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Larry Bischof (writer)
Gloria Goldsmith (screenplay)
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July 1972 (USA) See more »
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Two girls on their way to a hippie encounter session pick up a crazed Vietnam veteran, who might just be the serial killer who is murdering hippies in the area. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dianne Hull ... Karen

Michael Ontkean ... Will

Kathleen Cody ... Debbie

Ralph Waite ... John
John McMurtry ... The Maker
Pamela Serpe ... Frances
Richard Grayling ... Motor Cop
Michael Kopsche ... Psychiatrist

Charlie Picerni ... Pool Player #1
Bob Bass ... Pool Player #2
Rigg Kennedy ... Chip
Sylvia Hayes ... Lady at Hamburger Stand
Elizabeth Saxon ... Mrs. Rae
Paul Sorensen ... Mr. Rae
Ruth Warshawsky ... Store Keeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Carlson ... Liquor Store Cop
Jane Chaback ... Encounter Group Member
Peter De Bond ... Encounter Group Member
Cliff Emmich ... Truckdriver
John Lawrence ... Man In Car
Jana Milo ... Girl at Party
Jean Paul Moran ... Encounter Group Member

Emory Parnell ... Bartender
Terry Wadsworth ... Hippy #1

Uschi Digard ... Beach Girl in Credits Sequence Only (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas J. Schmidt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Bischof  writer
Gloria Goldsmith  screenplay
Gloria Goldsmith  story
David M. Kaufman  writer
Michel Levesque  writer

Produced by
Thomas J. Schmidt .... producer
Joe Solomon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tom McIntosh 
Cinematography by
David M. Walsh 
Film Editing by
Jim Baulas 
Casting by
Pearl Kempton 
Makeup Department
Maurice Stein .... makeup artist
Production Management
William Martin .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Kobritz .... assistant director
Barry Steinberg .... assistant director
Art Department
William M. Bates .... property master
John Sexton .... property assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charlie King .... sound mixer (as Charles King)
Bernard F. Pincus .... sound editor
Hal Watkins .... sound re-recordist
Thomas Cunliffe .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Harris .... still photographer
Richard Moran .... key grip
Joe Smith .... gaffer
William Gossman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard N. Hannah .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Gary Haselbusch .... electrician (uncredited)
Victor King .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Ed Pirrung .... grip (uncredited)
Steve Smith .... electrician (uncredited)
Don Whipple .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eddie Marks .... costumer
Other crew
Jack Harmon .... title designer: main titles
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor
Randee Lynne Jensen .... assistant to writer (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Girls on the Road" - USA (alternative title)
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80 min | UK:76 min | Australia:75 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
I don't know why, but I kind of liked this, 30 September 2007
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

I'm not sure why, but I kind of liked this. It's very tame--aside from some brief nudity it could have been a TV movie. (The presence of sexploitation star Uschi Digardt might suggest a much racier movie, but she is literally only in a single brief shot in the opening credits). The plot is randomly weird, and the ending is infuriatingly ambiguous. Then there is the title song which. . . well, let me put it this way: if you went up to anybody on the street and asked them to make up a 70's-style song on the spot and sing it a capella, it would probably sound better than the one in this movie.

Two girls who have just graduated from high school take a trip out to the California beach. After causing an accident by flashing a passing motorist and getting rousted by the police, they pick up a hitch-hiker (Michael Ontkean) who is suffering from traumatic flashbacks caused by his time in Vietnam. The hitchhiker brings them to a commune headed by a guru (played by the guy who went on to become TV's "Papa Walton")and a drug-addled crazy who calls himself "the Creator". Meanwhile, someone is going around strangling young women. . .

This movie manages to capture some of the strange ambiance of this era, but not in the annoyingly self-reflexive way most later movies would (the music may be terrible, but at least it's not the usual overused cues for collective Baby-Boomer nostalgia). The two girls are pretty and appealing, and surprisingly innocent--this may be the first movie where young protagonists vow to lose their virginity and then completely fail to do so. (The brunette ALMOST gets it on with Papa Walton, which in itself is worth the price of admission). This is not very good, but it's an interesting time-capsule piece from the era kind of like "Last Summer", "Runaway, Runaway", "The Todd Killings", or "Welcome to Arrow Beach"

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