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      Getting Straight

      R 1970 2h 4m Comedy Drama List
      33% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 41% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Graduate student Harry Bailey (Elliott Gould) was once one of the most visible undergraduate activists on campus, but now that he's back studying for his master's, he's trying to fly right. Trouble is, the campus is exploding with various student movements, and Harry's girlfriend, Jan (Candice Bergen), is caught up in most of them. As Harry gets closer to finishing his degree, he finds his iconoclastic attitude increasingly aligned with the students rather than the faculty. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Sean Burns Crooked Marquee No image crystalizes a particular moment in American cinema quite like a walrus-mustached Elliott Gould shouting down an authority figure. Oct 2, 2022 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's an irritating and shallow film that sends the wrong message on college protests and proves Hollywood has little understanding of the counter-culture movement. Rated: C Jul 9, 2018 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator A comedy so confused about having its campus cake and eating it that it emerges with some sticky mouthfuls liberally smeared over its face. Jul 9, 2018 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com One of the few Hollywood films to deal with the students revolution, Richard Rush's Getting Straight, starring Elliott Gould, confuses broader political issues with sexual politics and getting laid Rated: C Feb 1, 2011 Full Review Jamie Gillies Apollo Guide Sadly, despite its radical themes and caricatures, there is nary an ounce of subversiveness at this film's heart. Rated: 69/100 Jun 17, 2009 Full Review Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Rated: 3/5 Jan 29, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Here's a tonally confused film. It veers between wacky comedy and heat-on-its-sleeve sincerity in ways that don't really sit comfortably with the viewer. That said, Gould is great and he carries the film for most of it's running time. It's also refreshingly skeptical about the student protesters while ultimately siding with them over the ineffective college administration. (That said, the film is about Gould's personal struggles more than it is about campus unrest, and the balance between these two plots is handled well.) The film's biggest liability is Bergen, who is quite simply awful. I am a big fan of Richard Rush, and this is definitely worth a view for those that share that feeling. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Don't believe the critics posted here. Especially the usually reliable Emanuele Levy REALLY missed the boat, and says a few things about the film's storyline that are fundamentally wrong and quite misleading Here's my take: Revisiting the 1970 counterculture film "Getting Straight", which has been unfairly much maligned, I find it to be every bit as relevant today, and worth a second look by free-thinking people among you. This is a far more serious and intriguing film than it has been given credit for. I was in college during this time period, and it is more accurate than those who weren't have any idea of. There are many good solid ideas and concepts alluded to here, and the writers encourage you to take those hints and explore them for yourselves. In the end, the two major characters make choices for themselves. But the movie isn't telling you that this is the choice you should make. Ironically, what happened in real life at Kent State, where National Guard troops were ordered onto campus in much the same way as they were here, but then fired those guns and killed students, happened the very same year this film was made. Unfortunately, in real life, that worked. In my mind, that awful event was the beginning of the end of the student movement. Sure, this film has its faults, particularly in a coloring book version of blacks and women, portraying them in ways stereotypical of the time period. One core thought presented here, and one that I don't buy into completely, is the pervasive influence of sex in the functions of society, particularly in a way that people don't realize (very Freudian). Examing that aspect of the movie could be a PhD thesis. But it is the notion of challenging the accepted norms and thinking for yourself that is the clearest and crucial message within, and I urge everyone who reads this to try it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member A film about campus life in the U.S. (during the Vietnam War). While it's not mentioned as such, this IS a view into America during that time. Not a story, this is on the whole, a film about Getting Straight, or is it really about NOT being straight? [img]http://s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/images/film/getting-straight/w448/getting-straight.jpg?1300995060[/img] Oh famous then Elliot Gould, where are you now? While not the best clip from the film, the general tone of the movie is sort of here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fkTw3T18Wo‎ [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSoMsp5Fg_DvhEldBMQw3sXKB2PUf6_gb6E2Nw7E8ytzJDVw0gkXA[/img] A very young Harrison Ford answers the door here Of course, these very WORDS are not meaningful today. The counter culture movement of the seventies developed an language of their own. "Straight" THEN meant being lock step with society. Get a degree, get a job, get a wife, go to Boy Scout meetings and well...like that. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcROy4dDifoYN93LYykSN51XEmXR3h7bkB1uBYz2DFkaU4O82OgIng[/img] Elliot Gould and his best girlfriend Candice You must learn the extreme dissatisfaction of many young Americans with their society back then to know what THIS film meant. Therefore, get a LIFE and read on. I would not expect ANYONE from this generation of critics, pro or others to understand or begin to even try to understand the era of this film. It's NO suprise to me that it has the humilating rating shown on RT. It only proves that the people that rated this filmed NEVER lived the era and could never comprehend it. There, I have spoken my peace about...... Getting Straight (1970). [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQYgoqGhUed1BIO1ailip3oCgJIKhrHUy-1fFkB77WHHnhC1bLI[/img] SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoXY69YMeUA REVIEWS: 50% "Getting Straight" means well, but is a bit of an embarrassment. As dated as its title suggests, this look at a troubled West Coast college hits all t... 90% Getting Straight Directed by: Richard Rush Directed by Richard Rush Produced by Richard Rush Written by Robert Kaufman Ken Kolb [img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_McI_KJIXOq0/TCw5qUgTd2I/AAAAAAAAHew/9oxYp3TAt4o/s1600/Getting5.jpg[/img] Starring Elliott Gould Candice Bergen Jeff Corey Harrison Ford Music by Ronald Stein Cinematography László Kovács Editing by Maury Winetrobe Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) May 13, 1970 July 31, 1970 September 10, 1977 Running time 124 mins Box office $5.1 million Class dismissed until I watch the rest of this film! Monsieur Rick [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/91/Getting_straight.jpg/220px-Getting_straight.jpg[/img] Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member I found this one enjoyable for Elliot Gould's snarky delivery as a protester with feet of clay, trying to buy into the establishment and become a teacher, though he is constantly put back into a place to be a revolutionary by those around him. This includes his cute girlfriend, played by a young Candice Bergen as well as numerous figures around the campus that is primed to explode as the police develop an increasingly large force on the grounds. The light-hearted tone is broken numerous times by bits of violence, which I suppose is the reality of the times, but it makes for a odd watching at times. Rental? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review eric b "Getting Straight" means well, but is a bit of an embarrassment. As dated as its title suggests, this look at a troubled West Coast college hits all the required late-'60s issues -- draft-dodging, sexual liberation, drugs, race relations, police brutality -- but is undone by its lack of subtlety. Lunkheaded writing sinks many of the us-versus-them confrontations, and star Elliott Gould flies into ridiculous, hammy tantrums in scene after scene. He plays Harry Bailey, a flawed, passionate, self-centered Vietnam veteran who's back in school to earn a teaching credential. You've rarely seen a character whose narcissism so infects an entire film -- it's as if nothing can happen on this campus without someone asking "What do you think, Harry?" He can't walk down a corridor without five people pawing for his attention. Harry is torn between joining the younger rebels and playing ball with the dowdy faculty and administrators. The date of his oral Masters exam approaches fast and, meanwhile, he's battling with his well-connected girlfriend (an overly tanned Candice Bergen), who's not cracked up to be a radical and would rather settle down with a solid husband and family. At one point, an exasperated Harry screams "You're not a woman -- you're a guy with a hole in the middle!" There's scarcely a conversation that ends without shouting. But the whole school is on the verge of an explosive conflict, as protesting students grow more and more incensed. The faculty is melodramatically accused of destroying the kids' futures, but the uproar is actually over demands as humdrum as a black-studies department, co-ed dorms and a later curfew. Not exactly causes worth dying for, but blood drips and flames crackle anyway. The Man just doesn't understand! Shaggy haircuts, sexism and a twee Simon & Garfunkel-esque soundtrack add to the film's age, but historians will enjoy seeing scattered lines from the young Harrison Ford. Director Richard Rush had a spotty career, but later worked on projects including "Freebie and the Bean" and the brilliant "The Stunt Man." Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting period piece that could have been called 'The Graduate (Student)' about a Vietnam War vet and former radical returning to school to get his teaching certificate and Masters in English literature. As campus protests heat up, he keeps getting distracted by the demands of his former radical friends, the mixed signals of his girlfriend, and his own complicated feelings about dropping out of the revolution. One of those movies that you have to be interested in the time period (and possess particularly liberal politics) to accept. Which I do. So I loved it. Gould gives an alternately subdued, complex and finally batshit insane performance; Bergen is completely convincing as the female equivalent, half in love with the revolution, and half desirous of escaping and moving to the suburbs. The final explosion at Gould's Masters oral exam is absolutely perfect and captures the feelings of anyone who has spent enough time in academe to realize how soul-sucking it can be. Also watch for a young Harrison Ford in a small part. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Graduate student Harry Bailey (Elliott Gould) was once one of the most visible undergraduate activists on campus, but now that he's back studying for his master's, he's trying to fly right. Trouble is, the campus is exploding with various student movements, and Harry's girlfriend, Jan (Candice Bergen), is caught up in most of them. As Harry gets closer to finishing his degree, he finds his iconoclastic attitude increasingly aligned with the students rather than the faculty.
      Director
      Richard Rush
      Producer
      Richard Rush
      Production Co
      Columbia
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Runtime
      2h 4m
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