Hair

Hair

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Director: Milos Forman

Cast: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo

     
 

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Milos Forman's adaptation of the tribal rock musical Hair stars John Savage as Claude, a quiet young man from the Midwest who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies on his way to begin basic training in the military. The repressed Claude is quite taken with Berger (Treat Williams) and the group of freedom seekers who reside in Central Park. The groupSee more details below

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Overview

Milos Forman's adaptation of the tribal rock musical Hair stars John Savage as Claude, a quiet young man from the Midwest who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies on his way to begin basic training in the military. The repressed Claude is quite taken with Berger (Treat Williams) and the group of freedom seekers who reside in Central Park. The group encourages Claude to go after a debutante named Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo). Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp masterminded the dances, which attempt to flow from the natural settings of the film. The film includes most of the more famous songs from the original play, including "Donna," "Aquarius," "Easy to Be Hard," "Let the Sunshine In," "Good Morning Starshine," and the title number.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While a disappointment at the box office, Hair is noteworthy for several reasons, chief among them the fact that it is a surprisingly good adaptation of a play that should have defied translation to the screen. Working with screenwriter Michael Weller, director Milos Forman has taken what on-stage was an atmospheric period piece with no discernible plot and created a coherent story with considerable emotional impact. The talented ensemble cast is of enormous help, especially Treat Williams, John Savage, and Beverly D'Angelo, but what makes the movie is Galt MacDermot's dazzling score -- and choreographer Twyla Tharp's and Forman's interpretation of it. From the camera's dizzying sweep around Ren Woods as she sings "Aquarius" to Savage's drug-induced wedding ballet to the crowded masses surrounding Savage in "Where Do I Go," the songs are staged with that rare combination of confidence and vitality that always mark the best moments in musical films. The sketchiness with which the characters are drawn, a problem arising from the large number of characters and compounded by lyrics that are more pop- than character-driven, damages the film, and many do not respond to its "take" on the 1960s, but overall Hair is a worthwhile and enjoyable film.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
UPC:
0883904230434
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
5,408

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Savage Claude Bukowski
Treat Williams Berger
Beverly D'Angelo Sheila
Nicholas Ray The General
Annie Golden Jeannie
Dorsey Wright Hud
Don Dacus Woof
Cheryl Barnes Hud's fiancee
Richard Bright Fenton
Charlotte Rae Party Guest
Miles Chapin Steve
Fern Tailer Sheila's Mother
Charles Deney Sheila's Father
Herman Meckler Sheila's Uncle
Agness Breen Sheila's Aunt
Antonia Rey Berger's Mother
George J. Manos Berger's Father
Linda Surh Vietnamese Girl
Jane Booke Debutante 1
Joe Acord Claude's Father
Michael Jeter Sheldon
Janet York Prison Psychiatrist
Rahsaan Curry Lafayette, Jr.
Harry Gittleson The Judge
Donald Alsdurf The MP
Steve Massicotte Barracks Officer
Mario Nelson Barracks Officer
Ren Woods "Aquarius" soloist
Nell Carter "Ain't Got No"/"White Boys"
Ellen Foley "Black Boys"
Charlaine Woodard "White Boys"
Chuck Patterson "White Boys"
Ron Young "Old Fashioned Melody"
Melba Moore "3-5-0-0" Soloist
Chris Komar Dancer
Hector Mercado Dancer
Donna Ritchie Dancer
Byron Utley Dancer
Johanna Baer Dancer
Carolyn Brown Dancer
Megan Murphy Dancer
Grand L. Bush "Flesh Failures"
Leata Galloway "Electric Blues"
Ronnie Dyson Actor
Galt MacDermot Conductor
Tom Pierson Conductor

Technical Credits
Milos Forman Director
Michael Butler Producer
Robert Greenhut Associate Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Galt MacDermot Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Lester Persky Producer
James Rado Score Composer,Songwriter
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Twyla Tharp Choreography
Stanley Warnow Editor
Michael Weller Screenwriter
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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