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"Movies like Getting Straight are ceasing to be tolerable" complained one conservative movie magazine of 1970. Today, the once-relevant but now merely entertaining Getting Straight is not only tolerable, but downright user-friendly. Elliot Gould plays a Vietnam vet who decides to attend college after his tour of duty. Though much too old and worldly to truly fit in with the naive flower-power generation, Gould becomes swept up in the various activist movements on campus. The leading character's crisis of ...
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"Movies like Getting Straight are ceasing to be tolerable" complained one conservative movie magazine of 1970. Today, the once-relevant but now merely entertaining Getting Straight is not only tolerable, but downright user-friendly. Elliot Gould plays a Vietnam vet who decides to attend college after his tour of duty. Though much too old and worldly to truly fit in with the naive flower-power generation, Gould becomes swept up in the various activist movements on campus. The leading character's crisis of conscience concerns his field of study: he wants to be a teacher for idealistic reasons, while his Establishment professors try to convince him that it's just another job, and hardly the best one at that. He finally chooses which side he's on while attempting to act as a mediator between students and faculty during a campus riot. Candice Bergen plays Gould's girlfriend, while Robert F. Lyons steals every scene he's in as a draft dodger who'll go to any lengths to avoid military service. Getting Straight represents the final screen appearance of Cecil Kellaway, here cast as a hidebound tenured professor.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Martini minutes: "Secrets of Seduction" and "Secrets of Deception"
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considering its time of release and subject matter, Getting Straight holds up much better than might be expected. Some of its flaws, which were obvious at the time, actually are less bothersome now. Chief among them the fact that Straight is a film that pretends to be about the conflict between the conventional and the unconventional, but which is very conventional in its approach, style, and structure. As such, it sometimes comes across as pandering, trying to exploit the then-current student unrest that was prevalent in the headlines without really exploring it with as much honesty and subtlety as it might. Fortunately, when the film veers away from the "big issues" and focuses instead on delineating its characters, it is much more successful. Even the stereotypes in Straight come with a few surprising edges to them, and that helps to enrich the picture. Richard Rush also deserves credit for some fairly imaginative and effective direction, but the film's biggest asset is star Elliott Gould. Playing a character who can't find a segment of society in which he totally fits, Gould stands apart from others even when he' assimilating. There's confusion and discomfort in his portrayal, yet also a great deal of strength and purpose, and a fine combination of vulnerability and weary cynicism. It's an exceptionally fine performance, and one which is crucial to holding Straight together. With Gould at its center, Getting Straight emerges as an uneven but quite interesting effort.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2009
  • UPC: 043396285699
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elliott Gould Harry Bailey
Candice Bergen Jan
Robert F. Lyons Nick
Jeff Corey Dr. Willhunt
Max Julien Ellis
Cecil Kellaway Dr. Kasper
Jon Lormer Vandenburg
Leonard Stone Lysander
William Bramley Wade Linden
Jeannie Berlin Judy Kramer
John Rubinstein Herbert
Richard Anders Dr. Greengrass
Brenda Sykes Luan
Jenny Sullivan Sheila
Gregory Sierra Garcia
Billie Bird Landlady
Elizabeth Lane Alice Linden
Harry Holcombe Dean Chesney
Scott Perry Airline representative
Irene Tedrow Mrs. Stebbins
Hilary Thompson Cynthia
Harrison Ford Jake
Technical Credits
Richard Rush Director, Producer
Ira Anderson Jr. Special Effects
Gene Ashman Costumes/Costume Designer
Chuck Bail Stunts
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Kaufman Screenwriter
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Ben Lane Makeup
Paul Lewis Producer
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director
Leo Lotito Makeup
Edward Parker Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Ronald Stein Score Composer
Maury Winetrobe Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Getting Straight
1. Chapter 1 [8:47]
2. Chapter 2 [7:31]
3. Chapter 3 [8:19]
4. Chapter 4 [7:23]
5. Chapter 5 [14:37]
6. Chapter 6 [8:55]
7. Chapter 7 [12:20]
8. Chapter 8 [6:13]
9. Chapter 9 [11:59]
10. Chapter 10 [14:07]
11. Chapter 11 [8:36]
12. Chapter 12 [16:04]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Getting Straight
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   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Martini Minutes
      Secrets of Deception
      Secrets of Seduction
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