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The Trip (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 August 1967 (USA)
After his wife leaves him, a disillusioned director dives into the drug scene, trying anything his friend suggests.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

Jack Nicholson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Paul Groves
Susan Strasberg ... Sally Groves
Bruce Dern ... John
Dennis Hopper ... Max
Salli Sachse ... Glenn
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Flo
Judy Lang Judy Lang ... Nadine
Luana Anders ... Waitress
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson
Dick Miller ... Cash
Caren Bernsen Caren Bernsen ... Alexandra
Katherine Walsh ... Lulu
Michael Nader
Bárbara Ransom Bárbara Ransom ... Helena (as Barbara Ransom)
Michael Blodgett ... Lover
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Storyline

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first "trip". John takes Paul to a "freak-out" at his friend Max's (Dennis Hopper) pad. Splitting the scene, they score some acid from Max and return to John's split-level pad with an indoor/outdoor pool. Paul experiences visions of sex, death, strobe lights, flowers, dancing girls, witches, hooded riders, a torture chamber, and a dwarf. He panics but John tells him to "go with it, man." Would you trust John? Written by alfiehitchie

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A big thrill in a little pill. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lovely Sort of Death See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Corman also took LSD before starting the film, figuring he couldn't make a film about LSD without trying it himself. He had a good experience, and had to ask others what a "bad trip" was like in order to incorporate it into the film. See more »

Quotes

Max: It was a heavy trip. I slept for 36 hours, man. Blind. That was my last trip on Roybal, I'll tell you that.
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There are no opening credits. The title of the movie only appears onscreen once: above the pre-movie disclaimer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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Senior Citizen
Written and Performed by The Electric Flag
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The Trip
27 November 2000 | by kakkarotSee all my reviews

Once again, like many films of the same time, The Trip is often misunderstood for a campy, cheap exploitation of a once vibrant time 'too often reduced to nostalgic simplicities.' The Plot goes as follows: Peter Fonda plays a film director that is bummed out by his wife (Susan Strasberg) and pending divorce. So to cool out, he takes LSD from a psychologist-type who is making records of 'controlled' LSD experiments (played by Bruce Dern). The film seems to hold it together during the first 30 minutes or so, but loses it's place when the weird acid trips happen (note the creepy scene where Fonda dies and goes to some kind of hell inhabited by horsemen, knights, and dwarfs). Overall, this is an entertaining little time capsule filled with twists and old film techniques. But I still cannot stress enough the arrogance of a man who tries to capture an LSD trip on camera for the silver screen. Even though the film did do moderately well at the box-office (for 1967, that is), mind expansion enthusiasts, like myself, might find the LSD depictions to be a bit funny at times, and the dialogue to be typical for a film of its kind. But for all personal shortcomings, I recommend this film because it is a true original.


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