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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot - Coxswain
Tom Foral ...
Elliot - Organizer
Michael Margotta ...
Israel Horovitz ...
Dr. Benton
James Kunen ...
Girl with Clipboard
Carol Bagdasarian ...
Girl on Telephone
Jon Hill ...
Kristin Van Buren ...
Girl in Filing Room


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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Release Date:

24 June 1970 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Blutige Erdbeeren  »

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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 »


Linda: You're not really serious about this.
Simon: I am, too.
Linda: The university is burning babies and killing men, and you're on the rowing team.
Simon: Rowing *crew*. Linda...
Linda: It's a waste. This strike is part of something real. That's better than being a rowing jock.
Simon: Now, look, most of the guys on the crew aren't jocks. I mean, uh, crew doesn't even have as many WASPs as it should have, according to the population percentage of WASPs in the nation.
Linda: Maybe it should be shut down.
Simon: Now, look, I mean they have uh, ...
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Great celebration and memory of the revolutionary feelings of the late 60's
21 November 2005 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

I've grown older, I've grown sedated - this was the first time in I don't remember how long that a movie really made me FEEL so much. The music, the camera-work, the speeches, the feeling of just wanting to c h a n g e so much! I got completely wrapped up in it, especially, like someone else wrote, since the state of the world is at it is today; it makes this movie feel more accurate than ever! Why, oh why, aren't there revolutionaries like these on the streets and in the universities of today? One thing though. The movie very accurately portrays women of this time and this movement, and by that I mean they are portrayed either as sexual objects, passive jewelry for the revolutionaries (men) to lean on in their "headquarter" (in this case the dean's office)or as frail and beautiful little birds the men have to care for. It is true that this is how women of the movement were treated - as someone who could make coffee whilst the men drew up revolutionary plans of how to overthrow the government - that is until women fought back and started their own revolution. I just wish that when revolution comes next time, there will be no sexism in its lines...

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