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Getting Straight -- Elliott Gould stars as a womanizing Viet Nam veteran who returns to the university to obtain a degree in education and finds himself involved in campus unrest. This socially relevant comedy co-stars Candice Bergen, John Rubenstein and Harrison Ford.

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13 May 1970 (USA) See more »
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Getting Straight lays it on the line. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elliott Gould ... Harry Bailey

Candice Bergen ... Jan

Robert F. Lyons ... Nick

Jeff Corey ... Dr. Edward Willhunt
Max Julien ... Ellis

Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Kasper
Jon Lormer ... Vandenburg

Leonard Stone ... Lysander
William Bramley ... Wade Linden

Jeannie Berlin ... Judy Kramer

John Rubinstein ... Herbert
Richard Anders ... Dr. Greengrass
Brenda Sykes ... Luan
Jenny Sullivan ... Sheila

Gregory Sierra ... Garcia

Billie Bird ... Landlady

Harrison Ford ... Jake
Elizabeth Lane ... Alice Linden
Hilary Thompson ... Cynthia
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Stebbins
Joanna Serpe ... Roommate
Scott Perry ... Airline representative
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Harry Holcombe ... Dean Chesney (uncredited)
Julia Anne Robinson ... College girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Rush 
 
Writing credits
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Robert Kaufman 
Ken Kolb  novel

Produced by
Paul Lewis .... associate producer
Richard Rush .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ronald Stein 
 
Cinematography by
László Kovács 
 
Film Editing by
Maury Winetrobe 
 
Art Direction by
Sydney Z. Litwack 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward M. Parker  (as Edward Parker)
 
Costume Design by
Gene Ashman 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup supervisor (as Leo Lotito)
 
Production Management
Sheldon Schrager .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hawk Koch .... assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
Charles Norton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Walter Starkey .... property master
 
Sound Department
Chic Borland .... sound
Les Fresholtz .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects
 
Stunts
Charles Bail .... stunt coordinator
Mike Dilley .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Don Carstenson .... gaffer
Jack Courtland .... camera operator
James Dean .... dolly grip
Peter Heiser .... assistant camera
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
Doug J. Campbell .... best boy grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Abe Lincoln Jr. .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
 
Other crew
Sheila Scott .... production assistant
Terry Terrill .... script supervisor
 
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124 min
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Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (1970) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Star Elliott Gould front-lined this movie straight after coming off two box-office hit pictures which were MASH (1970) and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969).See more »
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Harry Bailey:I'm going to be a teacher... and I'm going to teach the truth... to somebody.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
stands the test of time, 9 April 1999
Author: Marco Trevisiol from Melbourne, Australia

Considering what this film was about I was quite surprised how well the film and its ideology stand up today.

There are several reasons why. Firstly, the film doesn't present the student establishment as 100% right and the establishment/teachers as 100% wrong. This is because the film's central character Harry Bailey is presented as belonging somewhere in the middle. On one hand he's dismayed by the establishment's inabilities to understand what the students actually want but on the other hand he's dispirited by the students protesting on frivolous issues as well as a hint of double standards within the movement.

A good example of this is the character of Dr. Wilhunt who opposes Harry's move into teaching. While portrayed in the wrong, he's not a one-dimensional monster but someone who is realistic about how much a teacher can change students' morals while teaching english grammar.

In fact it's Harry's friend, hippie Nick Philbert, who brings him down when after attempting to avoid the draft, he joins the Marines and turns into a moralistic, gung-ho youth. Only at the end of the film does Harry realise what an unworthy, crazy person he is. It could've been easy for the film to make Dr. Wilhunt as the one who brings Harry down but it avoids the easy path and shows us that there are untrustworthy people everywhere in society whether they be young, old, conservative or radical.

Then there is the character of Harry Bailey who's in virtually every scene in the film. Again the film doesn't portray him as some flawless character who fights against the conservative establishment for noble causes. Instead we get someone who's intelligent, compassionate and idealistic but who also has traits of selfishness and foolishness. That he's a realistic, believeable, flawed but likeable person helps the film immesuarably. A lot of this credit must go to Elliott Gould who's excellent in the role.

Special note must be of the direction and cinematography which make the film look both stylish and fluid.Particularly impressive is the use of focussing on more then one object or character in the same shot as it's cleverly used to make points about events or people in narrational terms instead of words.

All in all a superb film and especially so when compared to another student film of the same era, the inept RPM.

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