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Getting Straight (1970)

A Vietnam vet and former social radical is conflicted by his desire to become a teacher and his sympathy with anti-establishment student protests.

Director:

Richard Rush

Writers:

Robert Kaufman, Ken Kolb (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Harry Bailey
Candice Bergen ... Jan
Robert F. Lyons ... Nick
Jeff Corey ... Dr. Edward Willhunt
Max Julien ... Ellis
Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Kasper
Jon Lormer ... Vandenburg
Leonard Stone ... Lysander
William Bramley William Bramley ... Wade Linden
Jeannie Berlin ... Judy Kramer
John Rubinstein ... Herbert
Richard Anders Richard Anders ... Dr. Greengrass
Brenda Sykes ... Luan
Jenny Sullivan ... Sheila
Gregory Sierra ... Garcia
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Storyline

Harry Bailey has returned from Vietnam and returns to college to earn his masters degree so he can teach English. He is considered a hero among the radical student body, but still sees the absurdity on both sides of the fence. He contends with the reactionary administration and the impetuous, often futile objectives of the restless students. He acts as a mediator between the two feuding bodies. On top of everything else, his girlfriend Jan wants to marry him and live a life in the suburbs. He is cornered and finally lets loose at his own masters degree dissertation meeting, just as the latest protest heats up. Written by thustlebird

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America's children lay it on the line. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino recto See more »

Filming Locations:

Eugene, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Final cinema movie of actor Cecil Kellaway. See more »

Quotes

Harry Bailey: [Bitterly and sarcastically to Ellis] Yes, I really approve of your protest about letting the lab monkeys copulate before they are taken into vivisection. One of the burning issues of our times!
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Shades of Gray
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31 August 2000 | by debbieestherSee all my reviews

Too bad Richard Rush doesn't make more movies. He's got a fantastic style, as can be seen in the more recent "The Stunt Man" and this movie should have retained a "classic" status. Set in the campus riot era, Harry Bailey only seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a teacher, molding another Salinger and making enough to live on. He can't be bothered with the idealistic ravings of his younger friends and fellow students until he see "it's not what you do that counts, it's what you are". Check out this totally superb performance of Elliot Gould's. Even if you find the movie dated and somewhat silly, Gould is extraordinary. Unfortunately Candy Bergen has about one decent scene, the rest of the time her acting is very trying. The rest of the actors are right on though, especially a very young Harrison Ford.


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