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

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Richard Rush

Writers:

Robert Kaufman, Ken Kolb (novel)

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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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Storyline

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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Getting Straight lays it on the line. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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One of the first cinema movie appearances of actor Harrison Ford where he is billed exactly under this name. See more »

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When Harry and Jan are eating with the Lindens, Wade sounds like he calls Jan "Candice" when he takes the salad bowl and sets it on the table. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Willhunt: For those of you whose averages might drop considerably, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Mr. Bailey, I hear Vietnam is quite pleasant this time of year.
Harry Bailey: No, not really Dr. Wilhunt. You see, it's the rainy season. And during the rainy season, we used to get these fantastic mudslides that would wash up all these shallow graves. So if you really want to enjoy yourself, I would go in the late summertime.
Dr. Willhunt: [Clearly annoted by some laughter from the class] I'll see you in my office at eleven o'clock....
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Referenced in The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' (2000) See more »

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Shades of Gray
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
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Its Sheila Graham not Zelda
17 January 2006 | by clocke1See all my reviews

one of my favorite oldies.Candice had just left the University of Pennsylvania where she literally stopped traffic on campus because of her beauty (I actually saw it happen!).She never looked as good in films as she did in real life at that time.I believe that the line Eliot Gould uses when he's had enough of the professor's comments about Fitzgerald's homosexuality is that yes it could be possible that he was a homosexual but that it sure would be news to Sheila Graham (not Zelda) with whom he had an apparently scandalous affair when he was in Hollywood trying to make money.I was in college during that era and there its a fairly good representation of the way things were then and indicative of the nuttiness of that era


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Getting Straight See more »

Filming Locations:

Eugene, Oregon, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$13,300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,300,000
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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