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First of all, the cast is excellent. Hard to believe that Michael Douglas could be that boyish! But he finds just the right balance between gnawing doubt & overconfidence in his portrayal of Jerry, a college student & gifted musician struggling to decide what he wants from life. When he meets Vanetta (a warm & wonderful Brenda Vacarro), he experiences his first adult relationship with a woman, both its joys & complications. What strikes me about these scenes is just how open, vulnerable, and passionate Jerry is with Vanetta -- no games, no hipster poses, no cynicism. The sexuality & nudity here are definitely depicted as positive, life-affirming things, a wonderful mystery to be unfolded between two people discovering the depths of their own yearnings.
Jerry is given more dimension in his role as Big Brother to Marvis, a smart mouthed boy concealing his fears beneath a shield of attitude. This relationship is handled well -- Jerry is anything but the noble, paternal white man helping a black child, the self-absorbed do-gooder without real feeling -- he genuinely wants to help Marvis if he can, but he knows that he's stumbling every step of the way.Read more ›
It is a classic story of the generation gap set in the background of the Vietnam War. Since I grew up during that time and saw friends and relatives get drafted, it was especially poignant to me. I also remember having similar arguments with my parents over the dinner table about the efficacy of such a bloody devastating war.
It was different back then -- reports from the battlefield were on TV every night with video of the victims. It was not pretty and it is something that will always stay in my memory.
Whether or not you are a child of the 60s or the new millennium, this is a great movie to watch. From a historical perspective it shows the effects a foreign war had on families and individuals in our country.
You also won't want to miss seeing a very young very cute Michael Douglas.
I highly recommend this movie.
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A big disappointment after seeing the play in the 1970's and again in the 1980's. The film centered more around the main character's love relationship than the main theme of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Art
The best thing about this Vietnam-era period piece is a young, topless Brenda Vaccaro. If you were in love with her like I was, this is essential.Published on December 1, 2010 by steamduck43