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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 Nelson .... 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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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Classic psychedelic trash!, 3 January 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

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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