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The Trip (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 August 1967 (USA)
After his wife leaves him, a disillusioned director dives into the drug scene, trying anything his friend suggests.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Jack Nicholson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Paul Groves
Susan Strasberg ... Sally Groves
Bruce Dern ... John
Dennis Hopper ... Max
Salli Sachse ... Glenn
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Flo
Judy Lang ... Nadine
Luana Anders ... Waitress
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson
Dick Miller ... Cash
Caren Bernsen Caren Bernsen ... Alexandra
Katherine Walsh ... Lulu
Michael Nader
Bárbara Ransom Bárbara Ransom ... Helena (as Barbara Ransom)
Michael Blodgett ... Lover
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Storyline

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first "trip". John takes Paul to a "freak-out" at his friend Max's (Dennis Hopper) pad. Splitting the scene, they score some acid from Max and return to John's split-level pad with an indoor/outdoor pool. Paul experiences visions of sex, death, strobe lights, flowers, dancing girls, witches, hooded riders, a torture chamber, and a dwarf. He panics but John tells him to "go with it, man." Would you trust John? Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Groovy Gravy!...The Trip is Out of Sight! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jack Nicholson wrote this screenplay for Corman based on his own experience of taking LSD under controlled laboratory conditions and also on his marriage break-up with first wife, Sandra Knight. See more »

Quotes

Paul Groves: [Holding an orange up to the horizon] That's the sun in my hands, man! Oh, it gives off an orange cloud of light that just flows right out over the sea! Wow!
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There are no opening credits. The title of the movie only appears onscreen once: above the pre-movie disclaimer. See more »

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The Other Ed Norton
Written and Performed by The Electric Flag
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Classic 60s psychsploitation!
29 December 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Roger Corman, king of b-grade Science fiction, horror, juvenile delinquent and biker movies, tunes in, turns on, and helps create a classic piece of psychedelia. Scripted by Jack Nicholson, and co-starring his future 'Easy Rider' collaborators Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, as well as the always great Bruce Dern ('The Wild Angels', 'Bloody Mama', 'Silent Running'), the late Susan Strasberg (with Dern and Nicholson in 'Psych-Out' the following year - another psych classic), Corman regular Dick Miller ('A Bucket Of Blood',etc.), Luana Anders (Coppola and Corman's 'Dementia 13'), and even blink and you'll miss them cameos from Peter Bogdanovich and cosmic cowboy Gram Parsons.

Fonda plays a disillusioned director of TV commercials who decides to drop acid for the first time in the hope of finding some meaning in his life. Dern plays his guide. Fonda's trip includes stroboscopic lights, quasi-medieval scenes including dwarves and hooded horsemen, naked go-go dancers, fast cuts, and his own funeral. Apple juice and a visit to the laundromat also play quite significant roles. This is a must see for anyone interested in 60s pop culture, and is still one of the most entertaining psych movies. Take 'The Trip' or you'll regret it forever!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lovely Sort of Death See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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