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Oklahoma boy Claude Bukowski (John Savage) travels to New York in the 1960s in order to join the Army and help the fighting troops in the Vietnam War. On his last two days before induction, he befriends a group of anti-war hippies, led by George Berger (Treat Williams) and falls in love with Sheila Franklin (Beverly D'Angelo), a seemingly unattainable rich girl.
Hair is a film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical by American playwrights/songwriters Gerome Ragni and James Rado along with Canadian composer Galt MacDermot. The musical was adapted for the film by American playwright Michael Weller.
The hippies rent a horse so that they can ride through Central Park. The horse gets away from them. Having been brought up on a ranch, Claude jumps on the horse and controls it. The hippies are grateful and befriend him on the spot.
Woodrow refused to take off his socks. When he was finally forced to remove them, his toenails were painted red. This was a subtle hint that he was gay.
Due to a phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes, where the sky shifts backwards every 2000 years or so, the rising constellation at dawn on April 1st changes accordingly. When the pseudoscience of astrology was written, Aries was the constellation that was on the rise. Shortly thereafter, Pisces became the rising sign. Now, 2000 years later, Aquarius is the constellation that rises at dawn. Consequently, we are now in the Age of Aquarius.
The lyrics of this song quote an Allen Ginsberg poem, "Wichita Vortex Sutra" in which General Maxwell Taylor is said to make reference to "Vietcong losses leveling up three five zero zero per month." The actual quoted figure appears to have been 3,800. The number 3,500 also appeared in media reports at about the same time listing the number of U.S. Marines landing at Danang, Vietnam on March 8, 1965, signaling the beginning of U.S. combat operations. See here for additional information.
Jeannie (Annie Golden) says that she knows who the father is but doesn't say who. Hud (Dorsey Wright) says that, If the baby is born white, it's probably Woof's (Don Dacus) child; if it's born "chocolate brown", it belongs to Hud.
George hijacks Steve's (Miles Chapin) car and drives to the Nevada army base along with Sheila, Jeannie, Woof, Hud/Lafayette, Hud's fiancee (Cheryl Barnes), and Lafayette Jr (Rahsaan Curry), to say goodbye to Claude. When the guard won't allow them on the base, they concoct a plot to steal a sergeant's uniform that George wears in order to get on the base. Once there, George switches places with Claude so that Claude can get off the base in order to see Sheila one last time. While Claude is off picnicking, his company suddenly receives orders to ready themselves for overseas movement. Claude returns to the base just in time to see the transport plane take off with George in his stead. In the final scene, the hippies visit the grave of George Berger, killed in Vietnam on April 6, 1968. Meanwhile, the White House lawns fill with anti-war protesters.
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