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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
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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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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Fishin' Blues
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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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