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Getting Straight (1970)

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
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Ellis
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Dr. Kasper
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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
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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. See more »

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Elliott Gould's character Harry Bailey has the same last name as the protagonist George Bailey (James Stewart) from Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946). See more »

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Jan: How can you be so cavalier? Did you see what was going on out there? It was ugly!
Harry Bailey: No. That protest... was sexy.
Jan: Sexy?
Harry Bailey: Do you think you're the only one who got laid tonight?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Elliott Gould/Anne Murray (1976) See more »

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Written by Dan Peyton and Marty Kaniger
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ONE MANS QUEST TO BE APATHETIC..........
12 April 2000 | by (Hastings,England) – See all my reviews

While it would be easy for many to catagorize "Getting Straight" as a period film,it nonetheless is a timeless homage to those poor souls who are casual victims of circumstance.

From the beginning of the movie we see as protagonist Harry Bailey is set upon by all of his much younger and very politically naive fellow college students who think that if only Harry would join up with them,then their causes of the moment would be complete.It doesn't dawn upon these people that Harry is much older,with a completely different set of priorities than he had before going off to fight in the Vietnam war.

At this time in Harrys life,he wants to finish his masters degree in order to be given a teaching credential.Once he gets this,he can go about the business of molding future system challengers and left-wing banner carriers.

The only thing that stands in his way is his own naivite and egalitarian mind-set that he has reserved for all but himself.

"Getting Straight" shows us all the inevitable complications of fence-sitting and ignoring our potential in life.


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