Julius Vrooder returns from the Vietnam War, pretending to be crazy to cope with the world which lands him in a VA hospital. He locates a tunnel where he creates a bunker existence complete...
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Julius Vrooder returns from the Vietnam War, pretending to be crazy to cope with the world which lands him in a VA hospital. He locates a tunnel where he creates a bunker existence complete with electricity while also falling in love with his doctor.
Attractive young stars, some interesting ideas...not your usual hospital hijinks
In the psychiatric unit of a California Veterans Hospital, delusional (and possibly schizophrenic) young ex-soldier fresh from Vietnam wins over a pretty and fearless nurse with his unconventional charm, perplexing genius, and adorable smile. An odd project to come from very-conventional director Arthur Hiller (to say nothing of executive producer Hugh Hefner!). However, the film does have a formula agenda at heart, and the streak of sentimentality is detectable right down the line. The man's hideaway world off the hospital grounds is a terrific addition, yet the unpointed satirical asides with the Water & Power and Telephone Companies trying to figure out who is stealing their services is curiously lax. Hiller doesn't get preachy, yet he's a stalwart purveyor of Tastefulness--and his unruffled movie is so staid, it's in constant danger of turning into the cinematic equivalent of cottage cheese. Leads Timothy Bottoms (easily working his winsome boyishness) and Barbara Seagull/Hershey (easily working her youthful luminousness) are very nice to watch, but the script could've stood some additional layers. "Julius Vrooder" is likable enough, but piffle doesn't stay fresh for very long. ** from ****
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