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13 May 1970 (USA) See more »
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America's children lay it on the line.
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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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Embodies exactly why the cultural revolution of the sixties happened/. See more (22 total) »

Cast

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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
(in alphabetical order)
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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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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Jan:Harry, if you're so God-damned smart, why can't you make me happy?See more »
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Shades of GraySee more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Embodies exactly why the cultural revolution of the sixties happened/., 23 March 2009

Don't you feel when they tell you war's a game / You're dead before you even start to play / Don't you feel you're just a number not a name / Your number's up today

Don't you feel what Chicken Little said is coming true / Can't you see the writing on the wall / Don't you feel the floor and ceiling closing in on you...

Or don't you feel at all?

"Getting Straight" has to do with something few even remember anymore: overthrowing the "Nixon People"--the 1950's culture. But it's not about getting "straight", it's about becoming the opposite. It's about realizing who you really are and what you must be.

Elliot Gould is an English teacher who is caught between these two worlds. He is is a graduate student who has his all-important Masters' thesis meeting soon. He's also a LITTLE too old for the world of the protesting and demonstrating college kids, angry about 'Nam, social injustice, repressive politics

...and gender-segregated dorms.

In the film, he tries very, very hard to see both sides. He even becomes the conduit for communication between the two sides. But at every turn, his efforts at cooperation, reconciliation, and approving things are thrown back in his face by the old people, who just don't "get it", and never will.

The final straw for the kids comes when the University responded to demands for co-ed dorms by moving the dorm curfew for other-sex visitors back by 30 minutes.

The point is: they genuinely thought that was enough.

As the intermediary, Gould pointed to a kid who had just thrown a rock through the Administration building window and told the the University president, "See that kid? A year ago he just wanted to get laid. Now he wants to kill somebody! YOU SHOULD HAVE LET HIM GET LAID!!"

But the older generation never understood that what was going on was not just about getting laid or 'Nam, it was an American Revolution of a kind not seen since the first one. And they didn't know it was about to blast them into the dustbin of history.

The last straw for Gould himself was when he tried to play by the rules at his Masters' meeting with the English faculty. He answered increasingly ridiculous questions the way they wanted him too. But in the end, like the kids, the situation with the old people became something he could no longer tolerate.

In his case, it was a closeted homosexual professor (in those days nobody talked admitted it openly) who insisted that Gould agree that the in the Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby's woman friend Jordan Baker, a golfer, was a reference to homosexuality, and that in fact there was a gay relationship between Gatsby and his neighbor Nick Carraway.

He finally realized that he has to be a radical, too, because old white man insists on forcing old-white-man beliefs on everyone else, no matter how poorly they fit.

He climbed up on the conference room table, announced that the greatest American literary form was the dirty limerick, told one, and then joined the rioting kids who had just broken down the English building door and were tearing everything up. He threw a symbolic rock through a window, and had became radicalized.

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