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Getting Straight (1970)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  13 May 1970 (USA)
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A Vietnam vet and former social radical is conflicted by his desire to become a teacher and his sympathy with anti-establishment student protests.

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Harry Bailey
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Jan
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Nick
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Dr. Edward Willhunt
Max Julien ...
Ellis
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Dr. Kasper
Jon Lormer ...
Vandenburg
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Lysander
William Bramley ...
Wade Linden
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Judy Kramer
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Herbert
Richard Anders ...
Dr. Greengrass
Brenda Sykes ...
Luan
Jenny Sullivan ...
Sheila
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Garcia
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Harry Bailey has returned from Vietnam and returns to college to earn his masters degree so he can teach English. He is considered a hero among the radical student body, but still sees the absurdity on both sides of the fence. He contends with the reactionary administration and the impetuous, often futile objectives of the restless students. He acts as a mediator between the two feuding bodies. On top of everything else, his girlfriend Jan wants to marry him and live a life in the suburbs. He is cornered and finally lets loose at his own masters degree dissertation meeting, just as the latest protest heats up. Written by thustlebird

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America's children lay it on the line.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Lane Community College in Eugene served as the location for the film. The new campus was in the final stages of construction at the time of production. This allowed the film crew to easily simulate the occupation of offices and buildings by protesters without interfering with actual campus life. Some pyrotechnic effects were used, including one that used black powder and petroleum that blackened an exterior wall and startled the cast and crew. A technician apologized for overdoing the effect (an understatement). Many local people were involved, including a few hand-picked for stunt work. See more »

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Harry Bailey: [Bitterly and sarcastically to Ellis] Yes, I really approve of your protest about letting the lab monkeys copulate before they are taken into vivisection. One of the burning issues of our times!
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Ain't No Way
Written by D. Peyton and M. Kaniger
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We were all idealistic once.
6 September 2000 | by (Columbia, Maryland USA) – See all my reviews

Mind you this film IS thirty years old and reflects what was "politically correct" for that era. We do see the early signs of the change from hippie to yuppie. Remember Jerry Rubin's conversion to capitalism? It doesn't wear well however, thirty years of wear at our ardor and idealism shows this film to be a faded glory. If a young person that wasn't around for the march from "the summer of love"; through "is Paul dead"; "Kent State"; and Watergate; and wants to see 1970 through a looking glass.. Just remember that you're looking at a different world.


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