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Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me (1971)

Free-thinking student tries to put up with life at a straight-laced college in 1958.



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Credited cast:
Gnossos 'Paps' Pappadopoulis
Philip Shafer ...
Juan Carlos Rosenbloom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray the 'K' ...
Larry Albright ...
Fraternity Brother
Ved Bandhu ...
Marian Clarke ...
Pamela Watson-May
John Coe ...
John Collin ...
Sergeant Woody
John Davis ...
Male Student
Linda De Coff ...


Free-thinking student tries to put up with life at a straight-laced college in 1958.

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15 September 1971 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Gnossos 'Paps' Pappadopoulis: Why are you so dressed up?
Fitzgore: It's Rush Week.
Gnossos 'Paps' Pappadopoulis: You gonna kill the fatted calf?
Fitzgore: No, we're having steak.
[Gnossos rolls his eyes]
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Down By the Riverside
Written by Dazz Jordan
Sung by The Four Lads
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Too bad this film is not available
5 June 2004 | by (CA,USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it came out briefly in the theater. I totally disagree with Chip_Douglas' write-up, but I can can understand that some people like only classical music and couldn't stand rock, so people have different likes and dislikes.

When I saw the movie, I thought, "how can they get away with this? Is this really going to last?" It is a collage, somewhat of a satire, but also a work of art in studying some archetypes of a period. If the movie were available, and shown several times on cable or satellite, I think it would become a cult classic. You cannot view it in a serious way because it is a view of extremes. It's not supposed to be a real-life story. Somebody please put it on DVD! It would be similar in television to the fantastic American Gothic series, also practically unavailable.

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