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The Strawberry Statement (1970)

R | | Drama, Romance | 14 June 1970 (UK)
An apolitical college student joins a group of campus protesters to meet girls but gets swept up in their cause and involved in a violent confrontation with police.

Director:

Stuart Hagmann

Writers:

James Kunen (novel), Israel Horovitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Davison ... Simon
Kim Darby ... Linda
Bud Cort ... Elliot - Coxswain
Murray MacLeod ... George
Tom Foral Tom Foral ... Coach
Bob Balaban ... Elliot - Organizer
Michael Margotta ... Swatch
Israel Horovitz Israel Horovitz ... Dr. Benton
James Kunen James Kunen ... Chairman
Jeannie Berlin ... Girl with Clipboard
Carol Bagdasarian Carol Bagdasarian ... Girl on Telephone
Jon Hill Jon Hill ... Student
Jess Walton ... Student
Andrew Parks ... Student
Kristin Van Buren Kristin Van Buren ... Girl in Filing Room
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Storyline

Simon is a student at a college in San Francisco. He is content to be on the rowing team and remain as just a casual observer to the on-campus unrest, demonstrations and protests. However, curiosity gets the best of him and he begins exploring the inner sanctum of the students who have invaded the dean's office. He soon meets Linda and becomes a loyal member of the student revolution to meet girls. However, when he truly discovers the corruption and the madness that his comrades are protesting, his mindset also joins the movement. He becomes a revolutionary leader and prepares his comrades for a very violent climactic showdown with "the pigs" at a sit-in. Written by thustlebird

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Their dream was to go to college.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Paul Willson's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Coxswains don't say "stroke". The stroke of the boat (the rower in front of the coxswain) is responsible for maintaining the stroke rate. See more »

Quotes

Linda: You're not really serious about this.
Simon: I am, too.
Linda: The university is burning babies and killing men, and you're on the rowing team.
Simon: Rowing *crew*. Linda...
Linda: It's a waste. This strike is part of something real. That's better than being a rowing jock.
Simon: Now, look, most of the guys on the crew aren't jocks. I mean, uh, crew doesn't even have as many WASPs as it should have, according to the population percentage of WASPs in the nation.
Linda: Maybe it should be shut down.
Simon: Now, look, I mean they have uh, mustaches ...
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Crazy Credits

The following written statement appears on screen before the opening credits sequence: "The producers of this film gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the people of San Francisco and another anonymous locale for participating in the production of this motion picture. Other cities refused to cooperate--perhaps feeling that strawberries are irrelevant." See more »


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Give Peace a Chance
Composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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A glorification of youth and freedom
30 May 1999 | by HolgerFSee all my reviews

When me and my friends saw this movie first in the seventies, it became one of our favorite movies. It seemed to me like a glorification of youth and freedom, which I had never encountered before. This and the great music (John Lennon, Neil Young and others) helped this movie to get cult status in former East Germany.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Strawberry Statement See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$804,274
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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