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      The Strawberry Statement

      R 1970 1 hr. 43 min. Drama List
      Reviews 73% 500+ Ratings Audience Score College student Simon (Bruce Davison) is politically apathetic but drawn to protests on campus because of the beautiful women in the crowds. His attraction to activist Linda (Kim Darby) makes him take politics more seriously, and soon Simon becomes a fully committed radical. As tensions rise in the community between the university and the surrounding black neighborhood over the construction of a new gym for students, Simon prepares to lay his life on the line for his new beliefs. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Students are rebelling against the war in Vietnam, against co-operation of their university with corporations from the military-industrial complex, but also against the university's appropriation of a playground in the poor African-American neighborhood. The protesting students decide to occupy one of the university's buildings. These rebellious students are mainly characterized by youthful enthusiasm and shallow analysis packed with common places. They are generally confused, being more liberals than revolutionaries, but even that is dangerous for the system in a situation of widespread social injustice and aggressive war, unfair even by the criteria of a government that started it, when proclaimed liberal values of democracy and freedom are openly diminished, and utter hypocrisy and corruption of the system become widely apparent. The University authorities decide to call the police and the National Guard to intervene and remove the students from the occupied building, and these decide to engage in non-violent resistance. Based on actual events. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Contemporary art for its time. Released 1 month after police shootings of students at Kent State University. Showed the folly of youth matched by rage and fascism by the police state of USA in 1970 America. Also pop vibe with fresh and original music. Like Hair but a movie. A Time capsule. The reviews of the time are typical pompous skeptics of art too true for its time. Anyway. Happy this movie exists. Super good. NC-17 rating is an interesting choice. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was shot in an innocent light, people getting caught up in something so much bigger than they themselves could ever have imagined. Set to a wide variety of contemporary late 60s music, this movie is a love story as much as it is a spoof of an actual university or college takeover. After all, it is based on a real event. But as the movie moves on, it starts to take on an energy not expected in the opening scenes, building to a dramatic and almost too-real ending. A lot of critics panned the movie, but if you were a student in the era, or a member of the counterculture, it is a look back on history, one that could have happened to anyone! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A semi-historic and interesting film of the late 60's showing the widening unrest/gap among my generation. I think it did a good job of depicting how students (most in fact) who were slowly pulled into the protest/anti-war movement and had an awareness of many sides of the politics. It is not about the few who were extremely dedicated early on, but I think it shows how the times/ beliefs did change for most of my generation. It drags in a few places but development of extreme breaks from society are usually slow and simmering. Great realistic depiction of many students at that time. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review s r Not much to it and I gave up. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member (***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Interesting. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Penelope Houston The Spectator Hagmann, got hist training in TV commercials; and all too often it shows through in the flashings and zoomings... the narcissistic awareness of the charm of youth. Sep 27, 2020 Full Review John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews an embarrassment for student activists of the period Rated: D+ Mar 6, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Never probes beyond the surface over student unrest in its social commentary. Rated: B- Jan 17, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis College student Simon (Bruce Davison) is politically apathetic but drawn to protests on campus because of the beautiful women in the crowds. His attraction to activist Linda (Kim Darby) makes him take politics more seriously, and soon Simon becomes a fully committed radical. As tensions rise in the community between the university and the surrounding black neighborhood over the construction of a new gym for students, Simon prepares to lay his life on the line for his new beliefs.
      Director
      Stuart Hagmann
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 24, 2019
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