Hair" is based on the popular broadway play of the 1960s. It takes place in New York at the time of the Vietnam war, but most notably during the hippie period. It is full of great music, wonderful dances, and vibrant costumes.
A young man named Claude Bukowski (John Savage) decides that he wants to join the Vietnam War, so he hops on a bus and goes to New York. When he arrives, he realizes that he is in the middle of a hippie gathering in the park. When three women ride by on horses, he notices the beautiful Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo), and is instantly infatuated. He is then approached by the free-spirited Berger (Treat Williams) and his gang of hippies (Don Dacus, Annie Golden, and Dorsey Wright) and is asked for some change. So starts the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Claude joins the group, but remembers that he has to leave for the war in a few days. They go on a series of wacky adventures, including crashing Sheila's family's party in order to see her, which lands them in jail. Shelia likes that they came to the party just to see her, so she also joins the group. Claude also accompanies them to a "be-in", in which he has his first experience with LSD. The drug causes him to have fantasies about a very strange wedding between him and Sheila, in which there is fog and dancing hippies everywhere.
But the good times can't last forever. Claude has to leave for his base soon, but the group does not want him to leave. Knowing that he has to be faithful to his country, he leaves anyway...
What follows is a story about friendship, loyalty, and courage. The costumes are glowing with color, and the musical numbers are breathtaking. The opening number, "Aquarius", is one of the greatest musical numbers of all the musicals, and may even be one of the greatest scenes in the history of cinema.
The closing piece, "The Flesh Failures/Let The Sunshine In", is a very powerful scene and is certainly a tearjerker.
All of the songs in this movie are excellent, as well as the actors who sing them. Treat Williams was great as Berger, and John Savage was also very good as Claude.
The most impressive actor in the movie is probably Cheryl Barnes, who plays Hud's fiancee. Her biggest part in the movie is the song "Easy To Be Hard", a song that displays her phenomenal and powerful voice.
And once the ending comes around, you can't help but grab the box of Kleenex. Despite the sad ending, "Hair" is a very funny and entertaining movie, with one of the best soundtracks ever produced.
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By: Nick Napolitano
This is a very fun movie! It is full of excellent music, energetic dances, and lots of colorful costumes.
The viewer feels like they are friends with Berger and the gang. It definitely has it's funny moments, as well as it's sad moments.
The acting is almost perfect, yet there are some slow parts the movie could have done without.
Overall, a very entertaining and fun movie. There are some shots of nudity, but nothing bad.
Bruce Springsteen auditioned for the movie. He didn't really want to, but his agent made him. His less-than-enthusiastic attitude did not impress Forman. Madonna also willingly tried out, but didn't make it. Well, at least their careers weren't hurt!
Cheryl Barnes, who wonderfully plays Hud's fiancee, was working as a maid in a motel when she auditioned for "Hair". Her powerful voice impressed Forman and the whole crew, as well as her great acting abilities. Unfortunately, she didn't really pursue an acting/singing career after this film.
George Lucas was originally going to direct the movie, but did "American Graffiti" instead.
After the group goes skinny dipping, they are dried almost 5 minutes later. Oops!
The fold in the money Claude holds in court changes orientation and is also folded more neatly between shots.
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Central Park, Arlington Cemetery (Washington DC) [Thanks to T.]
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This is a wonderful soundtrack! The highlights are "Aquarius", "Donna/Hashish", "I Got Life", "Hair", "Easy To Be Hard", "Good Morning Starshine", and "The Flesh Failures/Let The Sunshine In". In 1999 it was remastered for the 20th Anniversary, with a few extra tracks added. An awesome addition to your music collection, I promise!
4. Colored Spade
6. Abie Baby/Fourscore
7. I'm Black/Ain't Got No
9. Party Music
10. My Conviction
11. I Got Life
12. Frank Mills
15. Electric Blues/Old Fashioned Melody
16. Hare Krishna
17. Where Do I Go?
18. Black Boys
19. White Boys
20. Walking In Space
21. Easy To Be Hard
23. Good Morning Starshine
24. What A Piece Of Work Is Man
25. Somebody To Love
26. Don't Put It Down
27. The Flesh Failures/Let The Sunshine In
Soundtrack Available: On CD
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"Let The Sunshine In!"
Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Don Dacus, Annie Golden,
Dorsey Wright, Cheryl Barnes |
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|Great music, acting, dances, and script. A wonderful movie experience.|
|A few slow parts, and the ending makes almost makes me cry!|
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