Getting Straight

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Released 1970

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Director:
Richard Rush
Released:
1970
Rating:
R
A Vietnam veteran and former student activist, Harry Bailey (Elliott Gould) has returned to college to complete his Master's Degree in Education. When not bedding his classmates, he teaches remedial English and tries to steer clear of the growing student unrest. Things become a bit more complicated when he falls in love with Jan (Candice Bergen), a beautiful coed, who's become a leader in the movement. As the demonstrations grow violent, however, the ensuing riots force the police to declare martial law. Deciding that "getting straight" is more important than fitting in, Harry denounces his professors, deliberately fails his exams and happily rejoins the movement.

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  • 90

    Variety

    Getting Straight is an outstanding film. It is a comprehensive, cynical, sympathetic, flip, touching and hilarious story of the middle generation [of the late 1960s] – those mill...

  • 60

    Time Out London

    Muddled campus revolt comedy, distinguished by Elliott Gould's marvellously grizzly performance as an ageing dropout who decides to drop back in again, and resolutely keeps his nos...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    A brilliant, mercurial performance by Elliott Gould steadies and vivifies but cannot save Getting Straight. Even with such sideline brilliance as the sad-funny performance of young...

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Comedy, Drama

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Politics, Social Issues, Military & War, Love & Romance