris He was 43, now 84 years old as Power & Light Man
Susan Saint James She was 33, now 74 years old as Jane
Ronnie Schell He was 48, now 89 years old as Bill Pike
Al Checco He was 54, 89 years old when he died as Tim Lundy
Susan Tolsky She was 37, now 78 years old as Patty

Crew

Name Department
Lawrence G. Paull as Production Design. He was 42 (81) years old when He died Art
Jane Feinberg as Casting. Production
Mike Fenton as Casting. Production
Bill Butler as Editor. He was 59 (now 100) years old Editing
James Crabe as Director of Photography. He was 48 (57) years old when He died Camera
Jerome M. Zeitman as Producer. Production
Samuel Z. Arkoff as Executive Producer. He was 62 (83) years old when He died Production
Robert Kaufman as Producer. He was 49 (60) years old when He died Production
Robert Kaufman as Screenplay. He was 49 (60) years old when He died Writing
Robert Scheerer as Director. He was 51 (89) years old when He died Directing
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How to Beat the High Cost of Living (41 years)

A hilarious new comedy for everyone who ever wanted to give the oil companies gas pains, turn off the power companies lights and make the banks stand in line for a change.

  • Release day: Friday, July 11, 1980
  • Runtime: 105 minutes