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The Battle of Love's Return (1971)

Not Rated | | Comedy | June 1971 (USA)
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After a series of mishaps, a young man is fired from his job for failing to deliver a package. He goes on a journey to find himself, encountering various characters including a priest and ... See full summary »






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Cast overview:
Dream Girl
Stanley Kaufman ...
Mr. Crumb
Andy Kay ...
The Loafer
Ida Goodcutt ...
Old Lady
Jim Crispi ...
Bridge Foreman
Bernard Brown ...
Roderick Ghyka ...
Dr. Finger
Bonnie Sacks ...
Army Sergeant
Robert S. Walker ...
Theodore Gershuny ...
Narrator (voice) (as Ted Gershuny)


After a series of mishaps, a young man is fired from his job for failing to deliver a package. He goes on a journey to find himself, encountering various characters including a priest and the owner of a pornographic bookstore, who are seen in black and white interview segments. Written by Georgina Spelvin

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You can always keep a good man down!




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Captures the "Me Decade" in it's confused glory...
1 March 2010 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

After the toxic fallout of the 60's love generation, this 1971 avant guard film captures the mood, confusion and questioning of life from a fractured generation; which is still relevant today. Look past Lloyd Kaufman's crazy Troma Studio persona..this is a very deep, intellectual, here. Kaufman plays a dual role as the director & 'Abacrombie' a geeky ineffectual man, in the post-hippies, early '70's America, his struggles with authority (eg. cops and his boss,played by Stanley Kaufman), trying to fit 'in'; trying to get out of his 'bag' & 'get in with the beautiful' & 'groovy' but never seeming to; as most of us in general have felt in our lives...he is chasing his dream girl (Lowry), who finally comes around, when it's too late. In the B&W documentary like scenes..hard questions are asked,to various characters; but we hear in the crew's background Kaufman (in the role of director) being chastised by the crew as a bumbling director, who lacks authority. One gets from from this movie (especially the climax)..the disillusionment & death of the flaccid "American dream", as personified by Kaufman's (the actor) nebbish character. I cannot think of any other way of understanding or 'getting' the message of what director/writer Kaufman is trying say cinematically, than this movie. It's relevant to any lost generation, out there, trying to adjust to the ever-changing, rapid 'culture shock' of the 21st Century. Whether you are a homey, jock, hipster, emo, suit or freak...this movie is a 'stone' American hidden filmic treasure...worth studying or being viewed more than once, whether watching 'straight' or 'turned on', Ma-a-a-an.

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