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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

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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

Elliot - Coxswain: [describing a large breasted woman who looks for Simon] Do you remember that... National Geographic you have in your back room?
Simon: [laughs] Yeah.
Elliot - Coxswain: Yeah, well this one is a white version of page 43.
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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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Down by The River
Composed and Sung by Neil Young
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records
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Sucked.
5 February 2002 | by Rilchiam-1See all my reviews

Sorry, but it did. I read the book first, which was absolutely priceless. It was the journal of James Simon Kunen (called Simon in the movie), who was a jock at Columbia when the student uprising got started, and half-heartedly joined the protestors, mostly because the squares weren't meeting his needs. He had a wonderfully cynical, pessimistic attitude.

So what do they do for the movie? First they change the setting to San Francisco! Why? Then they make his character into a complete wimp; I cringed at almost every line. And they add all this gratuitous violence, despite the fact that there was almost no violence in the real-life uprising. What struck me about the book/journal was how disorganized everyone was. The protestors didn't have a clear plan. Some of the Columbia students opposed the protestors, and *they* didn't have a clear plan. The cops were powerless to do much of anything to the protestors except occasionally put handcuffs on them and herd them around, and the administration flipped back and forth constantly between trying to compromise with the students and threatening to expel everyone. What I got out of it was that revolution sounds like a great idea, until you get into the dean's office and realize that you don't know what to do, besides pose for a photo in his leather chair while holding a joint.

But that doesn't sell tickets. So they have a big, loud riot scene, ending with a totally campy freeze frame. (I was waiting for Bruce Davison to die in that manner when I saw him in X-Men! No such luck.)


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