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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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Taste a Moment of Madness...Listen to the Sound of Purple 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 »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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 movie was meant to perform the same function in relation to The Trip (1967). Jack Nicholson had written a script that director Richard Rush thought was too "experimental" for mainstream cinema, so the concept of a 'youth" film based in San Francisco and dealing with flower power and drugs was taken over by other writers and Nicholson did not eventually receive a screen credit for his work, although he took what was essentially the male lead in the picture. But Nicholson wrote the part of Stoney for himself as part of the package. 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 and his band have just gotten offstage]
Dave: [offering Stoney a joint] Why so happy? Is it the fame or the fortune?
Stoney: Oh man, Dave, you are relentless.
Dave: Tell me your philosophy, Stoney. Let's talk about something important. What color Continental are you going to buy?
Stoney: [putting Dave on] Cantaloupe, man.
Dave: That's interesting. Uh. Let me ask you this. How do you stand on monogrammed shirts?
Stoney: Love 'em, man, love 'em. Wear 'em for underwear all the time you know. Anything with my initials on it. ...
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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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Wickedly good fun from the era of Flower Power
21 November 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

It's a rock band - hippie gang trying to protect a deaf runaway girl while on the search for her missing brother, but instead, they're taking The Trip to nowhere. Director Rush, who gave pony-tailed Nicholson some star treatment in HELL'S ANGELS ON WHEELS, delivers this pretty good view of offbeat, sublime hysteria pertaining to the drug frenzy that popularized late 60s culture. One troubling factor, though: it was made to immoralize society as we once knew it. Just say "wicked", and you'll enjoy this cinematic acid trip that isn't half-bad. RATING: * * 1/2


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