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Psych-Out (1968)

 -  Drama | Music | Thriller  -  6 March 1968 (USA)
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A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother.

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Jenny Davis
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Dave
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Steve Davis
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Ben
Max Julien ...
Elwood
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Warren
Linda Gaye Scott ...
Lynn (as Linda G. Scott)
Mireille Machu ...
Pandora (as I.J. Jefferson)
Tommy Flanders ...
Wesley
Ken Scott ...
Preacher
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Plainclothesman (as Gary Marshall)
Geoffrey Stevens ...
Greg
Susan Bushman ...
Little Girl
John 'Bud' Cardos ...
Thug (as John Cardos)
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Jenny, a deaf runaway who has just arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to find her long-lost brother, a mysterious bearded sculptor known around town as The Seeker. She falls in with a psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim, whose members include Stoney, Ben, and Elwood. They hide her from the fuzz in their crash pad, a Victorian house crowded with love beads and necking couples. Mumblin' Jim's truth-seeking friend Dave considers the band's pursuit of success "playing games," but he agrees to help Jennie anyway. Written by alfiehitchie

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6 March 1968 (USA)  »

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Love on Haight  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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The movie was meant to perform the same function in relation to The Trip (1967). Jack Nicholson had written a script that director Richard Rush thought was too "experimental" for mainstream cinema, so the concept of a 'youth" film based in San Francisco and dealing with flower power and drugs was taken over by other writers and Nicholson did not eventually receive a screen credit for his work, although he took what was essentially the male lead in the picture. But Nicholson wrote the part of Stoney for himself as part of the package. See more »

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During the Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" song, the lead guitarist's guitar changes halfway through the song. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Reality is a deadly place. I hope this trip is a good one.
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Edited into Love & Haight (2003) See more »

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Incense and Peppermints
John Carter, Tim Gilbert
Performed by The Strawberry Alarm Clock
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I'M PSYCHED ON PSYCH-OUT!
14 October 2003 | by (East Windsor CT) – See all my reviews

I purchased this movie recently as one of those "MIDNITE MOVIES", that MGM has put out as a double feature on DVD. I absolutely love this movie. If you want to know what 1968 looked like, really looked like in the hippie world at that time, this movie is for you!

Some people might think it's a bad movie, or corny. Well, it's 1968, when people acted more like philosophers than the arrogant, ignorant "HEY YO" types of today. I would much rather have the former than the latter.

In my opinion, 1968 was the Best of times, and the Worst of times. We had Vietnam, the end of the Johnson era, and the beginning of the Nixon-Agnew regime. (and those were the good old days!) There was the young people's movement on College Campuses, War Protestation, Untimely demises of leaders such as Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. What was once a small exclusive lifestyle in San Francisco California blossomed into a lifestyle for this country and the entire world ultimately. It was the movements of the mid-late 1960's that still fuel us today!!!

Jack Nicholson classes up any movie, and he does so here! I love Susan Strasberg, and there are many other great young actors. Bruce Dern, Dean Stockwell, Adam Rourke, to name a few. The music is mostly by the Strawberry Alarm Clock, and there is a scene called "The Beads of Innocence" that you shouldn't miss!!! The Colors, the Sounds, the Lights! It's all good!

So if you are in a mellow mood to tune in and trip out, then Psych Out is your movie! I give it a full five stars! Loved it!


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