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Psych-Out (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Thriller | 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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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 ...
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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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Trivia

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 »

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Stoney: [rapping in Dave's rooftop crash pad] Is love lesson number one over, man?
Dave: All the games have to go, man. Cause it's all one big plastic hassle.
Stoney: So live in a jelly jar.
Dave: [gesturing] You see this little beam of light?
[shuts off beam with hand]
Dave: Well, that's all there is. The rest is in your head.
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Referenced in Wanderlust (2006) See more »

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Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
The Strawberry Alarm Clock
Performed by The Strawberry Alarm Clock
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Classic psychedelic trash!
3 January 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

If you try and take 'Psych-Out' seriously you're making a big mistake. This is Haight-Ashbury presented by Dick Clark after all! But as 60s camp it's great fun, and dare I say it worth watching more than "real" head movies from the period like 'Chappaqua' and Antonioni's 'Zabriskie Point'. This mightn't be what the 60s were really like, but after watching Mumblin' Jim and fans at the Ballroom, or the happiest funeral ever, music courtesy of garage Gods The Seeds, you'll wish that it was, and that you were there!

Jack Nicholson stars as Stoney, the leader of small time psych rock band Mumblin Jim'. His band mates include Adam Roarke ('Dirty Mary Crazy Larry') and Max Julien ('The Mack'). Deaf beauty Jenny (Susan Strasberg, 'The Trip') is a runaway looking for estranged brother Steve (Bruce Dern, 'Silent Running'), now known locally as "The Seeker". Dean Stockwell ('Paris, Texas') returned to the screen after a few years absence as tripped out oracle Dave ("It's all just one big plastic hassle", "reality is a dangerous place",etc.). Also look out for future directors Gary Marshall (an uptight cop) and Henry Jaglom (a classic zombie-hallucinating freak out scene!), and performances by Strawberry Alarm Clock.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all just as long as you stay away from the rednecks at the rubbish dump, avoid playing in the traffic on STP, and nobody doing the dirty dishes. Grooovy baby!


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