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Star Spangled Girl (1971)

A pair of 60's hippies fall in love with the girl next door, who is exactly the kind of square that they are fighting against.

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A pair of 60's hippies fall in love with the girl next door, who is exactly the kind of square that they are fighting against.

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The source Neil Simon "Star Spangled Girl" play was Simon's first major critical and commercial failure on the Broadway stage. This film version was also a critical and commercial failure. See more »

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Norman Cornell: I'm sorry for what happened...
Amy Cooper: That's alright.
Norman Cornell: Andy... she spoke nicely to me...
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References Flipper (1963) See more »

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Girl
Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel
Performed by Davy Jones
recording supervised by Jackie Mills
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10 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While the review posted here is written well, it misses 3 important points:

1. The original play WAS about New Yorkers living in New York, which is why it was a success on Broadway. 2. When Hollywood bought the rights, they wanted to set it in California, which was just plain dumb. 3. Simon was *not* included in the screenplay re-write, and said in an interview that he was not happy with the movie.

Hence, it is quite the mistake to criticize Simon for applying NY culture to a California setting, since he actually had nothing to do with the movie.

This has always been the problem with Hollywood works based on Broadway productions, when they leave out the original creators. This was more of a 1960s and 1970s phenomenon, however. (Big disasters were Mame, The Wiz, Godspell, etc.) In the 40s and 50s, productions held truer - although the casting usually sucked - and the 80s and 90s began to keep the mission a little clearer. And, casting choices have been much better, as can be seen with things like Driving Miss Daisy, all the Beth Henley plays, somewhat Steel Magnolias, and the new treatments of Chicago or Dreamgirls; but there were some poor casting choices in Hairspray and the later Neil Simon works.


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