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Psych-Out (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 March 1968 (USA)
A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn (as Linda G. Scott)
Mireille Machu ...
Pandora (as I.J. Jefferson)
Tommy Flanders ...
Plainclothesman (as Gary Marshall)
Geoffrey Stevens ...
Susan Bushman ...
Little Girl
Thug (as John Cardos)


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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$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 »


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


Dave: Well, pretty soon that little girl you're pretending not to notice, that one standing right there with her eyes full of love, pretty soon you'll start worrying about whether you can afford her. And then it's buy now, pay later. 9 to 5 the rest of your life.
Stoney: [sarcastic] Pretty soon the boogie man'll get me.
Dave: [to Jenny] You're looking lovely this morning, Jenny. Tell him I'm right. You're not one to play games. Tell him how it is.
Jenny Davis: I'm just catching a bus.
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Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
The Strawberry Alarm Clock
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Holy S**t
26 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

When I first read the synopsis for Psych-Out, I expected it to be incredibly stupid, but once I watched it I decided otherwise. This film provides a rare look into a time too offen reduced to nostalgic simplicities. A true time capsule, watch and see. NOTE: It is quite embarrassing when Nicholson is miming (on guitar) a bastardized version of Purple Haze, but the scene is enjoyable nonetheless. Great music by Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Seeds (both bands perform live in the film). The STP sequences are fun to watch. Another part is where Elwoood (Max Julian)fights a bunch of garbage gargoyles in a local dump, but since he ate a hit of acid, he sees them as knights and dragons. Bruce Dern plays a good role in this film as 'The Seeker' who is being looked for by his sister Jenny (Susan Strasberg). Dave (Dean Stockwell) is an acid freak and his role is equally effective. But the main treat is seeing Jack Nicholson (as Stoney) with long hair saying 'out of sight' and crashing around in a van with his psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim. Although not for everyone, this film can be incredibly enjoyable.

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