Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.
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what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
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Music and the anti-war feeling regarding Vietnam is marvelously staged in this 1979 film.Treat Williams is way-out and way-too-good as a hippie caught up in the period.The musical production numbers are marvelously staged in a film attempted to draw rebellious America with the establishment. I think that Damon Runyan would have had a ball with this excellent film.I wish that Charlotte Rae had had a speaking part in the film. When the hippie culture invades the well-off people's party, Rae as a guest of the elite, dances on the table thereby showing that she is willing and able to follow a different way of thinking as well as life.The integration of the army brass at the induction center participating in the singing is well done and shooting down the tower that produced the anti-establishment songs being sung over it were memorable.
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I just watched the movie Hair in TCM, for the first time since I saw after its original release. The musical was already past its prime when it was released in 1979 and Treat Williams was already a little old for the title role. What strikes me now is how well, sexist it is; the female characters are just appendages to the men. They're passive and soft-spoken and just go along with whatever the guys want. "Women's lib" was not on the agenda here. The draft and the war in Vietnam were the impetus for this film and that's what contemporary audiences reacted to.The movie, about a lovable group of ragtag hippies in Central Park has a frenetic quality to it; Milos Forman was the middle-aged director. This film isn't about the young as they were, it reflects Forman's middle-aged male longing for the energy and sexuality of youth. Living on the West Side at the time, I was struck that they cleaned up Central Park for the film. The park was in awful shape. You can see it in the film where the dust rises from the bare dirt in the Great Meadow during the "be-in." The eventual value of this film may lie in its documentary value because it was shot on location in late 1970s Manhattan,
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Hair is a musical about the hippie counterculture. Hippies generally are pacifists; they're against established institutions, parental values, war, pollution, and they live for drugs, free love (as much sex as possible) and peace on earth. For the most part they were just a lot of kids who wanted to try new things and make a difference. Well, they didn't succeed in creating world peace or ending war forever, but they did have quite an impact on society. Because they were against racism, sexism and homophobia, people learned a lot around that time about how people are all the same regardless of their race, gender or orientation. Hippies brought in new clothing styles and hair styles that on occasion are still worn today. They influenced music and books, movies and television. Not like the lazy, texting zombies of 2015 at all. They were the revolutionary generation, whereas today's generation is the couch potato generation.One of the many reasons people, mainly guys, became hippies was to avoid being drafted into the war. That's what happened to Claude, the main character of Hair. He soon makes friends with a hippie group in New York City (for the most part they look like hobos in flamboyant clothes). The leader of the group, George Burger, becomes his best friend and the hippie group crashes a party, sings about getting their hair cut and Claude gets stoned. After a falling out between Claude and the hippies, Claude joins the army after all, but when the hippies visit him and he goes AWOL, George gets on the plane going to Vietnam to take his place instead... getting killed overseas.Hair isn't just about hippies, it's a timeless message about how the world needs to learn to get along. We don't need to stop pollution or take drugs or have casual sex, we just need to learn to live together, everyone on the planet. Hopefully someday a generation like this one will come around again, hopefully kids will turn off their cellphones and glowing screens and wake up, try to make a difference in the world. Hair is one of the most interesting movies I've ever seen, it's been performed live as a play recently as well, and if you ever get the chance to see either version, don't pass it up.I also recommend Running With Scissors (2006), Pay It Forward (2000) and Harold & Maude (1971).
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I remember i watched this movie some years ago and i didn't remember it except the ending. When i watched it a second time, it was like i discovered the movie. I liked the songs because they talk about many life things like equality between peoples of different colors, the real face of the war, sex and of course the hair. I was surprised as there is a song which talk about drugs. I don't think it was common in the 70's to talk about drugs like this. The movie has some boring scenes like when they take a bath in a river. The last twenty minutes help the film to be better because there is a kind of message about solidarity between friends and i think Milos Forman wanted to tell us as your friends are important and can help you. I remembered only the ending because it was very emotional and it's an ending as you can't forget.