Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embrased into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger yet he's already been drafted.He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.
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This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. Written by
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During Claude's bus trip at the start of the film, he passes a field of ripe orange pumpkins, indicating that the time of year is autumn. When he gets to New York, specifically after the party where George stops the car, yellow forsythia are in bloom indicating that the time of year is spring, and the trees are all green instead of autumn colors. See more »
[after receiving Claude's letter]
So, I was thinking of writing him. What should I say?
Oh! I wanna say something! I wanna say... um... tell him I said... um... Jeannie says 'Hi!'
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The original stage show was a gem, but there was no practical way of reproducing its essence on film, so it appears the story was almost completely rewritten and the staging redone for the film version.
What was filmed is lively and a fun depiction of the hippie movement as it never was. Then again, most musicals reach into fantasy just a bit to give the audience the escapism reason for wanting to see movies. The movie of Hair is presented in a very main-streamed format (unlike the stage show) and leaves out the major protests of the stage show against pollution (I understand that DOW Chemicals was a major financial backer of the movie, so that might explain the omission of all pollution references and songs - although they are on the soundtrack) as well as most references to the politics of the era or the plight of black soldiers in combat. Gone, too, are most of the conflicts between the younger and older generations.
This film, however, works for what it is: a musical fantasy that should not be taken seriously or as a depiction of real history. The songs that made it to the film are just as full of energy as they were on the stage, and the new story line (for the most part) is well done. The ending, sadly, goes over the top and alters the whole focus of what had been the building conflict within the plot.
Overall, it is an enjoyable musical involving a very sad time in this nation's history. Unfortunately, the profundity of the stage show is lost, and most people will only ever know the frivolity of this film rather than the beauty and depth of the original musical.
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