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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.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutige Erdbeeren See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally the film was to be shot on Columbia University's campus. However, Columbia withdrew their offer and the crew moved to Berkeley instead. The book had not gained notoriety yet and Berkeley was more or less in the dark about the content of the film and what events the director would be staging on the campus. This explains the tongue-in-cheek statement that appears before the opening credits thanking an "anonymous locale" and noting "other cities refused to cooperate". 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

Simon: [on the phone in jail] Dad, what do you mean "Simon Who?" Yeah. Good. How's mom? Good. Got arrested. Yeah, jail. Uh. Well, yes, well, uh, if, well, it has been growing for two months, I mean, it's gotta be longer, right? Well, some people have bad associations when they see long hair, and some have them when they see long Cadillacs. Oh, I solved my identity crisis. Yeah. Hey, lemme - I'll - I'll call you later, OK? Bye-bye.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Yperoha plasmata: Tis Aristeras kai tis Proodou... (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Fishin' Blues
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Traditional
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An interesting period piece
25 June 2002 | by boilySee all my reviews

This movie will be of interest to anyone curious about the mores, attitudes, fashions, and lifestyles of the those involved in the radical student movement of the late 1960s. It presents a compelling portrait of the times. Personally I was left with the impression that the students were largely naive, spoiled idiots, and I found it difficult to sympathize with their agenda and methods. Nevertheless, I did feel for the duration of the movie that I was immersed in a reasonable, realistic representation of those times. The movie presents a more reality-based view of the late 60s than hippy freakout pieces like "Easy rider," for example, so you the viewer is advised to look at it as a kind of window into an era gone by.


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