The Harrad Experiment (1973)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  11 May 1973 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
Philip Tenhausen
Margaret Tenhausen
Harry Schacht (as B. Kirby Jr.)
Laurie Walters ...
Sheila Grove
Victoria Thompson ...
Beth Hillyer
Robert Middleton ...
Sidney Bower
Barbara (as Sharon Taggart)
Maggie Wellman ...
Michael Greene ...
Yoga Instructor
Ron Kolman ...
Eric Server ...
Robert C. Ross ...


At Harrad College, where controversial coed living situations are established, the students are forced to confront their sexuality in ways that society previously shunned. Part of the experiment is to pair incompatible members of the opposite sex as roommates in order to make them shun the traditional concept of monogamy. The film's primary two "couples" are the sex-crazed Stanley and ultra-timid Sheila, and insecure Harry and liberated Beth. In charge of the "experiment" are Prof. Philip Tenhausen and his wife, Margaret, who seem to enjoy the tension they instigate, as well as the graphic sexual episodes that unfold. Written by alfiehitchie & tipsyheadrinse

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The Sex manifesto of the free love generation. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The mythical Harrad College, was taken as a conjunction of Harvard (at the time early 1970's a predominantly Male college) and Radcliffe, a women's college. Hence the conjunctive:(HAR-RAD). See more »


James Whitmore's glasses keeps pushing his glasses back up his nose throughout the introductory speech, sometimes seconds apart as the cameras switch between long and close up shots. See more »


Followed by Harrad Summer (1974) See more »


I Hope I Have Your Love
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Lori Lieberman
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10 December 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A review that came before me listed top 10 unintentionally funny moments in the film, which I am going to reiterate/add to. It is the only way to truly enjoy the film. Don't read this if you actually want to experience these priceless moments freshly for yourself.

1. The opening credits tree hug.

2. "You don't need to lose any weight."/"Neither do you!" (Then the two kiss passionately)

3. Make-out scene simultanously occurring as a conversation about stamp collecting takes place. By the same people.

4. The fashion and hair!

5. Don Johnson repeatedly in scenes with massive pit stains, without any trace of pre-occurring hard labor. (And then he proceeds to make out with whoever is there.)

6. The redhead girl saying "That was wonderful!" to her roommate, after he punches Stanley after he walked in catching her making out with Stanly.

7. The music really is overly dramatic. Both the score and the acoustic guitar-laden ballads with priceless 70's lyrics, one song sung by Don Johnson himself!

Good points in film:

1. Don Johnson in wonderfully tight clothes and sometimes without them.

2. The enjoyment coming from the whole 70's aesthetic and seeing a story line unfold that is so foreign to our 21st century minds.

3. A way of looking at the feeling of jealousy, and dealing with it, that isn't really presented anymore. I decided to shed some of my own hard feelings regarding relationships after some reconsideration prompted by this film.

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