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Getting Straight (1970)

A Vietnam vet and former social radical is conflicted by his desire to become a teacher and his sympathy with anti-establishment student protests.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

Robert Kaufman, Ken Kolb (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Harry Bailey
Candice Bergen ... Jan
Robert F. Lyons ... Nick
Jeff Corey ... Dr. Edward Willhunt
Max Julien ... Ellis
Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Kasper
Jon Lormer ... Vandenburg
Leonard Stone ... Lysander
William Bramley William Bramley ... Wade Linden
Jeannie Berlin ... Judy Kramer
John Rubinstein ... Herbert
Richard Anders ... Dr. Greengrass
Brenda Sykes ... Luan
Jenny Sullivan ... Sheila
Gregory Sierra ... Garcia
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Harry Bailey has returned from Vietnam and returns to college to earn his masters degree so he can teach English. He is considered a hero among the radical student body, but still sees the absurdity on both sides of the fence. He contends with the reactionary administration and the impetuous, often futile objectives of the restless students. He acts as a mediator between the two feuding bodies. On top of everything else, his girlfriend Jan wants to marry him and live a life in the suburbs. He is cornered and finally lets loose at his own masters degree dissertation meeting, just as the latest protest heats up. Written by thustlebird

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America's children lay it on the line. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino recto See more »

Filming Locations:

Eugene, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

First of two collaborations of director Richard Rush and screenwriter Robert Kaufman with the second being about four years later with Freebie and the Bean (1974). See more »

Quotes

Harry Bailey: Woman? You're not a woman! You're just a guy with a hole in the middle!
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Elliott Gould/Anne Murray (1976) See more »

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Time-capsule remnant
9 November 1998 | by Quilty-4See all my reviews

OK. Mainly, if you want to see Ms. 10-cents-a-minute and (to a greater extent) Mr. Gould make fools of themselves, check this relic out. It's suffused with dated political jargoneering and tedious, tortured ruminations on the expediency of individual political action circa 1970. Historically interesting (maybe).


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