Oklahoma kid Claude Bukowski (John Savage) arrives in New York on his way to the Vietnam War and makes friends with hippies in Central Park. At the time of this undeniably silly film’s release the glory days of the hippie movement were long gone, and many critics were right in pointing out that aspects of the story feel outdated. The characters may not be thoroughly believable, but Milos Forman’s sense of anarchy translates well. Many of the songs are undeniable classics, the cinematography has an autumnal beauty and the message of peace, love and understanding is always attractive.
1979-U.S. 121 min. Color. Directed by Milos Forman. Book: James Rado, Gerome Ragni. Cinematography: Miroslav Ondricek. Music: Galt MacDermot. Songs: Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, James Rado (”Aquarius”, ”Donna”, ”Hair”, ”Good Morning Starshine”, ”Let The Sunshine In”). Cast: John Savage (Claude Bukowski), Treat Williams (George Berger), Beverly D’Angelo (Sheila), Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus.