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Psych-Out (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 March 1968 (USA)
A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

E. Hunter Willett (screenplay), Betty Ulius (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Strasberg ... Jenny Davis
Dean Stockwell ... Dave
Jack Nicholson ... Stoney
Bruce Dern ... Steve Davis
Adam Roarke ... Ben
Max Julien ... Elwood
Henry Jaglom ... Warren
Linda Gaye Scott ... Lynn (as Linda G. Scott)
Mireille Machu Mireille Machu ... Pandora (as I.J. Jefferson)
Tommy Flanders Tommy Flanders ... Wesley
Ken Scott ... Preacher
Garry Marshall ... Plainclothesman (as Gary Marshall)
Geoffrey Stevens Geoffrey Stevens ... Greg
Susan Bushman Susan Bushman ... Little Girl
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Thug (as John Cardos)
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Storyline

Jenny, a deaf runaway who has just arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to find her long-lost brother, a mysterious bearded sculptor known around town as The Seeker. She falls in with a psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim, whose members include Stoney, Ben, and Elwood. They hide her from the fuzz in their crash pad, a Victorian house crowded with love beads and necking couples. Mumblin' Jim's truth-seeking friend Dave considers the band's pursuit of success "playing games," but he agrees to help Jennie anyway. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Have You Ever TASTED FEAR or SMELLED MADNESS? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolt of the Flower People See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Dick Clark Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The group's vehicle is a 1967 Chevrolet Sportvan. MSRP was $2,455 ($18,800 in 2019). See more »

Goofs

During The Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" song, the lead guitarist's guitar changes halfway through the song. See more »

Quotes

Stoney: We need you to play with us.
Dave: You still playin' games, Stoney?
Stoney: Since when is music a game. Playin' makes me feel good.
Dave: So does a paycheck.
Stoney: Oh, yeah. The old bad thing. The root of all evil, right?
Dave: No. Not bad or good. There's only the truth.
Stoney: The truth. Old black and whitey.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD and television version runs 82 minutes while the HBO VHS version runs 101 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1995) See more »

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The World's On Fire
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Pleasures on Haight St. with Nicholson as Stoney
2 July 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

This cool, little movie (directed by Richard Rush of Stunt Man fame) stars Susan Strasberg (good actress; daughter of Lee); she hung out with all these cool nobodies (then) as a deaf chick on Haight_Ashbury streets looking for her older brother (Bruce Dern as the Seeker). This is a YEAR befor Easy Rider (a great movie) and the plot just rolls in a exploitive-psychelic Roger Corman way that's totally the perfect drive-in movie that is not a realistic hippie, 60's, whatever statement) for 1968. Dean Stockwell plays the cool, cynical head-band dude, Nicholson is Stoney, the level-headed pot-head guitar player, Max Julien as mr. intense, Henry Jaglom as the "artist" and The Strawberry Alarm Clock" first hit single (with a real plot) on location, and then Bruce Dern later in the film, while Strasberg carries the story (deaf); It's totally cool. I assume everybody hip as scene this Universal film by now, no matter what you're into.

Check this flick (It blows away The Wild Angels and other cool exploitation films by the youth movement, even then);along with Hell's Angels on Wheels (Jack Nicholson and Sabrina Scharf - from Easy Rider) as one of the few films made on the Haight - realism would come later; like a year later because of Hopper, Fonda and, well ...you know.


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