This is my first of 3 reviews for The Broadway Bound Blogathon 2020 being hosted by Rebecca of Taking Up Room.
Tnx for letting me partake Rebecca!
“The draft is white people sending black people to make war on the yellow people to defend the land they stole from the red people!” – Hippy
Number of Times Seen – Twice (30 Jan 2000 and 7 Jun 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A boy from Oklahoma meets a groups of hippies in New York while waiting to be drafted into the army.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing years ago and have always been inspired by the songs of the musical.
The story and plot works really well and is enhanced by the great musical numbers and choreography of it all.
The cast is filled with some really talented actors before they were able to break through and become recognizable including Treat Williams, John Savage, Beverly D’Angelo, Charlotte Rae and even Nell Carter and they all shine in their roles.
The story presents to us the very diverse way that three different parts of society viewed the conflict in Vietnam and how each of them looked at things from perspectives that only overlap slightly.
The way that the story is played out works really well in establishing the way that these kind of characters can change and evolve over the course of time as depicted on screen.
The opening song is one of the most famous songs of the time and is still enjoyable to listen to after over 40 years because the Age of Aquarius is truly ageless.
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Bottom Line – Great film that works so well largely due to the musical numbers and choreography of it all. The cast is very talented and Savage, D’Angelo, Carter, Rae and Williams all shine in their parts. Love the way that the film is able to show the diverse natures of three different parts of society who each have very different outlooks on the war in Vietnam. The plot is played out really well and allows us to get a clear idea of how the characters evolve over the course of the film. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Publicity for this picture stated that the film was the “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) of movie musicals” and “the best movie musical since Cabaret (1972). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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Innovative and groundbreaking play that was brought to the screen wonderfully well. It worked much better than I could have anticipated.
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i’ve never seen the stage production, but I really enjoyed the way they put this one together
Wow, that’s funny that they compared it to Star Wars. I’m going to have to add this one to my list because a lot of people have said it’s a classic.
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I dont really see the comparison, but… as a star wars fan, its always nice to hear 🙂 yep. check it out when u can!
Yeah, I don’t either, but they did weird things in the seventies.
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