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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Groves
... Sally Groves
... John
... Max
... Glenn
Barboura Morris ... Flo
Judy Lang ... Nadine
... Waitress
Beach Dickerson
... Cash
Caren Bernsen ... Alexandra
... Lulu
Bárbara Ransom ... Helena (as Barbara Ransom)
... Lover
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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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Listen to the sound of love. Feel purple. Taste green. Touch the scream that crawls up the wall! See more »

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23 August 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lovely Sort of Death  »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,000,000, 31 January 1970
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The film was rejected for a UK certificate 4 times by the BBFC (in 1967, 1971, 1980 and 1988) as it was considered an advertisement for the use of LSD. The film was shown uncut on the FilmFour satellite channel in 2002 and finally given a fully uncut UK DVD certificate in January 2004, almost 37 years after its first BBFC submission. See more »

Quotes

Max: I wish there was some hip way of telling you this, baby, but, ah... you're one with and part of an ever-expanding, loving, joyful, glorious, and harmonious universe.
Paul Groves: Funny.
Max: Yeah, in a way. But, you play your personal games.
Paul Groves: Alright, I know. Everybody knows. But nobody lives that way.
Max: Is that your defense, man?
Paul Groves: Yes. I mean, no. I'm guilty. I'm guilty.
Max: Right! But don't wallow, because it's fake and disgusting!
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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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Fine Jung Thing
Written and Performed by The Electric Flag
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Classic 60s psychsploitation!
29 December 2001 | by See 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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