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E. Hunter Willett (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
6 March 1968 (USA) See more »
come where the PLEASURE LOVERS are See more »
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tune in Trip Out (2003) (V)See more »
Ashbury WednesdaySee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Stupid, but VERY colorful and never dull, 2 December 2002
Author: preppy-3 from United States

A 17 year old deaf mute (Susan Stasberg!?!) tries to find her brother (Bruce Dern) in 1968 San Franciscos Haight-Ashbury area. A musician (Jack Nicholson) and his friends try to help her.

The plot is unbelievable from the word "go" and, despite location shooting in Haight-Ashbury, this is a very Hollywoodized look at hippies. Everybody is so healthy, friendly, helpful and they live in colorful, spotlessly clean huge houses happily. That was NOT the way it was--any documentary on the 60s could tell you that. Realism aside, this is one of AIP's best pictures.

The dialogue is VERY dated (and hysterically funny) as are the situations, but the film never stops moving, is shot in deep rich color, has good acting (considering) and is never once dull. Check out a most interesting "funeral" in the film and a very funny sex sequence. However, at the end, it gets VERY serious and has a depressing ending. Too bad--it's totally at odds with the rest of the film. Still--well worth seeing.

It also stars Dean Stockwell (who has the best lines) and Garry Marshall (!!!) in a bit as a cop! Produced by Dick Clark!

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