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Hair (1979)

Claude Bukowski leaves the family ranch in Oklahoma for New York where he is rapidly embraced into the hippie group of youngsters led by Berger, yet he's already been drafted. He soon falls in love with Sheila Franklin, a rich girl but still a rebel inside.

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Milos Forman

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Gerome Ragni (musical book), James Rado (musical book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Savage ... Claude Hooper Bukowski
Treat Williams ... George Berger
Beverly D'Angelo ... Sheila Franklin
Annie Golden ... Jeannie Ryan
Dorsey Wright ... Lafayette aka Hud
Don Dacus Don Dacus ... Woof
Cheryl Barnes Cheryl Barnes ... Hud's Fiancee
Richard Bright ... Fenton
Nicholas Ray ... The General
Charlotte Rae ... Lady in Pink
Miles Chapin ... Steve Wright
Fern Tailer Fern Tailer ... Sheila's Mother
Charles Denny Charles Denny ... Sheila's Father
Herman Meckler Herman Meckler ... Sheila's Uncle
Agness Breen Agness Breen ... Sheila's Aunt
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Storyline

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Let the sun shine in . . . all over again! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,284,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,313,606
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut cinema movie produced screenplay written by screenwriter Michael Weller. See more »

Goofs

Most of the recruits in Bukowski's barracks have hair longer than permitted including Bukowski himself. See more »

Quotes

Sheila: [after receiving Claude's letter] So, I was thinking of writing him. What should I say?
Jeannie: Oh! I wanna say something! I wanna say... um... tell him I said... um... Jeannie says 'Hi!'
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Soundtracks

L.B.J./Initials
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Performed by chorus
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Not the stage show, but a fun musical
25 June 2003 | by 15231See all my reviews

The original stage show was a gem, but there was no practical way of reproducing its essence on film, so it appears the story was almost completely rewritten and the staging redone for the film version.

What was filmed is lively and a fun depiction of the hippie movement as it never was. Then again, most musicals reach into fantasy just a bit to give the audience the escapism reason for wanting to see movies. The movie of Hair is presented in a very main-streamed format (unlike the stage show) and leaves out the major protests of the stage show against pollution (I understand that DOW Chemicals was a major financial backer of the movie, so that might explain the omission of all pollution references and songs - although they are on the soundtrack) as well as most references to the politics of the era or the plight of black soldiers in combat. Gone, too, are most of the conflicts between the younger and older generations.

This film, however, works for what it is: a musical fantasy that should not be taken seriously or as a depiction of real history. The songs that made it to the film are just as full of energy as they were on the stage, and the new story line (for the most part) is well done. The ending, sadly, goes over the top and alters the whole focus of what had been the building conflict within the plot.

Overall, it is an enjoyable musical involving a very sad time in this nation's history. Unfortunately, the profundity of the stage show is lost, and most people will only ever know the frivolity of this film rather than the beauty and depth of the original musical.


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