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E. Hunter Willett (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
6 March 1968 (USA) See more »
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A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Strasberg ... Jenny Davis

Dean Stockwell ... Dave

Jack Nicholson ... Stoney

Bruce Dern ... Steve Davis

Adam Roarke ... Ben
Max Julien ... Elwood

Henry Jaglom ... Warren
Linda Gaye Scott ... Lynn (as Linda G. Scott)
Mireille Machu ... Pandora (as I.J. Jefferson)
Tommy Flanders ... Wesley
Ken Scott ... Preacher

Garry Marshall ... Plainclothesman (as Gary Marshall)
Geoffrey Stevens ... Greg
Susan Bushman ... Little Girl
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Thug (as John Cardos)
Madgel Dean ... The Mother
William Gerrity ... Little Boy
Bob Kelljan ... Arthur (as Robert Kelljan)

Gary Kent ... Thug's Leader
Beatriz Monteil ... Landlady
Dave Morick (as David Morick)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself
The Seeds ... Themselves
The Strawberry Alarm Clock ... Themselves
William Bonner ... Thug (uncredited)
Joyce King ... Woman (uncredited)
Barbara London ... Sadie (uncredited)
Sky Saxon ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Rush 
Writing credits
E. Hunter Willett (screenplay) &
Betty Ulius (screenplay)

E. Hunter Willett (story)

Betty Tusher  screenplay (uncredited)
Betty Tusher  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Dick Clark .... producer
Norman T. Herman .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ronald Stein 
Cinematography by
László Kovács (director of photography) (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Film Editing by
Renn Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Leon Ericksen 
Makeup Department
Rafaelle Patterson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Lewis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elliot Schick .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert Vincent O'Neill .... property master (as Robert O'Neil)
Sound Department
James Contrares .... sound boom
Le Roy Robbins .... mixer (as Leroy Robbins)
Le Roy Robbins .... recordist (as Leroy Robbins)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary Kent .... special effects
Dave Morick .... stuntman (as David Morick)
John 'Bud' Cardos .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Kent .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Gary Kent .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... chief electrician (as Aggie Aguilar)
Foster K. Denker .... electrical grip (as Foster Denker)
Peter Heiser .... camera operator
Jim Morrissett .... special lighting effects
Jack Oliver .... key grip
Bill Pecchi .... key grip
Frank Ruttencutter .... camera operator
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Anderson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Herb Steinore .... assistant film editor
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Joyce King .... script supervisor
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Sheila Scott .... production secretary
Crew believed to be complete

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101 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The movie was meant to perform the same function in relation to The Trip (1967/II). 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 »
Continuity: During the Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" song, the lead guitarist's guitar changes halfway through the song.See more »
Dave:It's all just one big plastic hassle.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Bad Trip Dude., 18 August 2005
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

(Minor Spoilers) Trveling to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco to find her hippie brother Steve, Bruce Dern, pretty but hard of hearing Jenny Davis, Susan Strasberg, get's hooked up with a number of local hippie musicians and an high hippie Guru. The Hippies soon get her addicted to their free love and drug lifestyle that in the end almost cost Jenny her life.

Not that hip with what's happening Jenny falls for smooth talking Stoney (Jack Nicholson) ,by reading his lips, and ends up being bedded down by him at his pad together with a number of his other girlfriends.

Turned on to dangerous hallucinogenic drugs not only by Stoney but hippie Guru Dave(Dean Stockwell) who thinks he's the real deal, when it come to the free-love hippie lifestyle, that his fellow hippie Stoney's isn't. Jenny's brother Steve it turns out is on the run from a gang of thugs who dislike his free-love philosophy. When Jenny and her hippie friends Ben & Elwood, Adam Roarke & Max Julien, together with Stoney go to the junkyard, where Steve had made his home away from home,their attacked by these goons who try to rape Jenny. In the end they gets their butts kicked in by the suddenly non-peaceful but hard hitting hippies.

The fact that Steve, and artist, has his masterpiece on display at the Warren Gellery ,where Stony & Co. are staying at, has him sneaks in at night in order to retrieve it. Confronted by Stoney Steve is told that his sister Jenny's looking for him.

Complety blowing his cover Steve's trapped in a burning building by the thugs who've been looking for him and ends up possibly killed. Were never really shown what happened to Steve much less told just why these thugs were so hateful to him. Since he was just one of thousands of hippies in the city who shared the same ideas that he did; so why did they single him out for special treatment? Jenny is later turned on by Dave, who should have know better, on acid that blows her mind and causes Jenny to drift out on the dangerous Golden Gate Bridge.

With Jenny staggering onto the bridge's roadway and about to be run down and killed by the oncoming traffic Dave, in a moment of redemption for what he did to her, heroically saved Jenny's life but at the cost of his own.

Pretty good film about the 1960's counter culture with guest appearances by the popular late 1960's musical groups "The Seeds" & "The Strawberry Alarm clock". With Jack Nicholson looking more like an extra from the Mel Gibson American Revolutionery epic "The Patriot" then a 1960's type hippie.

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