Hair

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Released 1979

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Director:
Milos Forman
Released:
1979
Rating:
PG
Hair is the 1979 film adaptation of the wildly popular Broadway musical about the 1960s counterculture. Claude (John Savage), a reserved young man from Oklahoma, meets a carefree group of hippies in New York's Central Park led by the politically fervent, Berger (Treat Williams). Although Claude was going to enlist in the Army, Bergen convinces him that the free love lifestyle and protest marches are a better alternative. Claude falls in love with Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo), a society girl who has joined "the tribe." The story segues through the trademark conflicts of the era, race relations, long-haired hippies and resistance to the Vietnam War. The familiar songs like "Age of Aquarius" and "Frank Mills" resonate against the New York City landmarks, with beautifully realized choreography by Twyla Tharp. Directed by the Oscar-winning director Milos Forman ("One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"), the film faithfully captures the beloved music and free-spirit of the Gerome Ragni and James Rado original.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    TV Guide

    There is much to recommend in this film, and sheer energy pours off the screen in every frame.

  • 80

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    A rollicking musical memoir, as much a recollection of the show as of the period, a film that has the charm of a fable and the slickness of Broadway show biz at its breathless best.

  • 40

    Variety

    The spirit and elan that captivated the Vietnam protest era are long gone, and what Forman tries to make up with splash and verve fails to evoke potent nostalgia.

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    Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

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    Musicals