Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

Overview

Born in 1936, Hugh Romney was an improvisational actor and standup comic who befriended Lenny Bruce and Bob Dylan when he settled in New York's Greenwich Village in the early '60s. Romney's career took him to the West Coast in the mid-'60s, where he fell in with Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and became a key figure in the early days of the hippie movement. Adopting the nickname "Wavy Gravy", he embraced the persona of a playful clown, in part because he observed that hippies got arrested at protest marches, but ...
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Overview

Born in 1936, Hugh Romney was an improvisational actor and standup comic who befriended Lenny Bruce and Bob Dylan when he settled in New York's Greenwich Village in the early '60s. Romney's career took him to the West Coast in the mid-'60s, where he fell in with Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and became a key figure in the early days of the hippie movement. Adopting the nickname "Wavy Gravy", he embraced the persona of a playful clown, in part because he observed that hippies got arrested at protest marches, but clowns in parades did not. Wavy Gravy and his wife formed a commune in Berkley, CA, called the Hog Farm, and members of the group were hired to help with security at the Woodstock rock festival in 1969, with Romney dubbing his group "The Please Force." Wavy Gravy became one of the more visible figures in the '60s counterculture scene, but unlike some of his peers, he never lost track of the ideals that came to symbolize the decade; well into his seventies, Wavy Gravy still works on behalf of environmental concerns, operates a camp Camp Winnarainbow that teaches clowning to homeless and underprivileged children, helps run a charitable organization the Seva Foundation that funds eye care for the poor in the Third World, and works with children living with brain injuries. Described by his friend Paul Krasner as "the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Theresa", Hugh Romney's remarkable life story is brought to the screen by filmmaker Michelle Esrick in the documentary Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie. The film had its world premiere at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Special Features

Over 55 minutes of extra scenes; All-star cast sings Wavy's song, "Basic Human Needs" over credits, including Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • UPC: 767685254448
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,727

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wavy Gravy Participant
Technical Credits
Michelle Esrick Director, Producer
David Becker Producer
Daniel B. Gold Cinematographer
Emory Joseph Score Composer
Jill Meyers Musical Direction/Supervision
D.A. Pennebaker Executive Producer
John Pritzker Executive Producer
Karen K.H. Sim Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie
1. Imagine World Peace [6:26]
2. Stand-Up Tongue Dancing [6:15]
3. Everyone Gets High [2:25]
4. Basic Human Needs [2:00]
5. Recapture the Planet Earth [6:36]
6. We Must Be In Heaven, Man [10:42]
7. Put Your Good Where It Will Go the Most [6:02]
8. Winnarainbow [5:52]
9. Inspired Fool [10:27]
10. Journey to the East [12:45]
11. Compassion in Action [6:07]
12. Calling All Earth People! [11:02]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie
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   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Bonus Scenes 57 min
         Play All
            P.T. Barnum's Grave
            Wavy's 70th Birthday Dinner
            Earth People's Park
            Grace & Joy
            Wavy's Art Show in New York
            Love Strategy
            Power to the Peaceful
            The Power of Love
            The Answer Is Always "Yes!"
            FUNdraisers
            Compassion in Action
      Filmmaker Bio
      About Docurama
         Trailers
            Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back
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            Dirt! The Movie
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            FTA
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            The Weather Underground
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      Docurama Trailers
         Trailers
            Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back
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            Dirt! The Movie
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            FTA
               View Trailer
            The Weather Underground
               View Trailer
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Dolby
      2.0 Stereo
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