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The Strawberry Statement (1970)

Simon is a student at a college in San Francisco. He is content to be on the rowing team and remain as just a casual observer to the on-campus unrest, demonstrations and protests. However, ... See full summary »

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Simon
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Linda
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Elliot - Coxswain
Murray MacLeod ...
George
Tom Foral ...
Coach
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Elliot - Organizer
Michael Margotta ...
Swatch
Israel Horovitz ...
Dr. Benton
James Kunen ...
Chairman
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Girl with Clipboard
Carol Bagdasarian ...
Girl on Telephone
Jon Hill ...
Student
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Student
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Student
Kristin Van Buren ...
Girl in Filing Room
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Simon is a student at a college in San Francisco. He is content to be on the rowing team and remain as just a casual observer to the on-campus unrest, demonstrations and protests. However, curiosity gets the best of him and he begins exploring the inner sanctum of the students who have invaded the dean's office. He soon meets Linda and becomes a loyal member of the student revolution to meet girls. However, when he truly discovers the corruption and the madness that his comrades are protesting, his mindset also joins the movement. He becomes a revolutionary leader and prepares his comrades for a very violent climactic showdown with "the pigs" at a sit-in. Written by thustlebird

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Their dream was to go to college.

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Drama | Romance

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24 June 1970 (France)  »

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Blutige Erdbeeren  »

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Trivia

The film was originally to be shot on Columbia University's campus. However, Columbia withdrew their offer and the crew moved to Berkeley instead. The book had not gained notoriety yet and Berkeley was more or less in the dark about the content of the film and what events the director would be staging on the campus. This explains the tongue-in-cheek scrolling "thank-you-to-Berkeley" title card scrolling in the opening of the film. See more »

Goofs

Coxswains don't say "stroke". The stroke of the boat (the rower in front of the coxswain) is responsible for maintaining the stroke rate. See more »

Quotes

Simon: How many kids *will* show, do you think?
Charlie: It's worth taking a look. I mean, a lot of kids'll show because of that strawberry statement.
Simon: What?
Charlie: The dean. He said our telling him we had an opinion is like telling him we like strawberries.
Simon: Oh, I love straw - I love strawberries!
Charlie: Oh, schmuck.
Simon: Strawberries? What's he got against strawberries?
Charlie: Must be their color.
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Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Something In The Air
Recorded by Thunderclap Newman
Composed by John Keen (as John Keene)
Produced by Pete Townshend (as Peter Townshend)
Courtesy Track Records
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Overlooked Masterpiece
9 February 2000 | by ( LOS ANGELES) – See all my reviews

This exuberant, irreverent, tender, glorious film is THE cinematic embodiment of the sixties. This is one of the greatest films ever made. The camera work sparkles. Plot becomes almost irrelevant. This movie invented music video. It is much more than a movie about this or that. It is a celebration of life, youth, craziness, dreams. It leaves you yearning for life, and makes everything look beautiful. Watch this film to see how limited and timid most films are. What a breath of fresh air!!!!!


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