Hair (1979)

I watched, for the first time, the 1979 United Artists comedy/drama/anti-war/musical “Hair” on Netflix DVD. A Vietnam War draftee, Claude Hooper Bukowski, visits New York City a few days before his draft board appointment. Here he meets and befriends a group of hippies and falls in love with a rich high society girl. The movie is based on the 1968 Broadway musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. The film has a lot of differences in plot from the musical.

Hair is directed by  Miloš Forman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ragtime, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon) and produced by Lester Persky and Michael Butler.

Claude is played by John Savage (The Deer Hunter, The Onion Field, The Godfather Part III, Red Scorpion 2, Message in a Bottle, Gemini Rising), Berger is Treat Williams (Marathon Man, The Eagle Has Landed, 1941, The Empire Strikes Back, Dead Heat, Deep Rising, Critical Mass, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, TV episodes of Everwood, Chicago Fire),

Sheila is Beverly D’Angelo (The Sentinel, Every Which Way But Loose, Patsy Cline in Coal Miner’s Daughter, National Lampoon’s Vacation/European Vacation/Vegas Vacation/Christmas Vacation/2015 Vacation, Pacific Heights, High Fidelity,

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, TV Episodes of Entourage), Jeannie is Annie Golden (Desperately Seeking Susan, 12 Monkeys, TV episodes of Orange is the New Black),

Charlotte Rae (TV episodes of Car 54 Where Are You?, Sesame Street, The Partridge Family, The Rich Little Show, Edna Garrett in Diff’rent Strokes & Hello Larry & The Facts of Life)

Dorsey Wright (The Warriors), Don Dacus (guitarist, backing vocalist, actor, songwriter) and Nell Carter (TV episodes of Gimme a Break!, Ryan’s Hope, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper).

The movie is a good mix of story and musical, not a rock opera. There is lots of dancing involved and hundreds of extras. The film was nominated for two Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture (for Williams).

The movie’s soundtrack was released on RCA in 1979. The music is great including songs like Aquarius, Hair, Good Morning Starshine and Let the Sunshine In. I enjoyed this movie and will give it 4 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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