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Vintage Early 70's Elliott Gould,
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This review is from: Getting Straight (DVD)
The last time I saw this film was 40 years ago when I was a college student during the Vietnam War protest era. It seemed like the heavily-moustached Elliott Gould was in every other movie during that period. This time he was joined by Candice Bergen, Jeff Corey, and a very-young looking Harrison Ford. It's definitely a period piece that does not really capture the zeitgeist pervading the late 60's and early 70's as much as mainstream Hollywood's attempt to cash in on it. The movie's climax comes when Gould, as a befuddled, former Berkeley-era protester and Vietnam vet who is trying to earn a graduate degree to become an English teacher, blows his oral exam during a discussion of the sexual orientation of F. Scott Fitzgerald as the campus around him erupts. Unfortunately the film's final scene is a let-down as Harry and his preppy girlfriend, Jan (Candice Bergen previewing her role in Carnal Knowledge), exclaim that they "don't belong there", meaning the establishment, and join in with the rioting protesters. Better dialogue may have saved the scene, but what it really needed was a darker ending that brought out Harry's frustration and anger. Nevertheless you can enjoy this vintage Elliott Gould performance.