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Jerry, not a member of the 'protest generation' but is instead, an 'All American boy,' is drafted into the Army, just as things begin to go well for him. His decision to flee to Canada sparks off conflict with his parents, ending in the film's conclusion - in Vietnam. Written by
20-year-old college student, anxious to ditch the dull standard curriculum to study music at the school's conservatory, butts heads with his father over the decisions he's making and the girl that he's dating, while the Vietnam War and the draft looms large over him. Thinly-derived adaptation of Ron Cowen's off-Broadway play, a generation-gap tale directed by Anthony Newley (of all people), does have a distinctive middle-America look that captures life around mom's dining room table better than "The Subject Was Roses". Still, this young man's journey isn't very enthralling and his arguments aren't very persuasive. Newley keeps a lively pace but doesn't reign in his actors, although Michael Douglas, in one of his earliest film roles, is comfortable in front of the camera. Despite a bad haircut and a reddish face that looks sunburned, Douglas handles the leading role well, sharing a few strong scenes with Jack Warden as his father and Brenda Vaccaro as his girlfriend, a nursing student. Kirk Douglas (Michael's real-life dad) produced the film as a gift for his son; that kind of love and generosity is faked in the movie, which has an overlay of TV-styled melodrama that renders it ultimately unimportant. **1/2 from ****
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